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Party chat now available in the Xbox apps for Android and iOS

The Xbox apps for Android and iOS will now let you take part in party chat while on the go. The feature has been in testing with the beta Xbox apps on both platforms since December, but it's now rolling out to everyone on the release versions.

Getting set up with party chat is fairly simple on both platforms. In the Xbox app, you can navigate to the "Parties" section by tapping the icon that looks like three people at the top of the screen. From there, tap "Start a party" and start inviting friends. Once in a party, you can take part in voice and text chat. A number of controls are also available, allowing you to mute others, check out other players' profiles, and manage party settings.

Previously, party chat was limited to the Xbox app on Windows 10 and the console itself, so it's nice to see it hit mobile platforms as well. If you want to keep up with your Xbox friends on the go, you can check out party chat by picking up the latest versions of the Xbox app at Google Play and the App Store now.

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  • And yet Windows 10 Mobile is left out once again
  • Win10m xbox app already has it
    You can see it in setting: what new
  • That was probably just a lazy developer who didn't update the changelog for the Windows 10 Mobile version of the Xbox app because you definitely cannot party chat from the Xbox App on W10 Mobile (which always was frustrating because it is a UWP app and the PC version of it can).
  • No-one at Microsoft even uses it anymore. It's the future we now live in.
  • Well granted main development but I don't get how they can't seem to enable it on mobile
  • Because it is compiled against a newer Windows SDK that doesn't support the Mobile SKU. To compile against an older SDK that works on mobile would more than double the testing effort for little gain. We are less than 2 million worldwide.  Get used to being a minority. As a visible minority in my country, this is nothing new for me :D
  • I now use the iPhone; however, the Xbox app on WM10 is better than the iPhone version. The UI and UX of the WM10 apo I wish was implemented on the iPhone version