The coronavirus pandemic has forced us into social distancing, and most of us really miss our friends and family. Though you may not be able to hang out in person, there is a range of video calling apps to help you keep in touch.
Best Video Chatting Apps
1. Zoom Meeting
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Zoom is especially useful if you work from home or if you’re just very popular: You can have up to 100 people on a Zoom video call at once under their basic, free plan.
Maximum free users: Time limit for 3 or more.
- Good for friends and colleagues alike.
- Comprehensive feature set.
- Works on all platforms.
Cons: Free tier imposes limits for 3 or more people.
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Skype is great for groups of up to 50 people around the world and is free. Skype can be used on mobile devices, computers, smartwatches, and Xbox One. Skype’s been a name on the list of best video chat apps for a very long time.
Maximum free users: 50.
Cons: Business tier costs money.
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Discord is one of the most popular group chat apps out there. It’s made for gamers mostly, but you can start a server and chat with like-minded folks about just about any topic you can think of. The app mostly focuses on group chats, DMs, and voice chats for gamers.
Maximum free users: 10 on video call; 50 while streaming.
- Great for gaming.
- Robust PC and mobile apps.
4. Google Duo
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Google Duo is essentially Google’s answer to FaceTime. It’s also one of the most simple video chat apps available. You simply log in, verify your number, and you’re good to go. You can video call other Google Duo users like you’re making a normal phone call.
Maximum free users: 8.
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Works with: iOS, Mac.
Facetime lets users make video and audio calls to individuals as well as groups of up to 32 people using mobile data and WiFi. Facetime is free, but only works with Apple devices, so you’ll have to use a different app to chat with Android pals.
Maximum free users: 32.
- Supports up to 32 people on a video call.
- Built into every iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- FaceTime Audio makes voice calls easy, too.
Cons: Only accessible on Apple devices.
6. Facebook Messenger
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Facebook Messenger allows for free video calling around the world for individuals or groups of up to six participants and can be used on cellular devices as well as tablets and computers.
Maximum free users: 50.
- Available on the web and phone.
- Max 50 people allowed on a video call.