A video call gets you much closer to the person with whom you are talking.
Nowadays, apps for phones and free software for desktop let you make video calls quite easily, and most of them are very reliable.
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FaceTime is probably the best option for video chatting if you and your friends are lucky owners of an iPad or iPhone. It’s very easy to use and comes installed on all Apple hardware.
Notice that you can use FaceTime only with Apple hardware. There is no need for any additional setup for making a video call.
Just for fun, check out the extra option: if you have an iPhone X, XS or XS Max, use Animoji and Memoji, which lets you replace your face with a funny animated avatar.
It would be true to say that Skype is the original video and audio chat master. Install Skype on your desktop or phone, set up an account or use a Microsoft login. Skype is free software and can be used on any platform that you have! You will get a free software download that also comes with free audio calls. Want to make calls to mobile or landline numbers? In this case you will need to get a subscription plan or simply add some credit to your account.
If you face some connection problems during your calls, check out our article -> How to work with Skype connection problems.
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Google has an interesting app for video chatting - Google Duo. It has a simple interface that’s very clean and easy to navigate. To start a video call, open the app, scroll the list of your Google contacts, choose the person you want to call and start a video call. You can use Google Duo on any phone.
Did you know that WhatsApp can be used not only for text messaging, but also for encrypted video calls?
In any WhatsApp message page, press the video camera icon at the top of the screen, and this will start a video call. There is an option for a group video chat with up to four people in the same chat.
WhatsApp is also a good choice when you need to use less data. Go to the WhatsApp’s settings and find the Data and Storage Usage section, choose the Low Data Usage option.
More than two billion people use Facebook every day! Most of your friends probably have a Facebook account, so it’s easy to start video chats.
Just find the video camera button on any messenger screen, and it doesn’t matter if you are in a web browser or in the Facebook Messenger app on your smartphone. This is one of the simplest video chat solutions.
Facebook is also good for group calls: up to 50 people can join the same chat! If you are away from home, bring your family together during the holidays on Facebook :)
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