The coronavirus pandemic has forced us into social distancing—and let’s be honest, most of us really miss our friends and family. Though you may not be able to hang out in person, there are a slew of video chatting apps and video calling apps to help you keep in touch. Literal and figurative Facetime has never been easier or more necessary than it is right now. Get your filters ready and get in touch with the people you love.
Best Video Chatting Apps:
Probably the most popular video chatting app, 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.
WhatsApp works on both Android and iOs platforms and has 2 billion users, making it a great choice if you have friends with a diverse group of devices. You can have groups of up to four users on WhatsApp, which is completely free.
3. Facebook Messenger
If you’re not Facebook-averse, 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.
Skype is great for groups of up to 50 people around the world and is free. Skype can be used on mobile devices, computers, smart watches and XBox One.
5. Google Hangouts
You can video chat with up to 10 participants worldwide using Google Hangouts in its free, basic version.
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.
Video chat with up to six people at once globally for free using Instagram.
Viber is great for international calling and high quality one-on-one video calls. You can also record video and audio messages that aren’t in real time and use group messaging in the app. Viber to Viber calls are free, though you’ll have to pay for calling non-users.