8 Best Video Chat Apps

Video chatting is an important part of Internet culture. It is a great way to connect with people who are important to us, no matter where they are in the world. Of course, having access to the best video chat apps is also crucial, and while there are many options out there, only a few are deemed well-designed and easy to use, with all the important features provided.

Here are a few video chat services for your consideration, most of which are available not only on both iOS and Android platforms, but on the desktop as well.

1. Skype (Free on Android, iOS, and Desktop)

Skype is the pioneer of video chat apps, and since its initial public beta version release back in 2003, it has steadily grown its number of registered users. The service is heavily ingrained into the online chatter’s psyche that the name has become a verb almost everyone recognizes – “I’ll Skype you!” means you’ll be seeing each other’s faces on your chosen device. If they’re not available, that’s OK – you can leave them a video message.

Skype has had the group video feature enabled for quite some time now, and allows you to converse via webcam with up to 25 people, making it a valuable tool for bridging distances between colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

2. Hangouts (Free on Android, iOS, and Desktop)

Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform developed by Google – that fact alone should be enough to give you an idea of the many things you can do with the service. You can video chat for free – both via Wi-Fi and mobile networks – with up to ten contacts, all while being able to share your desktop screen, slap stickers onto faces, and share photos, among other things.

3. Facebook Messenger (Free on Android, iOS and Desktop)

Messenger is Facebook’s all-powerful chat client. While it’s got all the bells and whistles you’ll want in a text messaging app – including the ability to group text and use integrated services like Giphy and Uber within the app – its video call function is simple to use and reliable. The best thing about Messenger? Almost everybody is on Facebook and is therefore reachable via video call, as long as they have the app on their device or have the website open on their Web browser. (If you don’t want to deal with the information overload that usually comes with Facebook, you can contact your friends using Messenger’s dedicated website.)

Oh, and if that’s not good enough, Facebook recently updated Messenger so you can finally make group video calls, which was the only thing Skype and Hangouts had that kept Messenger from being the ultimate go-to video chat app.

4. ooVoo (Free on Android, iOS, and Desktop)

Just like the previous services, ooVoo lets you video chat for free, either one on one or with a group of up to 12 people at once. You can send text, GIFs, photos, and videos while an actual video call is in progress, allowing you to have a dynamic interaction with people you are talking to from anywhere in the world with a decent Internet or mobile network connection, whatever platform or device they are using the service on. Additionally, ooVoo lets you talk to your friends as your favorite avatar character – which you can try on and buy through the ooVoo Store – or wear a mask during a video call.

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5. Tango (Free on Android and iOS)

Tango also lets you make video calls and leave video messages for free. You can also send animated stickers, add filters and masks. You can even play games with the person you are speaking to while you are in a call. While it doesn’t seem to be available on desktop, it’s very straightforward and simple to use.

6. Viber (Free on Android, iOS, and Desktop)

Viber is another straightforward video chat platform that you can use on almost any device, including your desktop. As long as the person you are talking to also has Viber installed, video calls are absolutely free. The interface is clean and user-friendly.

7. FaceTime (Pre-installed on iOS and MacOS)

If you are an Apple user, then your go-to service for video calling should be FaceTime, if only for the sole reason that it already comes pre-installed within your iOS device when you purchase it, so downloading isn’t necessary. (FaceTime isn’t readily available or might not appear on devices bought or used in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.) Some important things to note, though: 1. Only contacts who also have iOS devices will be the only ones you can video chat with, and 2. You can only video chat with one person at a time. Having said that, using FaceTime is pretty easy and convenient.

8. Camfrog (Free on Android, iOS, and Desktop)

Finally, to wrap up this list, we’ve got Camfrog, a service that not only lets you video chat privately with your friends and loved ones, but with anyone within the Camfrog community. You can join any of the thousands of chat rooms to connect with people worldwide via video, allowing you to make new friends online, just like in the mIRC days. Proceed with caution, though, because some rooms allow explicit content that’s NSFW.

 

9 Comments

  1. Davin Peterson

    12/23/2016 at 11:02 am

    FaceTime is not the best app because Apple doesn’t make it for Android or Windows. That is the problem with Apple software, they make it for platforms. That is not fair and they should since Google & Microsoft makes apps for Apple’s platform, so Apple should make apps for their platform as well.

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  2. smule sing video

    12/25/2016 at 8:58 pm

    My opinion is : Messenger, ooVoo, Skype, Hangouts, Tango, Viber, Camfrog, Fring, FaceTime, WeChat

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  3. Markoff

    12/26/2016 at 3:10 pm

    every heard about small unknown so called WhatsApp? it has video calls as well

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  4. Ana

    01/31/2017 at 7:15 am

    My opinion is : WatsUp, Skype, Hangouts, FBK Messenger, ooVoo
    Good luck

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  5. Jaquline Sofia

    02/12/2017 at 3:41 am

    You have shared very helpful and gorgeous apps. I always try to use the above app. But most of the times these apps are unable to make a video call in low quality network signal and 2G network.
    There is no 3G network in my village, As a result, i can’t open the facebook messenger in my village.
    So i installed the imo messenger. Now i can make a video call in 2G network also. I can connect to my town’s friends via imo.
    By the way, thanks for share an informative article.

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  6. Amber Fahad

    03/02/2017 at 3:16 am

    Agree with you! Skype is my first choose for online free video calls. But I dislike the Facebook messenger video calls. Because it is very disgusting for poor video calling quality at low quality network signal. But I can make a high quality video call via skype within poor quality network also! But your information is very useful. So Thank You.

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  7. bonjose

    04/14/2017 at 9:17 pm

    I am using Imo application on iPhone to call friends and family in Africa; it is good application but I am facing problem in deleting chat history with a person.

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  8. Prasanta Shee

    05/08/2017 at 2:46 am

    One more very good video chat app which you can add in the above list is: R-HUB HD video conferencing servers. It provides 30 way HD video conferencing and works on all platforms viz Windows, MAC, Android, iOS etc.

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