Stay Connected with Video Chat
Video chatting makes it easy for friends and family to keep in touch no matter where they are in the world, and these days the human connection it provides is more important than ever. Now, with the growth of 5G networks, video calling is becoming even more accessible and reliable. Try out these highly-rated video conferencing options the next time you need to huddle with your work team or show the grandparents your kids’ latest artwork.
Zoom has become a household name in the time of social distancing for its simple, streamlined video conferencing and distance learning offerings. It lets you video chat face-to-face from your smartphone or computer with a built-in Gallery View mode so you can see everyone on the call at once. Plus, there are features like an in-meeting chat, screen recording, screen-sharing and breakout rooms, so smaller groups within the chat can have their own conversations.
Microsoft Teams is another great chat-based collaboration tool, mainly used in the business world, but it’s great for communicating with family and friends as well. It lets you chat via talk, text or video chat, with deep Skype integration and cool features like GIFs, stickers, emojis and custom memes.
Tango is a leading mobile messaging service with more than 390 million registered members worldwide. In addition to video chatting, members can connect with those they care about by playing in-call games, sharing photos or lively animated stickers and a whole lot more. You can even glam it up with digital face painting while you are on a video call. Choose from one of Tango’s growing collection of live action masks and your face on screen is transformed with whatever theme you’ve picked (As you move, the mask moves with you.) This app lets you engage in group calls of up to 50 people and requires no more than your phone number, email address and first name to sign up.
WeChat has jumped in popularity over the past few years. With more than half a billion people using the app globally, it prides itself in offering the highest level of control over your privacy. In fact, it’s the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe. If you’re familiar with Facebook Messenger, you’ll have no problem getting used to this app. Video calls are high quality and free to anywhere in the world.
ooVoo is another growing video chat service with over 150 million users the world over. Consistently rated in the top 20 free social apps in both the App Store and Google Play, ooVoo lets you make free high-definition video calls and voice calls – plus send text chats to easily connect with friends and family. It touts itself as being one of the highest quality video chat apps and offers the capability to video call with up to 12 people at a time. Use it to connect with friends and family on Smartphones, Tablets, desktop and laptop PCs and Macs.