Embedded in messengers or not, there are a variety of applications that allow Video call. Some are focused on the call between two people, while others allow a group all meet online even to share the screen. Did you need a video call? Choose any app here from the list and make remote work happen!
It may not be the most popular for video calling, but it is what most people use to communicate. Allows individual or group calls for up to eight people, as long as the four are in the same group.
2. Facebook Messenger
If you need more people, Facebook Messenger allows you to connect up to 50 in a video call, as long as they are all in the same group. Works in the app for Android, iOS or on the web (using Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Opera browsers).
Instagram allows up to six people to chat in a video conference via Direct, in the Android and iOS app. It’s not necessary for one to follow the other, but it depends on the other having correctly set up notifications to receive live chat requests from anyone.
In FaceTime, for Apple devices with iOS or macOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac) you must have the phone number or email address that the contact used to register for FaceTime. Video calls can be made with up to 32 people as long as the iOS version is at least 12.1. For those who have a lower version, video call will only be between two people.
5. Google Duo
Duo is a Google app focused on video calling. Allows up to 12 people to join the conversation. It can be used both in browsers when downloaded for Android and iOS. You only need to have the number of the contact you want to call, as long as they also use Duo.
6. Google Hangouts (or Meet)
Hangouts is a messenger linked to the Google account, available on Android, iOS or the web. One of the features is the possibility of screen sharing, when used by computer or iOS. You can chat with up to 10 people who also have a Google account.
O meet is a variant for G Suite users, a corporate plan that pays, and extends the maximum to 100 or 250 people on a call, depending on the subscription. This mode offers conference recording capability.
Zoom is focused on the corporate audience and is on the main platforms. Video calls are unlimited when they are between two people. In the free plan, it is possible to form a group of up to 100 people for the conference, but there is a limit of 40 minutes on the duration of the conference.
Other plans increase support to up to 1000 people and unlimited duration. Offers screen sharing feature. Allows you to record the call.
Skype allows video calling of up to 50 people with no time limit. Everyone needs to have an account on the service to use it. It is also available on the main platforms and offers screen sharing even by cell phone. Allows you to record and download the conference to review it in the future.
9. Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is a corporate communication app, similar to Slack. Embedded in it is the video call tool, individual or in groups, with screen sharing. It has apps for all platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS). The paid plan supports up to 300 people on one call. But, as a measure due to COVID-19, this limit is also on free accounts.
Similar to WhatsApp and Imo, Viber also links the phone number to create an account or add contacts. On the other hand, it is more limited as it only allows video calling between two people. There are apps for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux.
With apps for iOS and Android, JusTalk allows up to 50 people to meet in a mobile video call. Allows call recording. You need to create the account to get the JusTalk ID. There is a premium plan that removes ads and allows for higher quality recordings.
WeChat is another messenger that lets you create video calls with a group of up to nine people. Contacts can be added by phone number or WeChat ID, something like Telegram does. In addition to apps for major operating systems, WeChat can also be used on the web.
Discord is well known among gamers and study groups. Video call can be made with up to 10 people and everyone can share the screen at the same time. There are apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and Linux. Everyone needs an account to access the platform.
Snapchat, the app that gave birth to the Stories format, is still alive and allows video calling in a group of up to 15 people. Available for Android and iOS, just have an account on the platform to be able to hold conferences. There is no screen sharing, but users can use the app’s filters and lenses during the meeting.
Houseparty gained strength in Brazil during the quarantine due to the coronavirus (causing Covid-19), despite existing since 2016. It is necessary to use the mobile number to create an account and find other people. One of the cool things is the possibility to play games during the video call. It allows joining up to eight people and has apps for mobile and computer.
Summary: Video calling apps
|Application||Video call?||Group video calling?||Screen sharing?|
|Yea||Yes, up to 8 people||No|
|Facebook Messenger||Yea||Yes, up to 50 people||No|
|Yea||Yes, up to 6 people||No|
|facetime||Yea||Yes, up to 32 people as of iOS 12.1||No|
|Google Duo||Yea||Yes, up to 12 people||No|
|Google Hangouts||Yea||Yes, up to 10 people||Yea|
|Google Meet||Yea||Yes, up to 250 people on the most expensive plan||Yea|
|zoom||Yea||Yes, up to 1000 people on the most expensive plan||Yea|
|Skype||Yea||Yes, up to 50 people||Yea|
|Microsoft Teams||Yea||Yes, up to 300 people||Yea|
|JustTalk||Yea||Yes, up to 50 people||No|
|Yea||Yes, up to 9 people||No|
|discord||Yea||Yes, up to 10 people||Yes, all at the same time|
|Snapchat||Yea||Yes, up to 15 people||No|
|houseparty||Yea||Yes, up to 8 people||No|
Does Telegram have video calling?
After a long wait, Telegram has finally released the video calling tool.