Your best friend moves abroad to study and, for this reason, you will have to give up for some time to see each other and spend your days together. Fortunately, the Internet exists and, in this regard, you have come up with a possible solution to this temporary inconvenience: video calls. Having said that, if you are now reading this guide, it is probably because you are a bit inexperienced in using the computer and you do not know which service to use, as you would like to be able to video call your friend even from a smartphone, possibly without spending money.
How do you say? That’s the way things are and, therefore, would you like some advice on video calling programs to use? If so, don’t worry – you’ll be happy to know that you came across just the right tutorial at the right time! In the course of the next chapters, in fact, I will show you in detail the operation of the most well-known software for video calls to be used both from mobile and from computer. Also, I will let you know what programs are for online and group video calling.
That said, if you’re curious to know more about it now and can’t wait to get started, sit nice and comfy in front of your computer. Also take your smartphone in hand and carefully follow the instructions I am about to give you, in order to put them into practice. You will see that, at the end of the reading, you will have succeeded in your intent easily and quickly. At this point, all I have to do is wish you a good read!
- 1 Mobile video calling programs
- 2 PC video calling programs
- 3 Online video calling program
- 4 Programs for group video calls
- 5 Programs for video calling from PC to mobile
Mobile video calling programs
If you are looking for apps to make video calls via your mobile phone, in the next chapters I will show you some solutions that can certainly be for you. I remind you that, in order for you to make a video call with one of the services that I will list below, the person you want to get in touch with must also use the latter (and, of course, both of you must be connected to the Internet).
Among the most popular smartphone video calling apps at the moment, I definitely recommend WhatsApp : a free and very popular service that allows you to keep in touch with your friends via text chat, calls and video calls, using the Internet connection.
If you are interested in WhatsApp , you can download it from the Android Play Store by pressing the Install button . If you are using an iPhone , on the other hand, reach this link of the App Store, press the Get button and unlock the download and installation of the app via the Face ID, the Touch ID or the Apple ID password.
After starting the app via its icon on the home screen, you will be prompted to activate a free account for this messaging service. You simply have to follow the instructions on the screen to carry out this operation but, in case you have any doubts, you can read my guide dedicated to the topic.
Now, to make a video call, all you have to do is open a conversation with one of your contacts, identifying it in the section accessible via the cloud icon (on Android) or the pencil icon (on iOS).
After starting the chat, tap on the camera icon to start the video call to the user you want to contact. If you want to stop the video call, press the red handset icon . Do you want to know more about this topic? Then I suggest you read my guide on how to video call on WhatsApp.
Even the famous social network of images, Instagram , allows you to make video calls via Direct . New to Instagram? It is a social network that allows you to publish multimedia content, with which users can interact.
If you don’t use Instagram yet , you can download the app via this link on Android by pressing the Install button . On the iPhone , on the other hand, go to this App Store link, press the Get button and unlock the download and installation of the app via Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password.
Once this is done, you need to create a free account to access Instagram: you can use the Facebook account (social network that owns Instagram) or create one via your email address. To do this, I suggest you read my guide, in which I explained the process of creating an account for Instagram step by step.
Now, after logging in to Instagram, tap on the airplane icon that you find on the main screen: by doing so, you will access the Direct section , which allows you to start conversations with other users of the platform.
You can start a new conversation by pressing the icon with the pencil or, alternatively, you can tap on an already existing conversation, among those in the list. Within the conversation, then presses the camera icon to start the video call. When you are done, press the X icon , located at the top right, to stop the communication.
Alternatively, on Instagram it is possible to direct up to 4 participants, in order to have other people participate in their live streaming, after having started them through the social network app for smartphones.
In this regard, succeeding in this intent is very simple: all you have to do, in fact, is to start the app of the photographic social network, in order to press on the camera icon , located in the upper left corner of the screen. principal. At this point, press on the Live item located at the bottom and, once the connection is established and, consequently, the live streaming has started, press on the video camera icon , located in the lower right corner.
Once this is done, choose the names of the people to invite from the menu that is shown to you, searching for them using the search engine. Finally, after selecting them, press the Invite button to invite them to join your live stream. Easy, right?
Starting from the summer of 2020, Telegram , the well-known rival messaging app of WhatsApp, also allows you to make video calls (although, at the moment, the function is reserved for single conversations and not for group ones).
To start a video call on Telegram, all you have to do is update the official app of the service on Android or iPhone / iPad to the latest version available (for now the function is not available on PC), start it, select the contact you want start the call and press in sequence on his name (at the top) and then on the video camera icon .
The video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption and there is also the possibility to disable the microphone or turn the frame, using the icons on the screen.
Another service that you can use to make video calls from smartphones is the one offered by Facebook Messenger , which allows you to start text conversations, calls and video calls with your friends registered on this famous social network.
If you want to use Messenger , you can get the app from the Android Play Store via this link, by pressing the Install button . On iOS , however, you can download and install the app by visiting this App Store link and pressing the Get button . Once this is done, use the Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password to confirm the installation procedure.
At this point, start the app via the icon on the home screen and log in with your Facebook account . If you don’t have one, you can create it by following the instructions you see on the screen or by reading the advice I gave you in this guide of mine.
Now, on the main app screen, start a conversation with a Facebook friend, to view the chat screen. To make a video call, simply press the camera icon , located at the top.
You can add other users to the conversation by pressing on the little man icon , while to stop the video call, tap on the red handset icon . You can learn more about this topic by reading my guide on how to make video calls with Facebook.
Microsoft’s famous Skype messaging service allows you to make video calls to users on your contact list.
How do you say? Have you never used this service? Don’t worry: first of all, create a Microsoft account by following the advice I gave you in this guide of mine. Next, download the official app of the service on your Android smartphone or tablet or on your iOS device: in this regard, the instructions I gave you in my guide on how to download Skype may be useful.
After logging into the Skype app with your Microsoft account, you will be taken to the main screen. Once this is done, select the Chat tab and locate the user with whom you have already started a conversation or use the pencil icon to access the section with the list of your contacts.
After starting the chat, you can make a video call by tapping the video camera icon , located at the top right. To interrupt the call, press the red handset icon instead . Easier than that?
And if you don’t want to create an account, please note that you can access this page and create a virtual room in which to invite other people, chat or make group calls / video calls without an account and without installing programs on your PC. Just use a browser between Chrome and Edge .
Another famous app that I recommend you use to make video calls from smartphones is Viber , a messaging service similar in some respects to WhatsApp and Skype. To take advantage of Viber, the first thing you need to do is download its app on your device.
On Android , then reach this link and press the Install button . On iOS , on the other hand, press the Get button that you find in the app tab that can be reached at this link and then use the Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password, to unlock the download and installation.
After starting the app, you will be prompted to activate a free account, using your mobile number: essential to be able to use Viber. I explained this procedure in detail in my guide on how Viber works.
On the main screen of the app, then select the Calls tab , to access the list of contacts who use Viber. To make a video call, all you have to do is press on the video camera icon , which you will find next to the name of the user you want to get in touch with. To stop the video call, instead, simply press on the red handset icon .
Google Duo is an app developed by Google for making calls and video calls over the Internet. All you have to do to be able to use it is to install it via the Android Play Store or the iOS App Store.
Installing the app is simple and takes only a few moments: on Android , via the link I provided you will reach the app section on the Play Store. Then press the Install button to proceed with the download.
On iOS , on the other hand, reach the link I indicated to you from your iPhone or iPad, to be directed to the app tab on the App Store. Once this is done, press the Get button and unlock the download and installation via Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password.
At this point, log in with your Google account to start using Google Duo. If you don’t have one yet, you can read the advice I gave you in my guide on how to create a Google account.
Well: we’re almost there! On the app’s main screen, use the search bar to locate your Google contact. Once this is done, press on its name to open the conversation screen, and press the camera icon to make the video call. When you are done, you can interrupt the connection by pressing on the red handset icon .
FaceTime is a solution made by Apple to keep in touch the users who own the devices of this company. It is already pre-installed on iOS but, in case you have removed it, you can reinstall it by reaching this link.
Before starting a video call with FaceTime , start the iOS Settings app, using the gear icon on the home screen. Select the FaceTime item and make sure that the lever next to the word FaceTime is set to ON . To find out more about this topic, I recommend that you read my guide on how to activate FaceTime.
At this point, start the FaceTime app and tap the + icon , which you find at the top right. In the To field , type the name or mobile number of the user you want to contact and press the Video button to make the video call.
In addition, if your Apple mobile device is updated to iOS 15 (or a later version), you can take advantage of the function that allows you to share a FaceTime link that allows those who do not have an “apple” device to take part in the call. bitten “, using the Web function of the service, accessible via Chrome or Edge.
To create the FaceTime link, you have to press the Create link button on the main screen of the app and share it through one of the options available (eg. Mail , WhatsApp , Telegram , etc.). When a user receives the link , to take part in the call, he must first press on the connection received, write his name in the appropriate text field on the opened Web page and press the Continue and Join buttons .
You, who host the conference, on the other hand, must accept the user by pressing the wording [N] person / s waiting in the notification that appears on the screen and then tap the button (✓) .
If you want to know more about how to use this service from Apple, I suggest you check out my guide on how FaceTime works.
In a tutorial dedicated to video call solutions, Zoom Meeting certainly could not be missing , used above all in business and school settings. It allows you to make free video calls with one person and group video calls up to a maximum of 40 minutes (to break this limit, you need to subscribe to the monthly subscription, which starts at 13.99 euros).
To use it on Android , reach this link and press the Install button . On iOS / iPadOS , on the other hand, press the Get button found in the app tab, which you can reach at this link and, if necessary, confirm the download using the Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password.
After starting the app, you will be asked to register with your email or, alternatively, to log in with your Google account or your Facebook account . I explained the registration procedure in detail in my guide on how to use Zoom Meeting.
On the main screen of the app, you can start a call by pressing the New Meeting button located at the top left. Then move the switch next to Video On to ON and press the Start a Meeting button . If you haven’t already, grant the app permissions to access the camera and microphone .
Now the conference is started: invite other users to participate, by tapping the Participants button (if you don’t see it, tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the menu at the bottom of the screen) and then press the Invite button placed at the bottom. Then copy the link using the appropriate button and send it to the users you wish to invite to the call via email or a messaging system.
To participate, they will simply have to tap on the link and consent to the opening of the Zoom app (after installing it). In fact, to use Zoom, the called users do not necessarily have to have an account. More info here.
PC video calling programs
If you want to use your computer to make video calls, you can use some popular services, such as the ones I will tell you about in the next chapters.
WhatsApp , the famous app dedicated to instant messaging owned by Facebook , can also be used from a PC . In fact, by downloading the desktop clients for Windows or macOS or using its application for Windows 10 and macOS 10, it is possible to easily keep in touch with all the other users subscribed to the service, after having scanned their QR code.
Among the main features of WhatsApp there is, in fact, the possibility of carrying out, in a manner similar to Android and iOS , text and voice conversation, as well as being able to send multimedia elements and make calls and video calls.
Therefore, to get started, download WhatsApp to your computer, either by downloading the desktop client from the official website or by taking it from the default store of your device ( Microsoft Store or Mac App Store ). At the end of the download, start the downloaded application, in order to scan the QR code , using the Settings menu> WhatsApp Web of the WhatsApp app for Android or iOS .
Having said that, you should know that the user experience of WhatsApp is practically identical to that for mobile devices. Therefore, to make voice and / or video calls, start a new chat by pressing the (+) button , then select the contact you want to chat with, to open the screen dedicated to private chat. Alternatively, on the left side of the screen, locate the one you are interested in from the list of previously started conversations and click on it to see the messages contained within.
At this point, press on the handset icon or on the video call icon : in this way, you can keep in touch by phone with the person you want, making free calls or video calls over the Internet. At the end of the call, to interrupt it, press the button with the red handset icon .
Through WhatsApp , you can also send text messages, by typing them in the text field Write a message , or send voice messages, by pressing on the microphone icon . To send multimedia attachments, instead, click on the paperclip icon .
In this regard, in case of doubts or problems or for more information regarding the functioning of WhatsApp, read my guide dedicated specifically to the subject.
Skype is the popular messaging software from Microsoft, which allows subscribers to the service to keep in touch via text chat, calls or video calls. Skype is also famous for making group calls and video calls.
If you intend to use this service, you must first download its application on your computer, taking the installation file from the official website. On Windows 10 the application is already pre-installed but, in case you have removed it, you can download it again via this link, which directs you to the Microsoft Store .
Instead, to download Skype on any version of Windows or on macOS , press the Download Skype for Windows or Download Skype for Mac keys respectively , which you can find on the web page I provided you in the previous lines.
After taking the .exe file , on Windows , double-click on it and press the Yes button , in the User Account Control panel. Now, click on the Install button to complete the Skype installation. On the Mac , on the other hand, after double clicking on the .dmg file , drag the Skype icon to the Applications folder and that’s it.
After starting Skype , on its main screen, locate the contact you want to video call, using the Contacts list located at the top. You can also open a conversation that has already taken place, from those listed in the Chats tab .
Now, to make a video call, simply click on the video camera icon , located in the upper right corner. After the video call connection with the user has been made, you can interrupt it at any time by pressing the red handset icon .
Alternatively, I remind you again that you can access this page and chat or make group calls / video calls from your browser, without an account and without installing programs on your PC.
Hangouts is Google’s messaging service, through which you can send messages to your contacts or make calls and video calls, even in groups. In addition to the possibility of using this service on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, you can also access it from a PC via a web browser.
To use Hangouts from PC, you have two alternatives: connect directly to the official website and make the video call without downloading any add-ons or download the extension for Google Chrome .
In the first case, you simply need to reach this link and log in with your Google account, by pressing the Login button located at the top. Once this is done, select the Contacts icon in the left area, to view the list of your Google contacts. Then, click on his name of the person you want to get in touch with and, in the screen that is shown to you, press on the video camera icon to start the video call.
If you want to use the Hangouts extension , for Google Chrome, you can download it directly from this link, by pressing the Add button . Its operation is similar to what I have already described to you in the previous lines, so it will be very easy for you to make a video call on Hangouts .
Discord is a messaging software developed mainly to meet the needs of gamers, but its use is also spreading in other areas, thanks to its many features.
You should know that Discord allows you to send messages, make calls and video calls, both individually and in groups, as well as the ability to send attachments or share your PC desktop.
Discord is available as an app for Android and iOS, but can be accessed from the computer via a dedicated desktop client for Windows , macOS and Linux , which can be downloaded from this link. Alternatively, it can be accessed directly from the browser , by reaching its official website.
To use this service via your web browser, you do not need to create any account: after reaching the official website, press the Open Discord button in your browser and enter a username of your choice, making sure to put a check mark in the box down. Then press the arrow icon to confirm.
If you want to use the desktop client instead, you need to create an account: procedure that you can do directly on the software, after installing it. On Windows , double-click the .exe file and wait a moment for all the necessary components to download and install automatically. On macOS , after double clicking on the resulting .dmg file , simply drag the Discord icon to the Applications folder .
After starting Discord , in the screen that is shown to you, press on the word Register and indicate your email address , a username and the password to be associated with the account you are creating. Then put a check mark in the box below and then press the Continue button . You will need to confirm the account email address, following the instructions you will find in the message that will be sent to you by email.
Now, on the main Discord screen , click on its icon in the upper left corner and then press on the word Friends . Once this is done, select the Online tab , to check which of your contacts is currently connected. Obviously, if this is the first time you use this service, you will have to add your friends by pressing the Add friend button , located at the top.
When you have identified the person with whom you want to make the video call, click on their name and then press on the video camera icon , in the top bar. When you have finished talking to the user, simply press the Leave call button .
Zoom Meeting , as I have already told you in one of the previous chapters, is a platform designed above all for corporate video conferences, remote lessons and so on, but it can also be useful for “consumer” users who simply want to video call friends and relatives. I remind you that it is basically free, to make group video calls over 40 minutes you need to subscribe to the monthly subscription, which starts at 13.99 euros.
Zoom is available as an app for Android and iOS / iPadOS, as well as a client for Windows and macOS , which can be downloaded from this link. It is also accessible from the browser (compatible only with Chrome ), by going to its official website, as well as as an extension for Chrome and also for Firefox.
To download the Zoom client, go to this page, click on the blue Download button located in the Zoom Client for Meetings section , and wait for the program installation package to download. Once the download is complete, if you use Windows , open the .exe file you downloaded and click on the Yes button .
If you use Mac , on the other hand, open the .pkg package , click on the Continue button , grant the program permission to access the MacOS Download folder , by clicking on the OK button in the box that appeared on the screen.
To start a call, you must click on the Sign In button and, if you are not yet registered, click on the Sign Up Free button , in order to register with your email (if you want you can also log in with your Facebook or Google account ) . Once registered, click on the Continue button , click on the orange New Meeting button located in the upper left corner of the window and grant the program permissions to access the webcam and microphone . Next, click on the Join With Computer Audio button .
The videoconference is now started: you just have to invite participants by clicking on the Invite button and, in the window that opens, select the Email tab and send the invitation link to the videoconference with Gmail , Yahoo Mail or the client set up by default or, alternatively, copy the URL assigned to the call and forward it to users via messaging systems, etc.
When the user receives the link, they simply need to click on it and agree to open the Zoom app on their device or the client on their computer (depending on how they prefer to proceed). More info here.
Online video calling program
If your intention is not to download any software, the solution I suggest is to use video calling services that can be used via a web browser.
Among the most famous ones, I recommend that you turn your attention to Skype , Messenger , Hangouts , Discord , Google Duo or Zoom Meeting , which I told you about in detail in the previous chapters. You can access the web services of the applications I mentioned to you, through the dedicated dedicated websites.
I warn you that to use these services it is necessary that you have a microphone and a webcam connected to your PC, as well as making sure you allow the Web service to be able to access the latter, by interacting on the notification that is shown at the top of the browser or by pressing on the icon that is shown to you in the URL bar.
Programs for group video calls
In case you want to make a group video call with your friends, there are some software that can do for you, such as Skype , Discord , Hangouts , Google Duo , FaceTime or Zoom Meeting .
Generally, you can make a video call by adding new users to the conversation via the little man icon or by creating a group with your friends in advance. You will find all the details you need to make a group video call, in the previous chapters dedicated to the respective services and in the in-depth guides that I linked to you during this tutorial.
Programs for video calling from PC to mobile
Do you want to make a video call from your PC to your friends who are currently away from home and using their smartphone? Well, you can do this in a simple and immediate way, making sure that the video calling services you are using are cross-platform.
In fact, you should know that some services, such as Skype , are available both on PC and via mobile apps. If your friend has installed the app for this service, you can easily get in touch with him, making a video call in no time at all.
In addition to Skype , there are several other services that you can use to make a video call, such as Messenger , Hangouts , Google Duo , Discord , FaceTime and Zoom Meeting , which I have told you about in detail in the dedicated chapters of this guide.