The best video calling apps for Android phones
Google Duo is free to download and use and allows you to make video and voice calls to an individual. It encrypts all calls and includes the Knock Knock feature, which lets you see the person calling you before you answer so you can decide whether you want to take the call. It’s incredibly easy to use – after downloading, it will send a text to verify your number, whch it will auto-fill before taking you to the app. To use Google Duo, simply tap on the ‘New Call’ icon to see the list of people with Google Duo installed. If someone you want to call doesn’t have it installed, you can invite them to use the app. Once they’ve downloaded it, you can call them. Once you’re in a call, you can change the audio source, change whether you use front or rear-facing cameras, mute the call, and view a thumbnail of what your contact is seeing. It is incredibly simple to use, although it doesn’t currently offer the ability to make group calls.
Another free app, Facebook Messenger is a must-have if you love Facebook and want to get the most out of your Facebook account on your phone, although you don’t need a Facebook account to use it. The Facebook Messenger app allows you to make high quality HD audio calls, as well as video calls, all for free as long as you use wifi. Facebook Messenger also gives you access to the full range of functions for your Facebook account, including the ability to read your messages, send stickers and voicemail messages, start group chats and even send money.
WhatsApp is a communication app that allows you to easily organise and send messages, as well as share videos and picture. Now it also offers the facility to make video calls. Unlike some other video calling apps, it doesn’t matter what type of device a contact has. As long as they have WhatsApp installed, you can make a video call to them. All you have to do is go to the call tab and then tap on the call button to start a call.
Skype is probably the best known video messaging app and comes with all the features you’d expect from a leading app. As well as one-to-one video calls, you can also make group video calls including up to 25 people. You can send video and voice messages, text, instant message and more. If you have an Outlook account, you can start a video call from an email, which is very convenient if you need to get clarification on a specific point. Skype will even translate a call for you if you need to talk to someone who speaks a different language. Withall the competition around for video calls, Skype is still striving to be at the cutting edge of video calling.
Viber allows you to make free video calls, group chats and large group public discussions of up to 100 participants, as well as phone calls and send texts, images and stickers. Anyone can follow a public chat, although you can only participate if you’ve been invited into the chat. Unlike many other apps, Viber doesn’t require you to set up a username and password. All you have to do is input your phone number to get started. You’ll need to register using an access code or callback number the first time you use the app. You’ll then see a Viber icon next to your contact list so you can use Viber to make free calls to others with the app instead of your phone’s network. Viber also allows you to send short voice messages during an IM chat if you want to say something instead of taking the time to type it. Viber is especially good for those who want to share information with a large group of people quickly.