The Best Free Video Calling Apps for PC
Nothing beats face-to-face conversations. But when a geographical barrier prevents that from happening, video calls are the next best thing. With a video call, you could have real-time conversations that come with a video feed with your family, your friends, business associates, and virtually anyone. Little wonder video calls have become more of a necessity than a luxury in this age. There are countless applications that do a great job and compiling the best free video calling apps is no easy task. Here is a list of ten of the best free group video chat app (in no particular order).
The best free video conferencing software
Skype is by far the most popular name on this list. It has been around for about 15 years and many consider it the best free video conferencing software. Skype’s simple and easy to use interface is one of its most striking features. The app has evolved greatly over time and there’s a paid and free version now. You can make free calls to anyone with the Skype app while the paid version allows you to make calls to any mobile number, anywhere in the world.
WhatsApp is arguably the most popular Skype alternative although much of its popularity is owed to the mobile application. If you want to use WhatsApp on your PC, you’ll need to download the WhatsApp application for PC. The web application does not give room for video calls. The major advantage of WhatsApp is that it’s more than just an online calling app. It allows users to share images, videos, documents, and much more.
Google entered the digital communication niche with a simple email service. However, they have grown in leaps and bounds ever since. Google Hangouts is one the best free video chat apps around. You can make free video calls to anyone with a Gmail ID. The video chat rooms can accommodate up to 10 people at any given point in time. Google Hangouts can be accessed via Gmail or Google web application.
Although it may not be in the same ilk as the apps mentioned earlier, the ooVoo video calls and messaging app is fairly popular. Its major strength lies in its user-friendly interface. Essentially, ooVoo is a mini social media platform. You can make unlimited voice or video calls using the app and it also gives room for conference calls. The conference calling feature can accommodate only 8 people at once.
FaceTime is another app that was originally designed for mobile platforms but has successfully incorporated features that afford users unlimited video talk time via their personal computers. The app makes use of your PC’s built-in cam software. FaceTime prides itself in delivering excellent video feeds when calling mobile devices from your PC. It doesn’t matter whether the receiver is making use of their front or rear camera, you can trust FaceTIme to automatically adjust and deliver excellent views.
LINE is fairly popular on the Asian content and this is understandable because it was launched by developers in Japan. Although LINE is more popular on mobile devices, there is a Windows version that can be installed on your PC. LINE guarantees high-quality video feeds and it also has an impressive collection of emoticons that come in handy when making use of the chat feature. LINE also gives room for sharing videos, audio messages, as well as images with fellow LINE users.
Viber’s numerous features and user-friendly interface makes it impossible to leave it out on our list of best free video calling apps. Like most of the other apps on this list, Viber has a huge mobile following but its face chat application for PC remains relatively unpopular. A major advantage of Viber is that it allows you to sync your mobile application with your Windows Viber software. Asides the video calling feature, Viber gives room for chatting with other users. It also boasts a huge collection of stickers.
WeChat is one of the better known free group video chat applications. The program is available on Windows PC and Mac OS as well as mobile platforms. When you install the WeChat software, you can connect with other WeChat via chats and video calls. Whenever you’re logged in on the WeChat website, the application would no longer send your notifications to your but to your desktop. The inability to seamlessly sync the mobile app with your PC appears to be one of the shortcomings of WeChat. On the plus side, the desktop application allows the transfer of files from one user to another. Not all the video calling software on this list gives you that.
Wire was developed by the set of engineers that created Skype. It’s an open source software that works well as an alternative to Skype. If you are looking for the best free video conferencing software you can easily work your way around, Wire would be one of the first names that’ll come to mind. Wire gives you room to make encrypted audio conference calls as well as video calls. However, a major shortcoming is that the video conferencing capability is limited to 1:1 communication. The developers hope to introduce group video conferencing features soon. A major advantage of Wire is that you can set up work and personal profiles on the Wire app and switch seamlessly between both. This facilitates excellent separation of work from personal engagements, minimizing distractions. The open source software is available under the GPL 3.0 license.
If you’re looking to set up a video chat in record time, Talky is the perfect option for you. The web application does not require any signup or plugin. All you need to do is add the extension to your browser and you can set up the video chat with just one click. Talky also gives room for screen sharing and locked rooms.
The next time you need a video conferencing app for professional or personal purposes, feel free to work with any of the apps on our list. Rest assured, you’ll be getting a smooth video conferencing experience. Suffice it to say that this list is far from exhaustive. There are many great free group video chat apps that are not on this list. If you are looking for an app that can help you keep a record of your video conversations, Screen Recorder by Movavi is an option you should explore. The app possesses both screen recording and video editing capabilities. Indeed, its one of the best screen recording apps you’ll find for your Windows PC or Mac OS.
By Drusilla Thornsson
November 7, 2018
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