Best 10 Free Video Call Apps for Android, iOS, and PC

In this lockdown period connecting with friends online is the only best and the safest way. Video chat saves us by giving the feel like friends and family are next to you when you are inside the four walls. In this post, I'm gonna speak about the best Video apps that you need right now.

WhatsApp being the most installed Messenger app, it has attractive features, and the Video calling here is evident in sound with excellent clarity video even if the internet is not so good. Still, WhatsApp limits only to 4 people per Video call, What if you want to do a Group video chat to with more than four people? WhatsApp now supports 8 people, Also Telegram is planning to roll out their Video calling feature tackle other Apps in marke. This post will help you with the cool Mobile and PC Apps that work simply with great features.

Best Free Video Chat Apps

Based on the quality, user experience in app workaround, user limit in video calls, reviews and ratings from people on the Google play store and Apple store, I'm listing the top 10 Video calling apps below-

Video Call AppMax. PeopleAndroid AppsiOS Apps
Google Duo12AndroidiOS
WhatsApp8AndroidiOS
FaceTime32-iOS
Skype24AndroidiOS
Messenger24AndroidiOS
Instagram6AndroidiOS
imo6AndroidiOS
Hangouts4AndroidiOS
Viber4AndroidiOS
Bunch8AndroidiOS

Please find these apps in detail below-

1. Google Duo - High Quality Video Calls

Google Duo is the dedicated Video calling app by Google, and this tops our best Video call apps list as this app holds the capability to stay on top with its lightweight and easy to access features. You can connect up to 12 people in your group video calls using Google Duo.

Google Duo
Google Duo Video calling on Mobile and PC

Account: Duo just needs your Google account, you'll be having one or creating one is easy and simple.
Dark mode: Yes

Other Features of Google Duo Video calling app-

  1. Share Video messages to your friends if they are away.
  2. Your Video calls and Messages are end-to-end encrypted.
  3. Google Duo supports both Android and iOS, also the web.
  4. You can connect Google Duo with your Google Nest
  5. Video call in the nights is better with this app due to the Low light Mode.

Bonus Trick: You can try the knock Knock feature in this app, which I personally like. You can show a live preview to the person you call using this feature, how cool is that?

Max. attendeesAndroidiOSWeb Version
Up to 12Google Duo AndroidGoogle Duo iPhone/iPadGoogle Duo Web

Now use Google Meet for free.

2. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is the simple, best, secure and reliable messenger ever I'd say, but since the limitation of connecting to group video chat with only four makes it stand down in our list. They recently increased the group video call chat headcounts from 4 to 8 and which makes WhatsApp move from 7th to 2nd in our list. WhatsApp is another messenger app by Facebook, but unlike Messenger, WhatsApp was acquired. WhatsApp also supports all devices like some of the apps we mentioned above.

Account: Just your phone number is needed to signup
Dark Mode: Yes

WhatsApp Video calling

WhatsApp Features-

  1. Security, End-to-end encryption
  2. Text, Photo, GIFs, Stickers and Video sharing
  3. Share Status texts, photos, and Videos
  4. Share Live location
  5. Store messages in Cloud
Max. attendeesAndroidiOSWindows & MacWeb
Up to 8WhatsApp AndroidWhatsApp iPhone/iPadWhatsApp PCWhatsApp Web
Also you can use WhatsApp in Tablets

WhatsApp's work on reducing Spam messages:

  • To reduce the hoax messages double forward icon is placed on most forwarded messages
  • Search Icon is placed next to content to check the message on the internet to find more about the information.

3. FaceTime - Video Chatting for Apple users

Are you an iPhone or iPad user or Mac freak? and your friends too? then FaceTime is your best and only option for group video calling. You can connect with up to 32 people having iPhone or iPad or Mac with your iOS device using the phone number or Apple ID, and this requires iOS 10 or later versions. Visit Apple support to know more about FaceTime

Facetime
FaceTime using iPhone and iPad

Account: Need to signup with Facetime using your device. Apple ID or Phone number is enough to connect.
Dark Mode: Enable Dark mode on iOS 13

Other features of FaceTime

  1. One Best feature is you can set up a call waiting in FaceTime Video call. You can end and accept the new call or also hold and accept.

    Call waiting in Facetime
  2. While FaceTiming with someone, tap on the effects and click on Memoji or Animoji you want to use, this will replace your face with a cartoon character.

    Animoji
Max. attendeesAndroidiOSMac
Up to 32-FaceTime iPhone/iPadDefault App in MAC (iOS 10 or later)

One big disadvantage in FaceTime is you can't connect with Android or any other OS devices, In such cases you can try any other apps listed ere or checkout out top Facetime alternatives for Android.

4. Skype - free IM & video calls

Skype is the oldest of all Video calling apps, still being the best to connect with people around the globe through calls, messages, and video chats. With Skype, you can connect and have Group video calls with up to 24 of your friends and family. Skype supports almost all devices, even in Amazon Alexa and Xbox. Skype also has a Business version for professionals.

Skype Video calling with friends and Family
Skype Video calling with friends and Family

Account: Need a Skype account using your Mobile or Phone number
Dark Mode: Yes

Speaking about Skype's features-

  1. You can send Texts, Make HD Audio and Video calls.
  2. Send instant messages and emotions suggested by Skype
  3. Share your screen during the presentation
  4. Record Calls with live subtitles.
Max. attendeesAndroidiOSPCWeb
Up to 24Skype AndroidSkype iPhone/iPadSkype for PCSkype for Web
Skype Lite

For Android users, there's a Lite version when you have Low configuration mobile

5. Messenger by Facebook

Messenger is the dedicated messaging app by Facebook with wonderful chat features, Just like a Google account, people have FB account these days, use your FB creds to login to Messenger and connect with your Facebook friends for a Video chat. Messenger supports up to 8 people in a video call session.

Messenger

Account: Need a Facebook account
Dark Mode: yes

Messenger Features you should checkout-

  1. Send Texts, Photos, emojis, Audio message, and video chats
  2. Add Filters or Doodles in Video calls

    Filters in Messenger video calls
  3. Share your location with friends
  4. Play Games inside Messenger
  5. You can even transfer money using Messenger
  6. Share Stories.
Max. attendeesAndroidiOSWeb
Up to 24Messenger AndroidMessenger iPhone/iPadMessenger for Web

Bonus: Best Stranger Video Chat apps

6. Instagram

Instagram is another best social media and Instant messaging app acquired by Facebook, You can have Video call with up to 5 other people. you can use special tools to bring emojis and filters in your video call. Instagram Video call is only available in Android and iPhone mobiles for now.

Account: A Facebook account or an Email ID to sign up Instagram.
Dark Mode: No, you have to enable dark mode in your mobile setting.

Instagram friends group video chat

Instagram Features:

  1. Share Photos, Videos and Boomerangs to your Insta wall.
  2. Share longer videos on IGTV
  3. Upload Photos and Videos to your story which disappears in 24 hours.
  4. Checkout Explore option to find photos & videos of your Interest.
Max. attendeesAndroidiOS
Up to 6Instagram AndroidInstagram iPhone/iPad

7. imo free video calls and chat

IMO is another free Instant messaging and Video calling App. Just like other apps, IMO also has the text, Emojis, and Video features. You can connect Live Video talks with up to 6 members. This supports nearly all devices from Android mobile, Windows PC to iPhone and MAC.

imo free video calling
  1. Send Documents and Videos of a bigger size up to 10 GB.
  2. Share Stories, just like Messenger.
  3. Join imoZones for various topics to discuss.
  4. Group chats with up to 10,000 members.
  5. All your messages will be stored in the cloud so that you can free up your device space.
Max. attendeesAndroidiOSWindowsMac
Up to 6imo Androidimo iPhone/iPadimo Windowsimo Mac

8. Hangouts

Hangouts is another free Video chat application by Google, which came before Google Duo. This app has the same features as other messaging apps, but one specialty of Google Hangouts is that you will find this in Gmail. It'll be easy for you to email and chat with people at the same time. Hangouts support Video call up to 10 people in a call. Unlike Duo, Hangouts supports texts and emojis.

Hangouts App

Hangouts features-

  1. Send Messages, Photos, Videos, Maps, stickers, GIFs.
  2. Connect with Google Voice account for phone calling and SMS. Call charges apply.
  3. Hangouts for Google Chrome extension available.
Max. attendeesAndroidiOSWindows & MacWeb
Up to 4Hangouts AndroidHangouts iPhone/iPadHangouts PCHangouts Web

You can also try Google Meet for Business purpose, which now supports 16 members.

9. Viber Messenger - Messages, Group Chats & Calls

Viber is another free Video calling VO-IP and Instant messaging application from Japan. Viber has more than 1 Billion users worldwide, and this app has a separate fan base. But, again, just like WhatsApp, only a minimal number of people can join the group video call. Up to 5 people can join video chat in Viber. Also, Viber is one of the Linux supported Video chat apps.

Viber video call

Viber features-

  1. Viber also has text, photo, video, GIF and Sticker sharing facilities.
  2. Self-Destructing secret messages is the best feature Viber holds.
  3. You can start a community with unlimited members.
  4. Try Viber chat extensions.
Viber features
Max. attendeesAndroidiOSPCLinux
Up to 4Viber AndroidViber iPhone/iPadViber Windows and MacViber Linux

10. Bunch: Group Video Chat & Party Games

Bunch is one of the first in the field to play games while video chatting, You can see everyone's face while playing a game. Up to 8 people can join the video chat even without playing any game. You can also give permission to bunch to work on top of other apps on your phone so that you can play any game in your phone and Video chat with them simultaneously.

Bunch Video chat

Bunch Features-

  1. Play games while Video chatting with friends.
  2. Watch movies and Video chat.
  3. Draw pictures in the Draw party.
  4. See what your friends are playing and what they are playing.
Max. attendeesAndroidiOS
Up to 8Bunch AndroidBunch iPhone/iPad

Bonus: Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet is another best video conferencing app and powered by the Open source community. You can connect Video calling with your team, family, and friends. The best thing about Jitsi Meet is no account needed and an unlimited number of people can join the video call.

Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet Features-

  1. No Account needed
  2. Fully encrypted
  3. Edit docs with your team or friends using Etherpad.
  4. Invite users using a simple and custom URL.
People on Video CallAndroidiOSWeb
UnlimitedJitsi Meet AndroidJitsi Meet iPhone/iPadJitsi Meet Web

Best Video Chat app for more than 4 person

I've mentioned 10 best Video chatting apps above out of which WhatsApp can only be connected with 4 members totally. If you are planning to have a video chat with friends are family I'd suggest you using Google Duo or Messenger or hangouts, because you'll be already having a Google or Facebook account. If you are planning for some official meetings you can try Jitsi meet or other professional Video conferencing apps like Zoom, Goto meeting, and Webex. But, If you want a total fun with your friends, go with Bunch.

How to Stat a Video call?

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Step by step guide to start a video call

  1. Install any Video calling app

    In your mobile or PC, Install any Video calling apps

  2. Sign up and connect

    Now, Signup with your mail id or Phone number and connect with the person you want to video chat by adding him as a friend or use his mobile number.

  3. Search for Video Icon

    Now go to his profile and search for Video icon, most of the apps have this simple visible video camera Icon for video chat. Click on that.

  4. Add Many more friends

    Add more friends to the Video call by pressing + icon in the ongoing call, or create a group and make a video call with all the members in the group.

FAQs on Video Calling

How to video call on WhatsApp web?

WhatsApp currently supports video calling only on Android and iPhone apps, you can pick Messenger or Hangouts to Make a video call through PC or laptop.

What is the Video call app with no signup or registration

Jitsui Meet requires no signup and it works with unlimited people.

How to record WhatsApp video call?

You can use any screen recorder apps to record your ongoing WhatsApp call.

Is it possible to make Video call without Internet?

Yes, using Jio's VoLTE support you can do video call to your contacts without Internet.

How to make Video call on Instagram?

Go to direct message and click on the video icon at the top, You'll be in video call with one person, to add your friends click on add button at the top right corner. Add up to 6 people in your call.

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