Since the inception of smartphones running iOS or Android, communication has become a lot easier than it used to be. You can virtually talk to or chat with anyone no matter which part of the world they are in either through text, voice calls, or video calling with just a simple touch of a button.
With the front-facing camera (rear camera) on smartphones, communication has taken a new leap via apps for video calling.
Today, virtually all smart devices like laptops, tablets, iPads, Androids,and iPhones have a rear camera and so video calling is so easy to use.
Unlike iPhone or iPad users that can use the built-in Apple’s FaceTime App to video call, Android users can only do this with the aid of some trusted third-party apps.
Nevertheless, iOS and Android have a long list of third-party apps for video calls. Some of this video call apps for Android also have their Windows and Mac version.
What should you do if you want to cross the signals, say video calling Apple to Android, Mac to Windows or mobile to computer?
Let’s check out some of the best video calling apps for iOS and Android in 2019..
Skype has always been a household name since the inception of the video call. In fact, I grew up with Skype in my home because that was the only affordable means of communication between us and my uncle abroad.
One good thing about this video call app is that Skype supports cross-platform, that means you can call someone using Tablets or PC with your Android Smart Phone so far those people have the software installed on their devices as well.
You can even call regular cell phones with it just for a small fee.
- Make group video call with up 25 people
- Text and chat unlimited with friends
- Supports Microsoft and Facebook integration.
- Share photos
- Call landlines and mobile at a low rate
- Easy and simple to navigate interface
Facebook messenger – Voice and Video calls
Facebook is a popular social media platform that has over 2 billion users around the world to date. Most of the users also have Facebook Messenger installed on their smart phones because it’s one of the most popular messengers on earth even though there are better alternatives.
So since a lot of people you know are on Facebook, this video chat app is a great option for you to have interesting and incredible moments with your friends and family either through voice calls or video call.
The video call feature works relatively well and it’s also free. All you have to do is login with your Facebook details and it will automatically synchronize your Facebook friends list. Choose the friend you want to call and with just a simple tap you can initiate a video call.
In case you using a low powered phone, then don’t worry you have a great alternative like Facebook Messenger Lite. This Messenger App also supports cross-platform that means you can use it on a Web browser, IOS or Android. So you can connect with your friends and with your family regardless of the device their using.
IMO messenger has been around for a long time and yet it is still thriving in the category of video calling apps as well as chat apps for Android. It also supports iOS so that means you can actually call anyone that has the app installed on their device so far the person uses a smartphone and have internet connection enabled.
Another wonderful feature of this video calling app is that it’s compatible with 2G, 3G, 4G, and LTE networks so even if you’re having a hard time getting a good connection, this video calling app is there to rescue you. Also, have in mind that Imo messenger is not just for video calls alone. It also supports voice calls too.
Google Duo – High-Quality Video Calls
This is one of the simplest and easy to use video calling app for Android. With this wonderful video calling app from Google, you can virtually call anyone whether the person is using iOS or an Android device because it supports cross-platform.
With its knock knock feature, you can preview any incoming call before you answer.
To use Google duo is simple, all you have to do is log in, verify your phone number and you are good to go to video call any Google duo users with just a single tap just like you are making a normal phone call.
I think Google Duo is a good alternative for Apple’s FaceTime so don’t have to worry if you’re using Android or IOS.
- Supports voice calls.
- High video-call quality
- Encrypted for privacy
- Preview incoming calls before you answer with Knock Knock
- Supports video messages
Google hangout is a great messaging app developed by Google that helps you keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices, message contacts anytime, even if they’re offline, call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!), turn any conversation into a free group video call with just a single tap.
Although Google developed another app called Google Duo to replace this one yet this video chatting app still retains its wonderful reviews on Google Play store. Its video calling quality is stable and convenient and it also features a lot like stickers, gifs that makes chatting fun.
WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most widely used messaging apps today because it features a whole lot that makes chatting fun and interesting. And one of that feature is video calling.
I wished I could buy it from Facebook. LOL
Apart from its great filters and cool effects to make chatting fun, Whatsapp stories even adds to the whole fun.
Whatsapp messenger is great for voice and video calling too and it’s also very easy to use. Just open the app and verify your phone number and you can use Whatsapp free for a lifetime.
The video calling feature of Whatsapp is stable and convenient so you don’t have to worry about installing this app on your device.
Back then when I started using Viber messenger, it only has voice call capability. Then you can call both Viber users alongside regular phone calls. But now it has evolved into a full-fledged messaging service app.
You can text chat, call someone over Wi-Fi or cellular, video call etc. You can even make normal phone calls with it to any destination for an affordable fee.
They even feature a great end-to-end encryption on voice calls, video calls, text chat so you don’t need to worry about security. This wonderful messaging tool for Android and iOS also has a bunch of other features like:
- Hidden Chats
This video calling app for Android and iOS becomes very popular as the day goes by. It has over 600 million users across the globe and as it turns out, Line is also a great option for communication(voice, text and video calls).
Just like Skype and IMO, it also supports cross-platform so you can either make calls through your PC or smartphone.
Line Messenger is also a great tool to text chat, voice calls, video calls and a whole lot more.
- Share messages, photos, videos, stickers, voice messages, and locations easily with friends.
- Place international calls to mobile phones and landlines at low rates.
- Use effects and filters for even more fun during video calls. (Note that this feature may not be available on certain devices.)
- Group video calls chat with up to 200 friends in your group simultaneously
Download Line lite in case you are using a small powered phone to enjoy line seamlessly too.
JusTalk – Video calls
After reading the overwhelmingly positive reviews on Google Play, I was pushed to download and use this app and guess what I found?
I found out that this app is a pretty and decent app for either video messaging or video calls. Though it’s not been around for a long time, it’s certainly finding its way to the top.
With JusTalk theme feature you can theme your app the way you want to. You can also doodle your face while in a video call to make the conversation more fun.
This app also features cross-platform support, group chats, encryption, image sharing, and it is also free.
Most people have forgotten how wonderful this messaging app for Blackberry devices used to be. In fact, even till today, BBM is still a top notch video calling app for Android and iOS.
Another great thing about this awesome app is that it features voice and video-calling too. With its coolinterface and wonderful emojis and stickers to make chatting fun, you will love video chatting via BBM.
This app also have channels you can subscribe to just like YouTube that gives you a fun-filled day so that you never get to miss out on any thing. You can also follow your favorite celebrities as well.
Note: Its voice and video calling feature is still one of the best till date.
ICQ — Video Calls & Chat Messenger
With ICQ you can chat, voice call, voice call, create your own stickers that will soothe your style, also group chat with unlimited participant and channels.
This chat/video calling app for Android and iOS also features animated 3D mask to make video calling more fun and it allows you to synchronize messages across all devices.
This messaging app is also free and contains no ads.
KakaoTalk is another great app on my list. It is actually the first time I am writing about it because I wanted to use it and see how it works before writing about it.
From what I found out, this app is really great and it also supports other OS which means you can use it from either a smart phone or a PC.
This is a messaging app with a lot of unique features. You can voice call in HD, video call in HD, text chat, or even group chat with friends. It also features awesome emoticons, voice filter, and location sharing.
- See who read your messages (unread count)
- Multitask during free calls (send messages in other chat rooms)
- Schedule appointments, lunches, gatherings (w/ reminders)
- Have even more fun with Kakao mobile games
Tango is great messaging app that helps you stay in touch with the world. It offers live video streams service just like Facebook app that lets you watch or stream your best moment to the world.
It is also a great chat/messaging app for sharing sharing photos, stickers and it also allows you to filter photos or play games. With this app you can make best quality video and voice call whenever you want.
You can also receive gifts from friends and redeem it to real cash to earn easy money. Tango is a cool chat app with video calling features, and it’s available for both iOS and Android devices.
WeChat is a chat/messaging and calling app and it is widely used around the world.
WeChat features a very crystal clear video and voice calling function that enables you call your loved ones with ease. It also features a lot of beautiful stickers and emojis that you can choose from to express yourself in a fun filled way.
Another great thing this app has is that you can find new friends anywhere in the world with its friend radar, people nearby or shake features. Just by shaking your device when logged, you can meet new people every time.
Its privacy or encryption level is also one of the best. WeChat chat also supports 20 different languages and can also translate message to any language. All I can say is that this messaging app is worth trying and since it is free you don’t have to worry about anything.
Apple’s exclusive video chat option is still one of the most popular video chat apps on the market. Although only available for iOS and MacOS users, Facetime’s simple interface makes it easy to make quick video calls over Wi-Fi or a network connection.
If you’re an iOS user, you’ll find that you can start playing videos from anywhere in iOS where you can see your contacts. You can start a video call with a message from iMessage, or even add a contact as a favorite in your mobile app to quickly launch a FaceTime call. iOS 12 will bring many of the necessary enhancements to FaceTime, including FaceTime group calls and the ability to overlay Animoji and Memoji on the face during FaceTime calls.
FaceTime adds a lot of great features, but the real benefit is that it’s built into iOS and doesn’t require additional software or advanced configuration.
Hope we helped you in picking the best video calling apps for Android or iPhone, iPad or your iPod touch.
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