Sure you could pick up the phone and chat with a loved one or you could take the less personal route and go with text messaging, but why not enjoy a face-to-face conversation in the digital age? That’s what these next apps allow you to do by offering a way to chat via video with friends and family. Video messaging has really taken people by storm allowing you to connect with people on a more personal and engaging level.
The best video chat apps for the iPhone
11 Aug 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
This is the official Hangouts app by Google, which you can use to keep in touch with people via a number of ways including voice calls, video, instant messaging and more. Users can also have conversations with more than one person. It comes with all the frills such as status messages, emoji support, stickers, and the ability to send photos and animated GIFs. Additionally, Google Voice can be connected to get phone number, SMS, and voicemail integration.
- Keep in touch with people across the globe
- Instant messaging, voice calls, and video
- Talk to one or more people at a time
- Google Voice support
- Send emojis, stickers, photos, and GIFs
JusTalk is a video-calling app that is simple and elegant, to help you share your previous moments with loved ones across the world. Import contacts from address book or Facebook and begin your high-quality video calls, where you can doodle, share images, and record during the call! You can also be sure that you are safe and secure, thanks to end-to-end encryption
- High-quality video calling
- Doodle on the screen
- DIsplay images during the call
- Capture photos and videos during the call
- Encrypted data
If you're tired of all the extra features of messaging apps and would rather go for something minimalistic, then Google's official Google Duo app is the one you should go for. It is designed to quickly connect you with your contacts via high-quality video over wifi as well as mobile network. If you're in a remote area with a slow connection, then an audio calling option is also available. This is a simple and reliable app that you can use to call anyone with a smartphone.
- Minimalistic interface
- High-quality video
- Audio calls for slow connections
- Simple and reliable
- Universal app
A fun and feature-packed app, BOO! is a video-chatting app that lets you quickly share videos with your friends or give them a video call. Capture a moment by holding down the record button and send it to your friends upon releasing the button. Unlike Instagram and SnapChat, this app ensures that you only allow your friends to see your videos. Videos can be decorated with moving stickers, GIFs, and doodles. You can also video call your friends one-to-one or in groups.
- Only allow friends to see you
- Group and one-to-one video chat
- Dozens of face filters
- Free app with additional in-app purchases
- Edit videos with stickers, gifs, and doodles
Here's a place where you can communicate in all different ways but one thing is shared and that's the fact it's free. The Tango app is dedicated to offering users free video calls and chats which allows you to connect with people on a deeper level. The app uses WiFi or 3G/4G for the calls, which means roaming and a huge long distance bill are things of the past. Users will find the audio to be crisp and clear, which is imperative when chatting. The app also gives users the ability to make phone calls and engage in text messaging and group chatting.
- Enjoy free video chats and calls
- The app uses WiFi or 3G/4G
- Enjoy crisp and clear audio
- Use the app for phone calls, group chatting, and text messaging
- Share photos through the app
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It's time to throw your phone bill out the door and look at the Paltalk app that offers free video chat. This app makes it possible to chat with people live in a group setting. Chat about the weather, local events, politics, entertainment gossip, listen to music with each other, and even engage in a little karaoke if you like. The app is filled with public chat rooms to check out but if you're rather you can engage in a private conversation. Build your own profile, send virtual gifts to friends, and there is no limit on the amount of video chat you have going on.
- Chat one on one or in a public chat room
- Chat rooms have different topics
- There is no limit on the video chats you have
- You can build a profile
- Send virtual gifts to people
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It's all about the free stuff with the Nimbuzz Messenger app. Who doesn't want to be able to make voice calls, share files, and send chat messages in one central location and for free, of course? This one is integrated with your photos and address book so that the user experience is smooth and streamlined. Features include being able to engage in group chats and free messaging, make use of the engaging sticker packs, and check out the chatrooms. The app uses SIP VOIP accounts and this means you won't have to worry about any sort of cost to you when chatting with friends and family.
- Make voice calls, share files, and send chat messages
- The app uses SIP VOIP
- The app is integrated with your photos and address book
- The user interface is streamlined
- There are sticker packs available
- Check out the chatrooms
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We all love connecting with friends and family but that monthly bill can be rather costly. The WeChat app can work as a cost-effective solution that is user-friendly and offers crisp and clear sound quality. There is no fee associated with this app; it allows you to make free calls to any location you want in the world. That's not just voice calls, it's also video calls. Send voice messages, texts, pictures, and videos to anyone you like and you can even get involved in a group chat with up to 100 people. The group chat is ideal when planning or trying to organize with a large group of people.
- Enjoy free voice and video calls
- Send voice, text, picture, and video messages
- Chat with up to 100 people at once
- Sound quality is crisp and clear
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Do it all in one location with the Vonage Mobile app that allows users to enjoy video, voice, and text calls/messages. You'll be able to use this app on up to five of your devices and with that get free calls, free group messaging, free texting, and free video chatting. If it's group messaging you're using you can chat with up to 50 people at once. The app is free because it's using either 3G/4G or WiFi. If you're wanting to place an international call you can do so for way less using the app. Navigating through the app is simple and feels familiar so you won't feel overwhelmed.
- The app is free to use on up to five devices
- Group messaging with up to 50 people
- The app is user-friendly
- Free group messaging, texting, calling, and video chatting
- Offers reasonable international calling rates