The best video call apps to keep you socialising while self-isolating

Are you doing your part to flatten the curve by staying home as much as possible? Great work!

Although you might be trying to physically isolate, thanks to technology, you won’t have to socially isolate.

Here are some free video chat apps you can use to stay up to date with family, friends and even work colleagues:


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Google Hangouts
What it is: Google Hangouts is a video conferencing app developed by Google and operates through a Gmail account. The app supports Windows, Android and iOS devices.
Capacity: Video calls can include up to 25 people.
Find out more: hangouts.google.com/

Houseparty
What it is: Houseparty is a social networking service for group video chatting, games and fun quizzes using mobile and desktop apps. It supports iOS, Android, Mac or Google Chrome.
Capacity: Up to eight people can video chat together at the same time.
Find out more: houseparty.com/

Zoom
What it is: Zoom is a conferencing service that provides video and audio chatting, and online meetings. It supports most browsers including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and Mac.
Capacity: Up to 100 people can video chat at the same time using the basic free plan, however there is a 40-minute time limit. The business plan can host up to 300 people at a time and the enterprise plan can host up to 500 people.
Find out more: zoom.us/

FaceTime
What it is: FaceTime is a video chat platform that is pre-installed on most Apple devices.
Capacity: You can add up to 32 people at the same time using Group FaceTime.
Find out more: support.apple.com/en-au/

WhatsApp
What it is: WhatsApp is a messaging service that also allows users to make video calls. It supports Android devices and well as Apple products.
Capacity: The app allows up to 16 people to video chat at the same time.
Find out more: whatsapp.com/

Facebook Messenger
What it is: Facebook Messenger is a messaging, calling and video chatting app developed by Facebook. It supports Android devices and well as Apple products.
Capacity: Up to 50 people can video chat on Facebook Messenger at once.
Find out more: messenger.com/

Skype
What it is: Skype is an app for messaging, video chat and voice calls. It supports most browsers such as Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.
Capacity: Up to 50 people can video chat at the same time using Skype.
Find out more: skype.com/en/

 

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