Top 5 free video calling apps for smartphones and tablets

Top 5 free video calling apps for smartphones and tablets
Wondering which as the best free video calling apps for smartphones and tablets? We've rounded up five solid picks, and we're ready to share them with you. Note that you may already know - or even use - some of the apps on this list, but we really can't help it if the most popular apps are also the best.

Instant messaging is one of the main advantages of owning a smartphone.  Just ask yourself: what's better than being able to stay in touch with your family, friends, and coworkers from anywhere you may be in the world?

After the age of text-based instant messaging came and passed, came the era of voice calls, and we've seen some developers taking this idea to the bank over the past couple of years (Skype and Whatsapp are the best examples). However, while texts and audio are great and all, it turns out that more bandwidth, better cameras, and more processing power have already ushered in the next awesome feature: video calls.


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17 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

In iOS, you can go straight to FaceTime within a regular call- and it will switch as soon as the other party accepts. A few questions: How do you know if the person you want to make a video call has hangouts (or other apps)? Can you flip the camera from front to rear during conversation with hangouts and other apps? Is it the same as FaceTime: just dial the number and press FaceTime from the call app or do you have to open a different app and send and invitation?

2. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I still wonder if there are people living in caves ;p

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Are those difficult questions to answer?

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No its not at all easy or convenient as FaceTime. 1. Simply click on 'New Video Call' option. It will show you a list of your contacts. The ones who have inverted commas on their thumbnail are the ones you can make video calls with. 2. Haven't tried it yet. 3. No. You don't need to leave the app to make a video call. However, I don't think you can switch a regular call to video call during a conversation.

5. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

1. How do you know the people you are calling has FaceTime? 2. Yes, you can flip cameras. 3. Yes, from contacts you can choose if you want to have a call, a video call or a sms. Nor knowing what other can do and asking that, thinking your favorite will have exclusivity, it is not pop up you in a good light. Enjoy all the platforms and choose what's fitting best your needs.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

How do you know if your contact has FaceTime? It's systemwide on iOS: for example, when you're texting with someone their bubbles show up as blue instead of green - then you know the user is on iOS, so they have FaceTime. Or: when you bring up contacts (either contacts app or call app) it will give you option for FaceTime among just call and text (if there's no FaceTime icon that means either the user disabled it on their iOS device or he doesn't have it). Or during the call (either regular call or FaceTime audio call) there is a highlighted FaceTime app that you can tap and switch to during a call. The reason for my questions: FaceTime held A LOT in my line of work (I'm a residential contractor). Unfortunately some of my customers use android - I want to assume that if they have android they have hangouts, that even if they don't know about having it on their phone I can still video call them without asking if they have it!!! On iOS device, I have facetimed customers that never, ever used FaceTime before - all they gotta do is answer the call. If I install hangouts, can I assume if I video call any android user he will be able to answer without any other setup? Also is the native call app tied to hangouts (or do I have to initiate a call from hangouts in order to be able to switch to video during a call). Stop assuming that I'm trying to troll. These forums are trolled so much that everyone (including me) are on defence, so I get it.

6. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

I'm using the 3GPP native video calling feature on my Samsung phone. it's as easy as making a regular calls. and i never use those apps, so i can't answer that.

3. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

How face time is your #1 app? It works only on iOS. Though I have heard from people face time has good quality even on poor networks. But unavailability on all major platforms is serious drawback. Skype and hangouts are by far the best voice/video/phone calling apps.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

I think they meant "Most Used" video call apps.

7. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Face time is good but only for ios users. That alone makes it unusable to me.

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I think you forget about BBM and Whatsapp too, including the Chinese WeChat and the Japanese LINE.

10. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

oovoo anyone?

11. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

As an Asian guy, I have a question for the author. Where the hell is Line?

16. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Most of our audience is either in North America or India (and growing in Europe), so Line doesn't get much coverage because it's mostly big in east Asia.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yet only one truly cross platform people connecting application on this list...smh

15. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

How many people really use video calling? I'm curious.

17. PrasantaShee

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 25, 2017

R-HUB HD video conferencing servers is another very good video calling app which works on iOS, Android, Windows, MAC etc. It allows one to conduct video conferencing with 30 people at a time.

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