Go face-to-face with these video-calling apps

Last updated: April 9, 2020

Whether you’re introducing Baby to Grandma, catching up with friends near and far, or just saying hi to your main squeeze, video calling can bring you closer together. Here are five apps that get it right.
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Skype - free IM & video calls

11,160,035
1,000,000,000
Contains ads
Why we love this
  1. 1Synonymous with video calling, this dependable app keeps things clutter-free so you can focus on your conversation
  2. 2Make group video calls with up to 25 people (including yourself) for free
  3. 3Cross-platform functionality means family members can call by laptop or tablet if they prefer the big screen

Marco Polo - Stay In Touch

252,290
10,000,000
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Can’t find a time to chat live? Record and send fun, personal messages to one or many with this “video walkie talkie”
  2. 2No time limits: Make messages as long as you want and keep them forever (or delete after viewing)
  3. 3Get playful with doodles and hilarious voice filters (macho man, helium, and robot) as you record
Why we love this
  1. 1Duo’s adaptability makes calls seamless: Call quality adjusts to network conditions and you can switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data
  2. 2Make video calls to friends who don’t have Duo (and use Android devices)
  3. 3See who’s knocking (read: calling) before you pick up with “Knock Knock,” a live video preview

Snapchat

22,707,922
1,000,000,000
Contains ads
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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Snapchat’s all about spontaneity and silliness – and its video caller is perfect for both
  2. 2An ever-changing selection of filters (or “Lenses”) runs the gamut from fluffy rabbit ears to rainbow facial hair
  3. 3Chat with up to 15 others in a Brady Bunch-style grid – the stickers you send each other will show up on screen during the call

Houseparty

134,844
10,000,000
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1This fun-first app makes video calling a digital party, with up to eight people in a given chat
  2. 2Play guessing game “Heads Up” on your call, with lots of themed decks to choose from
  3. 3See who’s “in the house” and jump into friends’ calls (or “rooms”) at any time; you can lock a room to keep it private
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