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

Last updated: June 6, 2019

Whether you’re introducing Baby to Grandma, catching up with faraway friends, 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

10,808,498
1,000,000,000
Contains ads
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Offers in-app purchases
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 - Video Chat for Busy People

225,873
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

Google Duo - High Quality Video Calls

3,985,225
1,000,000,000
Offers in-app purchases
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

19,632,563
500,000,000
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 doe eyes to facial hair to full-body sloth
  3. 3Chat with up to 15 friends in a Brady Bunch-style grid – the stickers you send each other will show up on screen during the call

Houseparty

64,852
5,000,000
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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