How to make video calls on your smartphone

Handy apps to help keep you in touch with loved ones.

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Whether you are living far away from your grandkids or just want to show off your holiday location or hotel room to friends and family, video calls are a great way to do it.

Using the video app functions can also be a lot cheaper than making phone calls, particularly if you, or the person you are talking to, are overseas.

Some applications, will only work on one operating system, so it is no use using an app like Facetime if you are trying to communicate between iPhone and Android. Some apps however, are right to use on any device.

Skype

Price

Free of cost from Google Play Store for android or from App store for iOS.

Features

Skype is the most used video call messenger worldwide. You can get connected to your friends and family on the go, no matter whether they are using skype on android or iPhone. Skype is a communication program which is free to use for chatting and video calls, so long as both parties are on the Skype platform. The only time you need to pay for a Skype service is if you want to make inexpensive phone calls to anywhere in the world, but the other party is not using the platform. If you have several friends on Skype you can even video call more than one of them at once for a group chat.

How to use

1. Install the app from App Store or Play Store.

2. Click to open the app.

3. Get your username registered.

4. Make video calls any time you want.

Google Hangouts

Price

It can be downloaded free of cost for iPhone or Android.

Features

This app allows you to send instant text messages, make voice and video calls between iOS and Android. You do need to have a Google account to use it, so if you don’t have one go to google.com to set one up.

How to use

1. Install the app from App store or Play store.

2. Open the app by tapping on the icon.

3. Sign in using your Google account.

4. Click the ‘Start a hangout’ button at the top right hand side of the Google+ home screen.

5. Follow the prompts and invite people to the hangout via email or name your hangout.

6. Click ‘Hang Out’ and the room will open when the first invitee joins.

Viber

Price

Free of cost from Google Play Store for Android or from App store for iOS.

Features

Viber is just like Skype but doesn’t need you to add contact or ask for IDs because everyone’s phone number in your address book is their ID. That means your contact list is automatically updated.

How to use

1. Download the app from store.

2. Open the app by tapping on its icon.

3. Register your phone number and then synchronise the contacts.

4. Start dialling video calls.

Facebook Messenger

Price

It can be downloaded free for Android and iPhone.

Features

Facebook Video Chat allows you to start a conversation with any of your friends on the social network. You can synchronise your Facebook friends and the contacts from your phone all at once. If you don’t want video, just press the phone-like icon and Messenger let’s you make regular calls.

How to use

1. Install the app from App Store or Play Store.

2. Login with your Facebook ID.

3. Click on the icon which looks like a video camera.

4. The person will now be prompted to start a video call with you.

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    Cheezil61
    25th Aug 2017
    6:07am
    Uninstalled my Skype, too much trouble/difficult to use - on one device vid did not work but sound was ok & other device vid worked but no sound so waste of time - same as whenever I ever try to do anything pc/tech related, it doesn't just simply work as instructed, without all the bs & time involved sorting it out, there is always a setting that is incorrect or is missing to my interface/system/windows program, etc & I end up giving up as do not have time to mess around getting it working & no one ever available to help me do it = the place I purchased my laptop is not interested in the kind of help I need & I have tried doing a course (but it was 6 months & I completed it but still cannot overcome things like above.

    It doesn't help that in the past (on old Windows/desktop/operating systems) I have saved all sorts of info (photos, business letters, etc) to a portable hard drive or usb or burnt to cd & all are useless when I purchase a new laptop with a different Windows program, etc (because they don't sell the same old Windows program,it is unavailable) so computers are not that amazing - at least my 30 year old photo albums are still ok & I can just look at those old photos any time without the hassle, but the new digital ones are only accessible for a short term when one considers the rubbish we have to go thru moving files or backing up -which I still cannot successfully do even after using a computer for many years because the old file types do not work on the new equipment/laptops, etc ......gggrrr) Tried a cloud program also but that was a fail as well once I used up the allowed free space as I will not pay for more because I do not trust that it will always be accessible for many reasons including the reason above! AAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!
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    6:07am
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    It doesn't help that in the past (on old Windows/desktop/operating systems) I have saved all sorts of info (photos, business letters, etc) to a portable hard drive or usb or burnt to cd & all are useless when I purchase a new laptop with a different Windows program, etc (because they don't sell the same old Windows program,it is unavailable) so computers are not that amazing - at least my 30 year old photo albums are still ok & I can just look at those old photos any time without the hassle, but the new digital ones are only accessible for a short term when one considers the rubbish we have to go thru moving files or backing up -which I still cannot successfully do even after using a computer for many years because the old file types do not work on the new equipment/laptops, etc ......gggrrr) Tried a cloud program also but that was a fail as well once I used up the allowed free space as I will not pay for more because I do not trust that it will always be accessible for many reasons including the reason above! AAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!

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