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COVID-19 lockdown: 7 free video-calling smartphone apps to help you stay connected

People across the world are using video-calling apps to virtually meet their friends and family.

As the communities across the globe are going through a tough time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are staying indoors to practice social distancing. In order to keep in touch with friends, families and colleagues, people are resorting to video-calling apps that are available for free.

Here’s are a few interesting and secured apps that will help you remain connected with your loved ones during this lockdown. Check out!

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Google Duo

It is the highest quality video calling app. It’s free, simple and works on Android phones, iPhones, tablets, computers, and smart displays, like the Google Nest Hub Max. You can keep the fun times rolling with your weekly game nights over group calling that is available for 12+ friends at a time and works on Android phones, iPhones, iPads and tablets. You can also join a group call with just a link.

Moreover, Google Duo’s new family mode lets you doodle on video calls for everyone to see and surprise loved ones with fun masks and effects. Family mode also helps avoid accidental hang-ups and mutes by hiding those buttons while you play together.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp's Frequently Forwarded feature

More than 2 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world.

WhatsApp started as an alternative to SMS. Our product now supports sending and receiving a variety of media: text, photos, videos, documents, and location, as well as voice calls. Its messages and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption, meaning that no third party including WhatsApp can read or listen to them.

Skype Lite

 

Skype Lite is the new Skype built for India to meet your daily messaging and video communication needs. It is small, fast, and capable. It lets you send free text messages and make voice & video calls even under limited network conditions. Skype Lite will always help you stay connected with your friends and family.

Moreover, Skype Lite is quick to download and runs fast on most popular Android devices. It is built with the latest Skype technology to perform well – even under limited network connections and help you save money with data saving features for video call.

Google Meet

A guide to how to use Google Meet and change the layout

Available free for everyone at meet.google.com and on iOS or Android, Google Meet, the tech giant’s premium video conferencing product, is free for everyone, you can also get started by signing-in at meet.google.com if you have an existing Gmail account. In case you don’t have a free Google Account, it only takes a minute to create one using your work or personal email address of choice.

In a recent blog post, Google has revealed that the “Meetings are limited to 60 minutes for the free product, though we won’t enforce this time limit until after Sept. 30. Creating a trusted meeting space is important, and being mindful when sharing meeting links in public forums can help create a safe experience for all attendees.” Mind you! Google has seen Meet’s peak daily usage grew by 30x since January.

Stay connected wherever you go – start or join a 100-person meeting with crystal-clear, face-to-face video, high quality screen sharing, and instant messaging – for free!

Imo

It’s a free, simple and faster video calling & instant messaging app that allows you to send text or voice messages or video call with your friends and family easily and quickly, even the signal under bad network. It support real-time group video chats up to 20 members. So you can enjoy live talks with colleagues, friends and families by creating a conference room for online meeting.

It is compatible with all networks be it 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. The user can also send and receive voice messages or documents of any type(.DOC, .MP3, .ZIP, .PDF, etc.).

Apple Facetime

With this free video call app for all iOS users, you can communicate with anyone who has an Apple device from your Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  Moreover, you can start video call on one iDevice and continue it on your second Apple gadget without interruptions owing to new Continuity feature in iOS 9+. Interestingly, users can also record iPhone calls and share the compressed videos through Whatsapp.

Line

Now, call friends and family as often as you want, for as long as you want. Free international voice and video calls make it easy to stay connected. Currently available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, PC (Windows and Mac) and LINE Lite on Android.

There are also exciting stickers to let know other how you’re feeling by choosing from over 10,000 stickers and emoticons. Visit the Sticker Shop to discover original stickers of your favourite characters and celebrities. Besides this, LINE lets you share photos, videos, voice messages, contacts, and location information in the moment.

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