Best free software for video calling

We all are aware of this feature named video calling or video chatting. But it was not that used app till the pandemic didn’t happen. Once the whole world was affected by the pandemic, everyone was sitting at home, enjoying the starting phase of lockdown, but with time everyone was getting frustrated, bored at home, missing offices, friends, and many more.

At this time, video calling apps got more attention and people have started these apps to connect with their friends, family, and colleagues. After 4 to 5 months of the pandemic, offices were getting started, and everyone has started work from home. They have started video calling apps for office meetings as well.

Today we are discussing some most popular video calling apps here, have a look:

1. Zoom Meeting

Zoom

Zoom is one of the most popular apps for video calling and chatting. The reason behind its popularity is its video and voice quality and also its features like screen sharing, virtual background, etc. Another reason is that it is compatible with both smartphones as well as the web.

If you are using the free version of the app or simply just chatting with your friends then there is a limit for more than three users in a single call. You have a time limit of 40 minutes and only can join three users.

Pros:

  • It’s Good for calling your friends or colleagues.
  • Set of comprehensive features
  • Compatible with all platforms

Cons:

  • The time limit for 3 or more with the free version
  • Zoom meeting is compatible or works with iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and the Web.

2. Skype

Skype

Skype is also one of the most popular apps for a very long time. It offers you a limit of 50 people at a time on a single call. It doesn’t charge you a single amount of money like zoom. With Skype, you can easily share your screen, documents, photos, files, or videos. It can transfer up to 300MB of data or files.

It also supports international texting and calling. The paid version is also available for Skype, but no need to use it if you are calling your friends or family.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Cost-Effective
  • User-friendly environment
  • Quality audio video calling and screen sharing

Cons:

  • Connecting with a Bluetooth device can be better.

3. Google Duo

Google Duo

It is a video communication service developed by Google. It was announced on May 18, 2016, and officially released worldwide on August 16, 2016. You have to create a group on google duo to chat with your friends. It has a limit of 25 people on a video call and 50 while streaming. Google Duo is easy to use and most accessible by many android phones. The duo is also available on iOS and it allows you to send and record video messages.

It has a feature called ‘Knock-knock’ which allows users to live preview the caller before receiving the call.

Pros:

  • Pre-installed in new android phones
  • Free of cost
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • 32 person limit

4. Discord

Discord

If you are a gamer, then you must aware of this app. It is popular in the gaming community because it allows users to create groups and chat with their friends. But do you know that it also supports video chat? Yes, because it allows streaming over the app. You can play games with your friends by using one user’s screen content to the others. It temporarily allows a maximum of 10 to 15 people at a time for streaming. If you want to raise your video streaming quality to 1080p/60 fps, then you have to upgrade it to Nitro.

Pros:

  • Great for Gaming
  • Robust mobile and pc apps

Cons:

  • Lack of work-friendly features

5. Google Meet

Google meet

It is a video communication service provided by Google. It was formerly known as Google Hangout. Google Meet was officially launched in March 2017. It allows up to 30 participants at a time. Google Meet is compatible with iOS, Android, Web Apps, and Symbian apps.

Pros:

  • Low light mode for video
  • Easy to set up with a google account
  • Set up a meeting for 100 participants for more than 60 min

Cons:

  • The ‘hand raise’ feature is not available in the free version.

So this is the best free video calling apps.

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FAQs

How to make a video call on Skype?

1. Go to Contacts
2. Select the Contact you want to make a call.
3. Click on the audio or video option.
4. Click on End call to hang up.

How to change the background in google meet?

1. Go to Google Meet, select meeting.
2. Click on background
3. Upload a background image
4. Click on Join now
5. To blur the background, click on blur your background

How to change the background in zoom?

1. Log in to Zoom
2. Click on room management.
3. Go to zoom rooms
4. Go to account settings.
5. Go to Profile >> Background >> Images for zoom rooms
6. Click on upload
7. Select image and open

Are zoom backgrounds free?

Zoom has some pre-downloaded images, but you can also upload your images.

How to download google meet for laptop?

No need to download it on laptop or PC, you can simply access it on google chrome via meet.google.com.

Is a live stream the same as zoom?

No, there is a difference between live streaming and zoom.
In live streaming you have a control over what your audience seen where as zoom is easily recognizable.

How much data does zoom use for 1 hour?

It depends on video streaming quality. Genrally it takes 540 MB to 1 GB per hour for 1 to 1 zoom meeting.

Can others see you on zoom?

Yes, obviously they can see you if your web cam is on.

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