Have you recently switched from iOS to Android but not able to cope up without Facetime? Luckily, there are plenty of FaceTime alternatives for Android.
As all of us know that the era of the digital revolution has completely changed the way we communicate with others. Video chatting apps have done the impossible and now we can actually see the person sitting at the other end of the call no matter where any of us are in the world. Among these video chatting apps, FaceTime from Apple is most likely the most widely loved one out there on the internet as of now, and for good reason. With the help of this app, you can actually attend a group video call with as many as 32 people. Yes, you heard that right. Add to that the clear audio as well as crisp video, and you will know the reason behind the craze that this app conjures. However, Android users – who are far too many in number when compared to that of Apple users – cannot use this app as it is only compatible with the iOS operating system.
Dear Android users, do not lose hope. Even if you cannot make use of FaceTime, there are some amazing alternatives to it. And there are a plethora of them out there. What are they? Do I hear you asking that? Well, then you are in the right place, my friend. In this article, I am going to talk to you about the 7 best alternatives to FaceTime on Android. I am also going to give you more detailed information on each one of them. So make sure to stick to the end. Now, without wasting any more time, let us dive deeper into the matter. Keep on reading.
7 Best FaceTime Alternatives for Android
Here are the 7 best alternatives to FaceTime on Android out there on the internet as of now. Read along to find out more detailed information on each one of them.
1. Facebook Messenger
First of all, the first alternative to FaceTime on Android that I am going to talk to you about is called Facebook Messenger. It is one of the most widely loved alternatives to FaceTime. It is also one of the easiest ones to use. The reasons behind this are that a huge number of people use Facebook and therefore uses – or at least acquainted with Facebook Messenger. This, in turn, makes it possible for you to video call others without the need to convince them to install and use a new app that they might not even have heard about.
The quality of the calls is pretty good. In addition to that, the app also works cross-platform. As a result, you can sync it with Android, iOS, and even to your computer which increases the fun. There is also a lite version of the same app which consumes fewer data and storage space. Although there are bits about the Facebook Messenger that are downright annoying, but overall, it is a great alternative to FaceTime from Apple.
Now, the next best alternative to FaceTime on Android that I am going to talk to you about is called Skype. This too – similar to Facebook Messenger – is a well-known as well as reputed video chat service. In fact, I can go as far as saying that the app is indeed a pioneer in the fields of the smartphone as well as computer voice and video calls. Therefore, you can be sure of its trustworthiness as well as efficiency. And to this day, the app has held its place in the market, a great feat of achievement, especially even after it has joined the Microsoft juggernaut.
As a user of Skype, you can make use of its one-on-one along with group voice as well as video chats to others who also use Skype absolutely free of charge. In addition to that, you can also call mobile as well as landline numbers too. However, you do need to pay a small fee to make use of that service.
Another useful feature of the app is the built-in instant messaging. With this service, you can simply connect their SMS to the app and voila. It is now entirely possible for you to reply to all those text messages on your phone via your Mac or PC. The user base of the app is huge and therefore it is easier to find people you want to get in touch with already having the app installed across all their devices.
3. Google Hangouts
The next best alternative to FaceTime on Android that is definitely well worth of your time as well as attention is called Google Hangouts. It is another app from Google that is clearly one of the best in what it does. The user interface (UI) and the working process of the app is quite similar to that of FaceTime from Apple.
In addition to that, the app enables you to make group video conferencing calls with as many as ten people at any given time. Along with that, group chats on the app can accommodate as many as 100 people at once, adding to its benefits. For making a video conferencing call, all you need to do is send an invitation to join the call to all the participants along with a URL. The participants are then going to need to click on the link, and that is it. The app is going to take care of the rest and they will be able to join the conference call or meeting.
Next, I would request all of you to shift your attention to the next best alternative to FaceTime on Android which is called Viber. The app boasts of a user base of more than 280 million people from every corner of the world along with high ratings and some amazing reviews. The app initially began its journey as a simple text as well as an audio messaging app. However, later the developers realized the huge potential of the video calling market and they wanted to have a share as well.
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In its earlier days, the app tried to simply emulate the audio call services offered by Skype. However, they were quick to realize that it would not be enough and moved to video calling as well. The app is relatively new to the market, especially when you compare it with some of the others on the list. But do not let that fact fool you. It is still an amazing app that is definitely worth your time as well as attention.
The app comes loaded with a user interface (UI) that is simple, clean, and intuitive. This is where the app beats the likes of Google Hangouts and Skype which have a more clunky user interface (UI) design. The reason behind this is these apps started as desktop services and later modified themselves for mobile. However, Viber has been built only for smartphones. While that makes it a great choice as an app, on the other hand, you cannot try the desktop version even if you want to, because, well, they do not have one.
On the downside, the app does not allow its users to communicate with others who do not use the app. In addition to that, whereas most of the other apps use SMS protocol, Viber does not take part in it. Therefore, you cannot even send text messages to those who do not use the app. This can be a big issue for some of the users.
Another very well-known as well as the best alternative to FaceTime is WhatsApp. Of course, almost all of you definitely know about WhatsApp. It is one of the most widely loved messaging services out there on the internet that you can find as of now. The developers have offered it free of charge to its users.
With the help of this app, not only can you text your friends and family, but it is also possible to make audio calls as well as video calls with it. A unique feature is that the app works cross-platform across all the other popular platforms. As a result, you do not need to worry about what your friends or family use as a medium of communication. It simply does not matter.
In addition to that, the app also enables you to all sorts of things such as images, documents, audio clips and recordings, location information, contacts, and even video clips. Every single chat on the app is encrypted. This, in turn, gives you an added layer of security and keeps your chat records private.
6. Google Duo
The next best alternative to FaceTime on Android that I am now going to turn your attention to is called Google Duo. It would probably not an exaggeration to say that this app is essentially the FaceTime of Android. Backed by the trust and efficiency of Google, the app delivers a top-notch performance. The app performs exceptionally well on both Wi-Fi as well as cellular connections.
The app is compatible with both Android as well as iOS operating systems. This, in turn, makes you enable to call your family and friends no matter what the operating system on their smartphones are. It is entirely possible for you placing one-on-one along with group video calls. For the video call feature, the app allows its users to make video calls with as many as eight people. In addition to that, you can also leave video messages to your friends and family. Another unique feature of the app is called ‘Knock-knock.’ With the help of this feature, you can actually see who is calling with a live video preview prior to picking up the call. The end-to-end encryption makes sure your personal chat records are always safe and do not fall into the wrong hands.
The app is already integrated with a large number of mobile apps from Google. Add to that the fact that is now comes pre-installed with many of the Android smartphones makes it an amazing choice for the users.
7. ezTalks Meetings
Last but not the least, the final best alternative to FaceTime on Android that you should definitely check out at least once is called ezTalks Meetings. The developers have built this app keeping specifically video conferencing calls with groups in mind. This, in turn, makes it the best-suited choice for you in case you run a business and would like to have conference calls or in case you just loving talking to several different members of your family at the same time. In addition to that, the app also allows its users to place one-on-one calls. The process of adding the participants to a video call is super easy – all you need to do is send them an invitation through a link via email.
The developers have offered the app to its users for both free as well as paid versions. In the free version, it is entirely possible for you to make as well as attend a group conference video call with as many as 100 people. Yes, you read that right. In case even that is not enough for you, you can always attend as well as host a group conference video call with as many as 500 people. As you have probably understood by now that you need to buy the premium version by paying a subscription fee to use this feature. In addition to that, there is also an option to upgrade to the Enterprise plan. Under this plan, you can host as well as attend online meetings with as many as 10,000 people at any given time. Can you hope to find better than that? Well, as it turns out, you do get more than that. In this plan, the app offers you some amazing customization features such as screen sharing, whiteboard sharing, the ability to schedule online meetings even when the participants are in several different time zones.
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In addition to that, features such as instant messaging, the ability to record the online meetings as well as play and record and watch them later, and many more are also available on the app.
So, guys, we have come to the end of this article. It is now time to wrap it up. I sincerely hope that the article was well worth your time as well as attention and gave you much-needed value that you have been craving all this while. In case you have a specific question in your mind, or if you think I have missed a specific point, or in case you would like me to talk to you about something else entirely, please do let me know. I would be more than happy to answer your questions and oblige your requests.