Zoom has surged in popularity since the pandemic but it is not the only tool that you can use to make free video calls. In fact, there are others useful apps where you will not experience zoombombing. Below are six options that you can use for business or leisure to stay connected despite the stay-at-home orders.
- Microsoft Teams
Does your office run on Office 365? Microsoft Teams is your best option for free video conferencing. It integrates chat, video meetings, audio calling, and Office apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint into one hub.
- Google Hangouts Meet
The G suite Plaform has the Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing tool that you can access via a web link through a laptop, the mobile app, or a phone line. You can also create a direct link via Google Calendar invite.
Did you know that Skype can support up to 50 people on the same audio call? It is available for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. The apps also allows you to record, save, and share your video calls, and has live captions and subtitles.
- Marco Polo
If you want to video chat with someone but they are busy or living in another time zone, you can use Marco Polo to send video messages instead. The person or group at the other end of the line can then watch your message and respond at their leisure. Your video messages can be rewatched and there are not limits on video time.
With 2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp is a great option to send messages or make video and audio calls. It features end-to-end encryption, which means that only you and the person you are sending a message to can read what you send. It is up to you to trust this as WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.
- Facebook Messenger
If you are always on Facebook, Messenger has a video chat option and is not limited to sending messages. You can video call your friends through the app for free, too.