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How to make a group video call

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How to make a group video call: If you’ve ever worked or studied away from home, you’ve certainly made new friends with people you can’t see in person. Or again, you have decided with your friends to spend an alternative and quiet evening, without leaving the house but still having a chat: what could be the best solution, if not a nice group video call ?

Video calls are a simple and, above all, comfortable way to chat with your acquaintances, study and participate in remote work activities using new technologies. And for this very reason, in this tutorial I want to explain to you how to make a group video call with some of the most popular applications suitable for this purpose.

I will offer you free solutions (at least in their basic versions): you will not have to shell out a cent to use them. I bet you can’t wait to find out what they are, right? So bon I just have to invite you to get comfortable and immerse yourself in reading this tutorial.

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How to make a group video call on WhatsApp

As a first solution, let’s see immediately how to make a group video call on WhatsApp , a famous messaging application that has been offering this possibility for some time. I want to clarify a small detail immediately: WhatsApp does not allow video calls on a PC , so you will necessarily have to use it on mobile devices.

Pay attention to the speed of your line: it must be at least 512 kbps in download and 128 kbps in upload, minimum requirements to be able to support a video call for three people: as the number of participants increases, obviously, the request in terms of download and upload increases. . Also remember that WhatsApp allows you to make video calls with up to 7 other people at the moment .

If you have an Android smartphone or tablet equipped with a SIM (you need a number to activate WhatsApp), search your device for the Play Store application (the colored ▶ ︎ symbol), then open it and, at the top of the screen, you will see a bar with the phrase “Search apps and games” . Tap on it, then type WhatsApp .

The application will be shown to you in the search results: you just have to select it (or click on this link , if you are reading directly from your device) and press the Install buttons , to install the app, and then Open , to open it . Alternatively, you can go back to the Home screen and press the application icon that has just appeared in it (or in the app drawer).

If you are using a device without the Play Store, you can get the application through an alternative store.

If, on the other hand, you have an iPhone , you must go to the App Store (the “A” icon on a blue background) and press the Search button located at the bottom right. After typing WhatsApp , select the app icon from the search results (or press this link , if you are reading directly from your device), tap the Get / Install button , then use Face ID, Touch ID or password Apple ID and wait for the application to install: now press the Open button or select the icon that appears on the Home screen, to start WhatsApp.

I remind you that at the moment WhatsApp is not present on iPad , or rather: only through the Web app, which just like on PC does not allow video calls.

WhatsApp per Android

At this point, all you have to do is configure WhatsApp for use. The procedure is the same on both Android and iOS, and requires you to verify your number , enter a profile photo (optional) and allow the device access to contacts and photos. To specifically follow the steps of the procedure, follow my tutorial on how to set up WhatsApp.

Perfect: you’ve installed and configured WhatsApp, so you’re ready for your first group video call . On Android devices , after opening the app, move to the Calls tab at the top right, under the magnifying glass icon (you can press directly on the word Calls , or by dragging the screen twice to the left). After that, you have to press the green button with the handset , located at the bottom right of the screen; then tap on the word New group call , at the top.

Now you have to enter the call participants, which can be selected from your contact list . You can search for them manually by browsing the list, or you can search for them by pressing on the magnifying glass located at the top right of the screen, typing their name. After finding the contacts you are interested in, all you have to do is click on them: a small green check will appear next to their profile photo.

Then press, at the top, on the green button with the camera and your group video call will be forwarded immediately to the selected contacts. As soon as they respond, you can start seeing and talking.

On the iPhone the procedure is very similar. After opening the application, tap the Calls button , represented by a handset icon (bottom left). Then press the blue handset button located at the top right and the contact list will open : press the New group call item , select the names you want to involve in the call and, to conclude, press the camera button : the your video call will start in no time.

You can also participate in a missed video call down in progress: go to the CALLS tab of WhatsApp, select the call of your interest and press the Join button .

How to make a group video call with Skype

Skype logo

Unlike WhatsApp, Skype , the famous application for calls and video calls from Microsoft, can also be used on a PC: all you need is a webcam and, if desired, a microphone connected to it. If you own a laptop , you will most likely already have these devices, which are built into the PC. Conversely, you will have to buy them: you can follow my guide to the best webcam, or the guide to the best headphones (which often also have a microphone).

I point out that Skype allows you to make calls with a maximum number of 50 users . The connection speed required is 512 kbps in download and 128 kbps in upload with three participants: the limits rise as the number of participants increases.

From smartphones and tablets

Skype per smartphone e tablet

To download Skype on smartphones and tablets , the procedure to follow is identical to that performed for WhatsApp .

After completing the download and installation, press the Skype icon on the Home screen or in the app menu to open the application. Then press the Start button at the bottom of the screen that is proposed to you, then click Log in or create account and you will be redirected to the login page, where you can enter your Microsoft account credentials or you can create one by pressing on the appropriate item and following the on-screen indications.

After entering your email, press the blue Next button , then enter your password and press the Next button again . The app will suggest you to easily find your most frequent contacts: you can decide whether to continue in this way, by pressing the Continue button , or avoid by pressing the Ignore key at the top right. Also grant all the permissions necessary for the app to function (contacts, room and so on).

Once logged in, press the video camera icon at the top right. This will open the Meeting screen , where you will have to tap the blue Continue button . If you want, you can give the meeting a name .

However, the most important step is to share the meeting link with your contacts, which you can do in several ways. The first allows you to copy the link (by tapping the Copy link button ) and paste it in your contacts’ chat, on any other communication program or app. You can also click on Share to forward it directly, without making any copy / paste.

Alternatively, you can press the Skype Contacts button to directly select the contacts with whom you want to start the group video call. All you have to do is check them one by one and tap on Done , at the top right. The process is complete: press the blue Start meeting button at the bottom of the screen to open the group video call.

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Skype per PC

To download Skype on PC , if you don’t have it yet, you have to go to the official website of the program using any browser. Then select your operating system on the blue Download Skype for xx button (using the appropriate arrow) and wait for the download to finish.

After downloading the Skype installation package, if you use Windows , open the .exe file you just obtained and press the Yes button , to confirm the installation authorization, then click Install , to complete the setup. If you are using a Mac , on the other hand, open the .dmg file obtained and drag the program icon into the Applications folder , and then open it.

When Skype starts, press the Sign in or create account button , then enter your Microsoft account details.
You can decide whether to insert your profile picture and, by continuing with the procedure, you will be able to check the audio and video, as well as find your frequent contacts. Once you arrive at the Skype start page, you will be ready for your first group video call.

Then press the Meeting button (the one with the video camera icon), which you can find at the top left, then click Organize a meeting : at this point you can copy and paste the link to external contacts, or select the names of the participants directly from the list of your contacts, by pressing on Skype Contacts .

When you’re ready, all you have to do is press the blue Start Meeting button at the bottom to start the video call.

If you don’t want to waste time installing Skype on your computer, I inform you that by connecting to this page from a compatible browser (eg Chrome or Edge ), you can start video calls without subscriptions and program downloads. Everything is done directly from the Web!

How to make a group video call on Messenger

Messenger

Messenger , the famous Facebook messaging platform, is excellent for group video calls, thanks to its Rooms function , which can accommodate up to 50 users . The requirement is to have a Facebook account and an average fast connection.

From smartphones and tablets

How to make a video call on Messenger from smartphones and tablets

From smartphones and tablets, after installing the app for Android or iPhone / iPad following the same procedure already illustrated for WhatsApp , you must start it, log in and press the Create room button , at the top left.

At this point, click on Who can log in automatically? and decide if you want to make the room public or restricted to your guests. Once this is done, click on Create room at the bottom. If you have selected the private room, you can click on the Invite option , next to each contact you want to invite, or at the top, on Copy and share this link , to forward it externally.

The guests will then be able to participate in the video chat simply by using the link in question.

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How to make a video call on Messenger for PC

On PC it is not necessary to download any dedicated Messenger program. Just connect to Facebook from any supported browser (eg Chrome ), log into your account and press the Create room button , which you can find in the Rooms section of the home, just below the stories and the “What are you thinking about “.

At this point, the procedure is very similar, if not identical, to what has already been seen on smartphones and tablets. In fact, you can select the privacy of your room by clicking on Who can access? , or invite specific friends by pressing on the appropriate item. You can also set the start time .

When you are ready, click on the Create Room button and the video call will start.

Other solutions for making group video calls

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If you have not found satisfactory the solutions I have proposed so far, or if for any reason you prefer to go elsewhere, I will list you the alternative solutions to make a group video call from mobile and computer.

  • Zoom ( Android / iOS / iPadOS / PC ) – widely used app, which has seen its most frequent use in distance learning and business meetings. However, it can also be freely used for a video call in the company of friends. More info here.
  • Google Duo ( Android / iOS / iPadOS / PC ) – another very widespread and well-made app, included by the Google giant in its suite of productivity applications. On Android and iOS / iPadOS it has a dedicated app, while on PC it does not have a separate program, but only the website, which can be accessed with your Google credentials. More info here.
  • Instagram ( Android / iOS ) – if you are a regular user of smartphones or tablets and you love social networks, you can’t not subscribe to Instagram and use it to video call your friends. The only limit is represented by the maximum number of users who can participate, or 6 in total, a number not too high but still satisfactory for most users. More info here