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How to make a group video call

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How to make a group video call: Have you decided to do a “reunion” with some of your old school friends and, since you are scattered around the world, have you seen fit to organize everything with a group video call ? Good idea! If you are here, however, I bet it is because, given the numerous platforms with which it is possible to perform this operation, you do not know which one to choose. Did I guess? Well then know that you are in the right place!

In the next paragraphs of this tutorial, in fact, I will be able to show you how to make a group video call using free solutions (at least in their basic use) and, above all, within everyone’s reach. If, therefore, you do not consider yourself a great expert in terms of new technologies, you have no reason to fear: you will be able to complete your “business” without the slightest difficulty.

So, are you ready to get started? Yup? Perfect! Make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and, more importantly, try to implement the “tips” that I will give you. There is nothing left for me to do but wish you a good reading and, above all, a good group video call!

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How to make group video call Skype

Let’s start this discussion by seeing how to make a group video call with Skype , the Microsoft platform that allows you to manage up to 50 participants for each video call. I remind you that the minimum speed to make video calls with 3 participants is  512 kbps in download, while that in upload is 128 kbps (obviously the minimum speed required increases proportionally as the number of participants increases).

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To use Skype on smartphones and tablets , install the official app of the service on your Android  or iOS / iPadOS device  and log into your Microsoft account (if you haven’t already). Once logged in, tap the Calls button  at the bottom, scroll through the list of contacts and press the camera symbol to start a new video call with the contact in question.

To add new participants to the video call, tap the (…) button at the bottom right, select the Add people item in the menu that opens and select the contact you are interested in. Now you just have to wait for the people you have decided to include in the group video call to join.

Alternatively, you can act as follows: after tapping the Calls button at the bottom, press the camera symbol located at the top right and, in the screen that opens, tap the Share invitation button .

Then send the invitation link to the video call using one of the sharing options available and then go back to Skype; then presses the Start call button and wait for the participants you invited to enter the room.

For more information on how Skype works on your mobile, I refer you to reading the in-depth study that I have dedicated entirely to the subject.

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skype web

Now let’s see how to video call more people with Skype from the computer . In this case, it is possible to do this even without having created a Microsoft account and without having downloaded the client of the service: just act from one of the compatible browsers, namely  Chrome or Edge , and that’s it.

To take advantage of this possibility, go to  this page , click on the Create a free meeting button  and press the Start call button . Then click on the Join as guest button , grant the service access to the computer’s webcam and microphone using the appropriate switches and click the Start call button again .

Once this is done, invite the people you want to video call, sending them the link of the room created: to do so, click on the name of the room you have created (eg Immediate meeting ) at the top left), click on the item Share a link for let other users participate in the opened box, click on the Copy to clipboard button and send the link to the people of your interest. As participants join the video call, you will be able to interact with them.

If you are interested in using the full desktop version of Skype, I refer you to the deepening in which I explain in detail how to use Skype on PC. I’m sure it will help you.

How to make group video call with Messenger

If you have a Facebook account, you can make a group video call with Messenger using the Rooms function introduced in 2020, which allows you to manage up to a maximum of 50 participants .

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Messenger Rooms

To proceed from smartphone and tablet , access Messenger from its app for Android and iOS / iPadOS , press the People button at the bottom right, tap on the word Create a room located at the top, click on the Edit button located next to the wording Who can participate and decide whether to involve only people on Facebook or even those who have the link.

Now, tap on the blue Share link button , select one of the link sending methods (eg. Messages , Messenger , Mail , etc.) and send the link in question to the people of your interest: the people you sent the link to they can take part in the group call by simply clicking on it.

For more information on how Messenger Rooms works, I refer you to reading the in-depth study that I dedicated entirely to this Facebook function.

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Messenger Rooms computer

To proceed from a computer , instead, access Facebook from its main page , click on the Create button  immediately below the purple camera icon , define the activity of the room , who can access and the start time , using the appropriate buttons, and then click on the Create room , Send (to send the link I invite you to your Facebook contacts) and Finish buttons .

Then, copy the link that is shown to you on the screen, so that you can also send it to other people who are not registered on Facebook (or who are not among your friends), click on the Login button and that’s it. Now all you have to do is wait for the participants to join the group video call.

If you need additional information on how Messenger Rooms works, I suggest you take a look at the in-depth study I have dedicated entirely to this function on Facebook.

How to make WhatsApp group video call

WhatsApp group video call

If you want to make a group video call with more than 4 people , you can also use WhatsApp  which, to be precise, offers the possibility of managing up to 8 participants .

To proceed, start WhatsApp on your Android device  or your iPhone , tap on the Calls tab, tap on the handset icon with the (+) symbol next to it, tap on the New group call item , select the names you want include in the video call (you can select 7, since the maximum number of participants also includes the caller) and then press the camera symbol to start the call.

For more information on how to make group video calls on WhatsApp, I refer you to reading the in-depth analysis in which I explain how to use this function of the famous instant messaging platform.

How to make group video call on Instagram

Instagram videocall

If you are interested in making group video calls on Instagram , know that it is possible to do this by managing up to a maximum of 8 participants .

To proceed, access Instagram from its app for Android or iOS , press the house icon at the bottom left, tap on the airplane symbol at the top right (on Android) or at the bottom right (on iOS ), search for one of the users you want to video call using the search bar at the top and then press on his name.

Then press the camera icon at the top right and wait for the user to answer the call. To insert new participants, press the Add button , identify the other people you want to insert in the video call and press the blue  Add button next to their names. More info here.

Alternatively, on Instagram , you can start direct by inviting other people, as this feature supports up to a maximum of 4 participants .

Therefore, to do this, press on the camera icon located on the main screen of the Instagram app , in order to start the tool for creating stories. At this point, press on the word Live located at the bottom and wait for the connection to take place.

Live Instagram

Then, to invite people, click on the camera icon located at the bottom and, using the search engine, type the names of the people to invite, choosing from your viewers or from your followers. Once this is done, to send the request, click on the Invite button : the people invited must, therefore, accept the request, to become part of your live stream.

How to make a group video call on Duo

Duo video call

Now let ‘s see how to make a group video call on Duo , the Google platform that allows you to make video calls up to a maximum of 12 participants .

First of all, start the Duo app on your  Android or iOS / iPadOS device and, if you have not already done so, follow the instructions that appear on the screen to configure your account: just provide the phone number and the verification code that you receive via SMS in the appropriate text fields (in this other guide I explained how to proceed better).

Then, press the Create group button , select the participants to include in the video call, press the End button and start the call using the appropriate button at the bottom of the screen. You just have to wait for the response from the participants you sent.

Google Duo is also available in  a Web version ; however, at the time of writing, it seems to allow only single video calls and not group video calls.

How to make group video call on Zoom

Now I want to talk to you about Zoom , which allows you to create videoconferences up to a maximum of 1,000 participants (in the Enteprirse version, which starts at € 18.99 / month). The free version allows you to manage up to 100 users , but conferences can have a maximum duration of 40 minutes (to reduce the limit you must subscribe to one of the paid plans  among those available).

As for the connection requirements needed to start group video conferences, a speed of 800 kbps upload and 1 Mbps download is required .

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Zoom mobile

To proceed from  smartphone and tablet , log in to your Zoom account from its app for Android or iOS / iPadOS  (if you have not yet installed the app and created your account, you will find out how to do it in this other guide) and tap on the Orange  New Meeting button located at the top left.

Then, move the switch located next to  Video On to ON and press the  Start a Meeting button to start the videoconference. If you have not already done so, remember to grant the app permissions to access the camera and microphone of the device.

At this point, all you have to do is invite other people to participate in the videoconference: to do this, tap the Participants button (if you don’t see it, just tap anywhere on the screen), press the  Invite button located at the bottom, copy the link using the appropriate button and then forward it to the people of your interest via email, SMS or as you prefer.

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Zoom desktop

To proceed from a  computer , log into your Zoom account from its desktop application (if you have not yet installed it and / or if you have not yet created your account, you will find out how to do it in this other guide) and click on the orange button  New Meeting at the top left.

After registering and logging into your Zoom account, click on the Continue button , press the  New Meeting button at the top left and grant the program permission to access your PC’s webcam and microphone. Next, click on the  Join With Computer Audio button .

At this point, the conference has started and you are ready to invite other users to join. To do this, click on the Participants button and, in the window that appears on the right, click first on the Invite button and then on the Email tab   (top right).

Now, you just have to choose how to send the invitation (eg.  Gmail , Yahoo Mail , etc.) or, if you prefer, click on the  Copy URL item  at the bottom left and send the link to participate in the video conference as usual. you prefer (eg WhatsApp Web , Telegram Web , Facebook Messenger and so on).

How to make group video call on FaceTime

I conclude the guide by explaining how to make a group video call on FaceTime . This is an application available on all Apple devices that, starting with iOS 12.1.4 and macOS Mojave 10.14.3 , supports unlimited calls up to a maximum of 32 people . It is also possible to take part in group video calls via the web , using Chrome or Edge , after receiving an invitation link from the video call organizer (from the web version it is only possible to take part in a video call that has already started, it is not possible to start it its own).

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FaceTime Web

Let’s see how you can take advantage of FaceTime from smartphones and tablets . First, let’s see how to activate the service on iPhone / iPad and make a group video call through its official app. After that I will explain how to invite other users and take part in a video call also acting from its web version.

First, go to the  settings of your iPhone or iPad, by tapping on the gray icon with gears  on the Home screen or in the App Library, tap on the FaceTime item and make sure that the lever you see on the screen is set to ON  ( otherwise you do it).

Now, to start a group video call, open FaceTime , tap the New FaceTime call button  located at the top right, enter the name , email address or phone number of the people to contact in the appropriate text field or press the button (+) to select them from the address book. After selecting the users you want to add in the group video call, press the FaceTime button to start the video call.

If you are working from a device equipped with iOS 15 (or later) you can invite other people to take part in the video call also via a link, which they can also open on Android or Windows devices using the Chrome and Edge browsers.

To do this, click on the  Create link button  (on the main screen of the app) and share it using one of the available options (eg.  Mail , WhatsApp , etc.). To participate in the videocall, the people who invite must click on the  link , type their  name in the text field displayed on the opened Web page and tap on the  Continue and Join buttons . You, for your part, must accept the requests to participate by pressing the wording  [N] person / s waiting in the notification that appears on the screen and then tap the button (✓) . More info here.

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FaceTime

FaceTime can also be used on a computer . From the Mac it is possible to start a video call and take part in it (if you are invited by another user); from a Windows PC, on the other hand, it is only possible to take part in a video call to which you have been invited via a link, using the web version of FaceTime for Chrome / Edge.

To start a FaceTime video call all you have to do is open the application on your Mac, type in the text field (top left) the name , email address or mobile number of the people to contact (separating them from the comma) and, finally, click on the icon on the Video button  located in the left sidebar to start the videocall.

If you are working from a PC and want to take part in a video conference to which you have been invited via a link , you simply have to open the latter with Chrome or Edge , type your name in the appropriate text field and then click on the Continue buttons and Participate .

For more information on how FaceTime works, take a look at the guide I dedicated to Apple’s application.