How to make free Internet calls: Between calls and SMS, your mobile phone credit runs out every month a little too quickly and, for this reason, you are looking for alternative solutions that allow you to keep in touch with your friends without spending too much. How do you say? Are things really like this? Don’t tell me you weren’t aware of the fact that you can make free calls over the Internet ! Don’t panic; now I’m here and I’m ready to talk to you about using applications that will revolutionize the way you communicate.
In the course of this tutorial, in fact, I will show you in detail the procedures useful for making free calls or video calls over the Internet, using some applications available for Windows and macOS, but also on Android and iOS. I am referring to very famous tools such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, but also to lesser known applications, such as Viber or Google Duo.
How do you say? Does the topic intrigue you and you can’t wait to find out more? I imagine! All you need to follow the instructions in this guide of mine is a few minutes of free time. Sit comfortably in front of the computer or pick up the device you intend to use to call your friends, follow the instructions I am about to give you step by step and you will see that you will no longer be able to do without these applications. Let it bet? I wish you a good reading and a lot of fun.
WhatsApp (Android / iOS)
WhatsApp is one of the most famous and used messaging applications in the world. It is available for free download on Android and iOS and can be used to send text, multimedia and voice messages to individual users or groups of people, but also to make free calls and video calls over the Internet (both in Wi-Fi and in 3G / 4G) to all those who use the application.
To use WhatsApp , first download the application from the Play Store on Android or from the App Store for iOS (if you don’t know how, read my tutorial where I explain how to proceed). Then log in using your phone number (in this other guide of mine I explained the steps to follow) and then, from the main screen ( Chat ), locate the person with whom you want to get in touch, by tapping on the his name.
Now, press on the handset icon (to start a voice call) or on the video camera icon (to make a video call) and then wait for the call to start, in order to get in touch with the person you want.
Once connected, in the event of a video call, choose whether to use the front or rear camera of the device: just tap on the camera symbol . To change the microphone, on the other hand, presses the button that represents it. To hang up, press the button with a handset symbol .
Facebook Messenger (Android / iOS / Online)
Another useful tool to make free Internet calls is Facebook Messenger, an application for Android and iOS and a Facebook online service that is used to keep in touch with the users of the social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook Messenger is used for sending text or multimedia messages to individual contacts or in group chats, but it is also useful for making calls or video calls. These are carried out free of charge over the Internet and to users who use the application or the web version of the service.
To make a voice call via Facebook Messenger for Android or iOS, download the app from the reference virtual store of your device and log in using your phone number or Facebook account .
The procedures to perform to make a call over the Internet are exactly the same both from Android and from iOS. Then identify the user with whom you want to get in touch via the main screen called Home (it is the one with the symbol of a house ) or through the People section ( the icon of two men ) and tap on his name .
Now, press on the handset symbol to make a voice call or on a video camera to start a video call. Once the telephone contact has been initiated, use the speaker icon to put the speakerphone on, the button with the microphone symbol to activate or deactivate the same and also the one with the icon of a video camera , for activation or turning off the camera. To hang up, press the button with a red and white handset symbol .
Alternatively, connect to the official Facebook Messenger website from your computer browser, in order to make a phone call without the distractions of the Facebook newsfeed . You can also press the button with a cartoon symbol from the top bar of Facebook , if you want to make a call directly from the main social network.
Then locate the person with whom you want to get in touch and, once you click on their name, press the button with the symbol of a handset or the one that has a video camera , to make a voice call or a video call respectively.
In both cases, with the contact started, you can use the button with the symbol of a video camera (used to deactivate or activate the webcam), the icon with the symbol of a microphone (to change the audio); while to hang up the phone call, press on the one with the handset symbol .
Skype (Android / iOS / Windows / macOS)
One of the most popular applications for the ability to make calls or video calls over the Internet, both in Wi-Fi and 3G / 4G, is definitely Skype , the historic multi-platform VoIP service now owned by Microsoft.
Calls made via Skype can be of two types: free ones, which are made from Skype to Skype , and paid calls that can be forwarded to national and international numbers, to landlines and mobile numbers, upon the purchase of virtual credit (with prices starting from € 3.66 per month).
The operation of Skype is, in principle, the same on all major platforms where it is present. Download and install the application on the device you intend to use (for example Android or iOS , Windows or macOS ) and log in, using the Microsoft account you have (I explained how to proceed in this guide).
When the application is started, locate the person you want to get in touch with from the main screen and tap their name. This section, in the desktop application has the symbol of a house , while it is called Chat on Android and iOS. To start a video call or a voice call, press the button with the symbol of a video camera or the one with the icon of a handset respectively .
Using Skype on Windows or macOS , once connected, you can see different buttons on the screen: the most useful ones are the camera symbol (used to activate or deactivate the video stream) and the one with a microphone symbol , which deactivates or activate the audio of the call. In addition, there is the (+) button which is used for quick access to the shortcut menu.
The most important functions are represented by the items Send files (Windows / macOS) / Add photos (Android / iOS), useful for sharing attachments or multimedia files, Send contacts (used to quickly send a contact in the conversation, during the call), Share screens or Share system sounds . The latter two terms are useful for providing or receiving assistance and are not present in the application for Android or iOS .
For more information on how Skype works and the prices of paid calling subscriptions, I refer you to reading my dedicated guide.
FaceTime (iOS / macOS)
Another noteworthy tool you can use to make free calls and video calls over the Internet is FaceTime , a free service that is available for iOS devices (iPhone 4 and later, iPod Touch 4th generation onwards, iPad 2 and later). on macOS (macOS Lion or later) and even on Apple Watch.
This tool can only be used to make calls to another supported iOS device, but both participants in the call must have previously activated the service. In this regard, I refer you to reading my guide dedicated to the subject.
Once all the preliminary activation operations have been carried out, start the FaceTime application by tapping its icon located on the main screen of your device (it is green and has a white video camera symbol ). Then, use the text field above and type the name, email address or phone number of the person you want to get in touch with.
Now, tap on his name and, to start a voice call, press the button with the handset symbol ; if you want to start a video call, press the icon with a video camera symbol .
In the first case, the FaceTime screen will be exactly the same as the one you see when you make a normal call; the only difference will be the FaceTime Audio wording at the top.
In the case of a voice call, however, you can choose whether to use the front or rear camera, by pressing on a camera symbol . During a call, you can obviously change the microphone by pressing the respective button. To hang up the call, tap the one with the handset symbol instead .
The operation of FaceTime on macOS computers is exactly identical to the application for iOS devices; in fact, you just need to start the app from the Dock bar and get in touch with the person to call, typing his name or email address and then following the instructions I gave you in the previous lines.
Other free calling apps
The ones I’ve told you about so far are just some of the more popular messaging tools meant to be used for making calls or video calls, but there are others. I’ll tell you briefly about other applications worthy of mention in the following lines.
- Viber ( Android / iOS ) – is another popular instant messaging application that supports the ability to make free calls and video calls over the Internet. To find out more about how it works, read my dedicated guide.
- Instagram ( Android / iOS ) – the application of the Facebook photo social network allows you to make voice and video calls (free via the Internet to other users of the platform), through the message sending tool that is integrated. To learn more about how it works, read the guide dedicated to this application.
- Telegram ( Android / iOS ) – is another famous application dedicated to instant messaging that offers the possibility of making free calls over the Internet to other users of the platform. For its use, I refer you to my specific guide.
- Google Duo ( Android / iOS ) – is an application developed by Google intended to be used exclusively for making free video calls over the Internet to other users who use this tool.