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How to make free video calls

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How to make free video calls: After moving abroad for work reasons, you settled in your new home and immediately requested the activation of the Internet connection to get in touch with your loved ones, without making phone calls and spending big bucks. However, having never needed it before, you have no idea which tools to use to make free video calls and, for this reason, you would like my help to succeed. If that’s the case, let me tell you that you’ve come to the right place at the right time!

With today’s guide, in fact, I will explain how to video call for free using your Internet connection and using some of the best applications suitable for this purpose for smartphones, tablets and computers: with the latter you can not only exchange messages without spending a cent, but you can also call and video call the contacts of your interest as often as you want and wherever you are, as long as the people to call are also connected to the Internet and, in turn, have installed the same application on their device. Interesting, right?

If you agree, let’s not waste any more time chatting and get straight to action. Come on, make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and read the next paragraphs carefully. Identify the video calling solution that best suits your needs, try to put into practice the instructions I am about to give you and I am sure that, in no time at all, you will be able to get in touch and see the people you care about on video. Enjoy the reading!

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Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is a valid solution for free video calling  from devices equipped with Android and iOS and from computers. However, to send private messages, make calls and video calls, it is necessary to have an active Internet connection and, above all, it is essential that the person to be contacted has a Facebook account or has in turn downloaded Messenger.

To make a video call with Messenger from a smartphone or tablet, start the app by tapping its icon (the  blue cloud on a white background ) on the home screen. If the latter is not yet installed on your device, my guide on how to download Messenger may be useful.

Now, if the Facebook app is also installed on your device and you are logged in to your account, tap the Continue button as [name] , otherwise press the Login with Facebook button and enter your login details in the Email or phone number or Password fields . If, on the other hand, you do not have a Facebook account, select the item Continue with the phone number , enter your phone number in the appropriate field and press the Continue button . For the detailed procedure, I leave you to my guide on how Messenger works without Facebook.

After logging in to Messenger, press the Activate button to find your telephone contacts and tap the Allow button to allow Messenger to access your contacts. Now, identify the person you want to call by writing their name in the Search field , access the chat of the contact of your interest by tapping on their photo and press the camera icon at the top right to start the video call. If you have not already done so, press the Allow button to allow Messenger to use the microphone and camera of your device. To learn more, you can read my tutorial on how to make video calls with Facebook.

If, on the other hand, you want to make a video call from a computer, connect to the main Facebook page and, if you have not already done so, log in to your account (in case of problems, my guide on how to access Facebook may be useful). Now, click on the Messenger item in the left sidebar, write the name of the person to call in the Search field and press on his photo .

In the new page opened, click on the video camera icon at the top right, allow Messenger to use the microphone and webcam of your computer and wait for the response from the person you are video calling.

Skype

If you are wondering if it is possible to make free video calls with Skype , the answer is yes. All you need, besides an Internet connection, is a Microsoft account, the application for Android and iPhone / iPad devices , or the software for your computer .

To make a video call with Skype from smartphones and tablets, start the application in question by tapping its icon (the “S” on a light blue background ) on the home screen of your device. If you have not already done so, then log in to your account by pressing the Start  and  Login buttons or create account , entering the login data in the  Email, telephone or Skype  and  Password fields  and pressing the  Login button . If, on the other hand, you are reading this guide for information and do not have an account yet, you may find my tutorial on how to create a Microsoft account useful.

At the first start of the application, allow it to access your contacts and use the microphone and camera of your device by pressing the Continue and OK buttons , then tap on the Calls item and write the name of the person to call in the People, groups and messages field . Then press on the photo of the contact you are interested in and, in the new screen displayed, tap on the video camera icon to start the video call.

To video call on Skype from your computer , start the software in question and, if you have not set up automatic access, log in to your account by entering the data in the Email, telephone or Skype and Password fields . If, on the other hand, you haven’t downloaded and installed Skype on your computer yet, you can follow the directions I gave you in my guide on how to download Skype for free.

Now, write the name of the person you want to call in the People, groups and messages field , click on their photo and, in the new screen displayed, press the camera icon to start the call. If you haven’t already, allow Skype to use your computer’s microphone and webcam.

If you prefer to video call on Skype from your computer without installing any software, you will be happy to know that you can use the Web version of the famous messaging program (compatible with some of the major Internet browsers, such as Chrome ). To proceed, connected to the Skype website , click on the Sign in button at the top right and select the Use Skype Online option from the menu that appears. Then enter your login details in the Email, telephone and Skype and Password fields and press the Login button .

Now, type the name of the person you are interested in in the Search Skype field , click on their name and, in the new screen that appears, click on the video camera icon at the top right to start the video call. To learn more, I leave you to my guides on how to video call with Skype and how Skype works.

WhatsApp

Among the solutions that you can consider for free video calling there is also  WhatsApp . The famous messaging application for Android and iOS devices also allows you to make calls and video calls via your Internet connection to the contacts who, in turn, have installed the app.

To video call with WhatsApp, download the application from the store of your device as I indicated in my guide on how to download WhatsApp. If you haven’t done so yet, press the  Accept and continue button , enter your phone number in the appropriate field, tap the Yes button and enter the 6-digit verification code received via SMS to verify your identity and complete the registration.

You are now ready to make free video calls with your smartphone or tablet. Then select the Calls item , tap on the handset icon , locate the contact of your interest and press the video camera icon  to start the video call. Alternatively, if you have recently chatted with the contact you want to call, tap on the Chat item , tap on the photo of the person of your interest and tap on the  video camera icon . To learn more, I leave you to my guides on how to video call on WhatsApp and how WhatsApp works.

As you well know, WhatsApp is also available for computers and, therefore, you will surely be interested to know that the possibility of making voice and / or video calls has also been implemented in the version of WhatsApp for PC. In fact, once the QR code has been scanned, you can start a chat with a contact and press on the handset or video camera icon , to make a call or a video call, respectively, using the WhatsApp client for desktop or its application for Windows and macOS . At the moment, however, this tool is not available on WhatsApp Web.

Telegram

Telegram

Considered by many to be the best alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram is a popular messaging application available for both smartphones and tablets and PCs. On mobile, starting from August 2020, it also supports video calls: a function that, however, at least for the moment, only concerns conversations between two people and not group ones.

To start a video call on Telegram, start the official app of the service for Android or iPhone / iPad and select the contact of your interest. Then press on his name located at the top of the screen that has opened and press on the video camera icon .

Google Duo

Google Duo is the Google application dedicated to Internet calls and video calls, installed as “standard” on devices equipped with Android and also available for iPhone and iPad . The special feature of this free app is the ability to view a video preview of the calling person.

To make a video call with Google Duo, start the application by tapping its icon (a white video camera on a blue background ), press the Accept button , enter your phone number in the appropriate field and type the verification code received via SMS to verify your identity and log into Duo.

Subsequently, if you want to associate your Google account, tap on the three dots icon at the top right, select the Settings item, choose the Account option and press the Add account button under the Google Account item .

You are now ready to make your first video call with Google Duo. On the main screen of the app, make sure the camera icon is selected and enter the name of the contact to call in the Search contacts field : if the latter appears in the Connect to Duo list , it means that you can start the video call by tapping on his photo .

If, on the other hand, the word Invite appears next to the name of the person you intend to video call , it means that the person is not using Google Duo. In this case, press the Invite button to send, via SMS, email, WhatsApp etc., an invitation containing the Duo download link.

FaceTime

If you have an iPhone or iPad, FaceTime is one of the best free video calling solutions. The application is installed “as standard” on all devices of the “bitten apple” and allows both to call and video call people in possession of an Apple device with FaceTime configured. You can also invite other users to join a FaceTime conference via the web version of the service, which is also available for Windows and Android (as long as you’re using the most up-to-date version of Chrome or Edge).

Before you can make a video call with FaceTime, make sure FaceTime is turned on. To do this, take your device, access the iOS Settings by tapping on the gear wheel icon  on the home screen, press the FaceTime item and move the lever next to the FaceTime option from OFF to ON (you may be charged for the cost of an international SMS, usually € 0.30). To learn more, you can read my guide on how to activate FaceTime.

Now, take your device, tap on the FaceTime icon (the white video camera on a green background ), press the + button at the top right, type the name or phone number of the person to video call in the  To: field and press on the Video button to start the video call.

If the device from which you want to start the video call is updated to iOS 15 (or a later version), you can also create a link that, if opened via Chrome or Edge by the person you want to invite to the call, allows you to join the conference via Web.

To create the FaceTime link, first press the  Create link button on  the main application screen and share it through one of the options available (eg Mail , WhatsApp , Telegram , etc.). By pressing on the link  the user who is invited will find himself in front of a Web page where he will have to enter his  name in the appropriate text field and then tap on the  Continue and Join buttons .

By doing so you can accept the user in question by pressing on the wording  [N] person / s waiting in the notice that appeared on the screen and finally pressing the button  (✓) .

FaceTime Web

It will be useful to know that, if you have a Mac , you can use FaceTime on it too. Then click on the FaceTime icon in the Dock bar (if it is not present, click on the magnifying glass icon at the top right and write FaceTime in the Spotlight Search field ), select the FaceTime item at the top left in the menu bar and choose the Preferences option from the menu that appears.

In the new window that has opened, put the check mark next to the item Enable this account  and select the contact details with which you want to make yourself traceable by other visible users, placing the check mark next to the options of your interest in the section  You can receive FaceTime calls on .

Once the FaceTime activation on your Mac is complete, go back to the main application screen, enter the name or phone number of the person of your interest in the Enter name, email or number field , select the contact to call and press the Video button to start the video call. To find out more, I leave you to my guide on how FaceTime works.

Other solutions for free video calling

In addition to the applications that I have indicated in the previous paragraphs, you must know that there are other solutions for free video calling . Here are some that might be right for you.

  • Viber ( Android / iOS ) : is an application ( also available for computers ) mainly dedicated to instant messaging that also integrates call and video call functions. To learn more, you can read my guide on how Viber works.
  • Instagram ( Android / iOS ) : the famous photographic social network, in addition to allowing the sending of private messages, has introduced the possibility of making free calls and video calls to contacts who, in turn, use Instagram. I leave you to my guide on how Instagram works to learn more about the topic.
  • Hangouts ( Android / iOS ) : like Duo, it is an application owned by Google that allows you to send messages and make calls and video calls (including group) over the Internet. Furthermore, it is also possible to use Hangouts from a computer by connecting to its official website . To discover its features, you can read my in-depth guide.
  • Discord ( Android / iOS ) : is a messaging application mainly used by fans of online video games. Among its features, it also allows you to make calls and video calls to other users subscribed to the service. It is also accessible from a computer: for more information, connect to the official Discord website .