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Can You FaceTime On Android?

Posted by Brad on April 30, 2019

FaceTime on iPhone and iPad after its inception quickly became one of the most popular modes for communicating. You could easily contact anyone with an iPhone or iPad, streaming a video feed of yourself — or whatever your camera is pointed at, really — to them, and you likewise can see a live feed of what they’re doing. This generally enables digital face-to-face conversations — thus the term “FaceTime” — and is often preferred over text or a standard phone call.

However, FaceTime has been something that was exclusive to iOS users, leaving Android users without a similar method of “live” communication. Luckily, in recent years, that’s changed, as Google focuses on making communication more seamless. So, if you’re wondering how you can do something similar to FaceTime on Android, follow along below, and we’ll show you how.

Everyone else

Also owned by Facebook, we have WhatsApp Messenger. WhatsApp Messenger has been around a long time, easily acquiring well over a hundreds of millions of users with over a billion in downloads. Like Facebook Messenger, you can use the platform to text with people, but WhatsApp also has a robust video calling feature.

In fact, in the latest update to the app, it’s easier than ever to make video calls and group video calls. Here’s what it says, straight from the change log:

“It’s now easier to start group voice and video calls. Just tap the call button in groups or select “New group call” when starting a new call in the calls tab. Group calls support up to 4 participants.”

Starting a video or audio chat is easy. Just like Facebook Messenger, search for or tap on the person that you want to chat with. This will take you to your chat message history with that person. When you want to video call someone, you can press the video button at the top-right corner. When you want to simply call someone over audio, just press the phone button at the top-right corner.

Creating a group call is easy as well. On the home page, you can select the New Message button, select “New Group”, add the four people you want in it, and then you can press the video button at the top-right corner of the screen. This will ring those four contacts’ phones, and they’ll have the choice to answer or pick up.

In the same vein, you can just go to the Calls tab, and click on the New Call button at the top-right corner of the page. The nice thing about WhatsApp is that it’s cross-platform, allowing you to video call with iOS and Android users alike.

There are plenty of other video call apps on the Google Play Store, but these three are the best, most reliable, and well-supported. Most other ones are choppy, and it’s insanely difficult getting all of your friends and family onto a single obscure app just to video chat, especially when people are already using apps like WhatsApp, Google Duo, and Facebook Messenger with that video chat support already built-in.

Do you have a favorite app that you use to video call friends and family on Android? Let us know in the comments section below!

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