You can use free calling apps to make calls and send messages, but they don’t compare to seeing the faces of your loved ones virtually. While most iPhone users can quickly connect to a FaceTime video call, it’s not the same for Android users. There’s no FaceTime for Android, meaning you’ll have to find other video calling apps that include Android and iPhone users.
Fortunately, there are several cross-platform video chat apps that you can use to connect with family and friends in this age of social distancing. Many of the FaceTime alternatives for Android on our list offer video chat and instant messaging, as well as numerous other features.
Zoom Cloud Meetings (iOS, Android)
Zoom is one of the most popular video conferencing software used for personal or professional meetings. The app is easy to use, offers a generous free account, and is available for both Android and iPhone users.
A desktop version is available that is ideal for business meetings and offers features such as annotations and screen sharing.
You can host a one-on-one meeting with a friend, a webinar for up to 10,000 participants, or create group meeting rooms at the same time.
The free version of the app is perfect for one-on-one video chats, but if you add three participants, you’re limited to a 40-minute call. Upgrading to premium versions removes time limits and you can add more members.
Just remember to lock your meetings with a password so you can stop Zoom-bombers from flooding your video chat with spam or other objectionable content.
Skype is also ideal for business and personal video calls between Android and iPhone users. Like Zoom, it’s also easy to use and has features that let you share your screen, host up to 50 participants, and record Skype calls.
The program, owned by Microsoft, costs nothing initially and works on various platforms. You can also use Skype to call landline and mobile numbers, send text messages, and drop photos, videos, your location, and other files into a conversation.
A Basic Skype account allows you to video chat with one person or a group for free without restrictions.
Facebook Messenger (iOS, Android)
With at least two billion people using Facebook, Messenger provides a convenient way to make video calls between Android and iPhone users. It is the perfect FaceTime alternative on Android.
The built-in video chat feature lets you make free calls over Wi-Fi, use Snapchat filters, draw pictures on your videos, and send private email-like messages to friends.
Messenger is easy to use and you can connect with as many of your contacts and friends as possible through it. You can even watch movies and TV shows together with help Watch together function.
Similar to Skype, you can video chat with up to 50 people in Messenger at the same time. That’s more than FaceTime’s maximum of 32 people.
WhatsApp is popular because it’s easy to join with your phone number, and your loved ones probably already use it.
The cross-platform video calling solution offers end-to-end encryption and supports video chats with up to 50 people using the Messenger Rooms feature. You can make voice calls, share documents, photos, audio files, and your location.
Google Duo comes standard with most Android devices.
The application is easy to use in a web browser or on a computer and mobile device. In addition to chatting with 32 people during a group video call, you can leave a video message if the person you’re calling doesn’t answer.
Duo is simple, reliable and offers high-quality video calls so you can communicate with loved ones without interruption. You can also join calls or share your video calls with just a link, draw on video calls, take photos of video calls, add AR effects to video calls, or create fun masks in family mode.
You can also use Knock-knock feature to turn on your caller’s camera before answering the call and see who is calling. However, this feature only works with those already in your contact list, but you can still turn it off if you don’t like it.
Discord is a free app originally created for gamers to help them chat and chat virtually.
The app includes text, voice, and video chat features that anyone can use to chat or play with others. You can also use Go live built-in screen streaming service to a group of up to 25 users.
Discord works with web browsers, but you can download the mobile app and make individual or group video calls.
If you want more exclusive and safe places to connect with loved ones, Discord is worth considering.
Viber isn’t as popular as the other apps we’ve listed above, but it’s a great messaging app.
The app offers an easy-to-use interface, good cross-platform support, and you can use it for text, voice, and seamless video calls of up to 20 people in one call.
Alternatively, you can use Viber Out call or text function to real phone numbers. A built-in community feature is included if you want to connect with like-minded people and discuss topics based on your interests.
Viber also offers end-to-end encryption for your chats and calls, secret chats that let you set up self-destructing messages, and chat extensions to liven up your conversations.
The main disadvantage of Viber is that it is not as popular as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, so you may not find all your contacts there. Also, it doesn’t offer the most modern design and you have to pay to use the Viber Out feature.
Stay connected remotely
If you can’t meet with loved ones or colleagues in person, there are countless video calling apps designed to keep you in touch. However, not all such programs allow you to communicate with users of other operating systems.
Whether you want to catch up with a friend or have a business meeting with clients, any of these seven video calling apps will let you call someone from your Android phone to your iPhone.
What is your favorite video calling app for Android and iPhone? Do you know of any other FaceTime alternatives for Android? Share with us in the comments.