The best video call apps to keep you socialising while self-isolating

Joanna Estrada
March 29, 2020

You just have to get a little creative with how you do it. Heres how to set up a virtual hangout on Zoom, which is just about the best virtual conferencing tool there is right now. In the basic version, it is possible to hold virtual meetings with up to 100 participants, while the most advanced offers video conferences of up to 250 people and only about 100 thousand interviews.

Houseparty is a video chat app that lets you spend time with people you care about.

Some video conferencing apps are free, while others cost money.

Another wonderful feature available on the app is the fact that people can participate in group games with each other whilst on the group call. So no matter wherever you go, you can stay connected with the people with the app from your iPhone or iPad.

To start the Houseparty with a game, tap the dice image in the top right, choose your game and then click this plus button in the top-right again to invite players into the room. Users can join a meeting or host a meeting with clear audio quality, screen sharing, changing background, chat options, and there are many other benefits that we are going to walk you through in this article.

There are a couple of ways to get the party started, but you will first need to head to the home screen.

You will then see a little plus sign in the top right corner. The business plan can host up to 300 people at a time and the enterprise plan can host up to 500 people. All the functionality of Free, but with the meeting time cap removed.

The Houseparty app has suddenly become hugely popular, dominating the download charts on both Google Play and the App Store due to the spike in coronavirus self-isolation across the globe. Unless you run a large company or are a frankly psychopathic control freak over the behaviour of your meetings attendees, its unlikely youll need this option. It also requires a minimum of ten hosts. You definitely dont need this. Zoom also allows you to record your meeting in the cloud, however, that option is paid.

If you havent done this already, the software will prompt you to make sure your speaker and microphone are working correctly. Can't you just go with that?

Although people can still ask to join, participants can choose to ignore them. Depending on your needs, you might be able to get them all covered for a very reasonable price.

While the meeting is in progress, as the host you can manage certain aspects to streamline the experience.

Capacity: You can add up to 32 people at the same time using Group FaceTime. It also can encrypt your conversations if you so choose. Most users prefer Gallery View, but by all means try both out.

If you're not in the mood to show the other person your face, you can use a screenshot of yourself in a Zoom meeting as your profile picture.

Zoom obviously does video calls like FaceTime, but that's not all. You can also contact the availability status. Outlook, Gmail and iCal support scheduling and starting meetings. So if you use Google calendar and want to send a meeting invite for a video call to someone else, it's as easy as just a few clicks.

If youre on mobile, its still easy to follow all of these steps the app contains all the same buttons and functions.

After this, you can also open the Google Play Store.

And there you have it!

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