Group video calls are not fun if you don’t have the whole gang with you. Today, when most the world stays inside, it is essential to have a video conferencing application that allows you to speak to all your loved ones at the same time, if possible. The other day, I was trying to add my college gang to a WhatsApp group call, and that’s when I thought about its limitation. Fortunately, some apps allow you to add more than four people to a single video call.
And the good thing is that these apps are not limited to 4 or 6 people. Some Android and iOS apps allow you to chat with up to 25 people at a time.
So if you think 20 isn’t a crowd, here are some of the best Android and iOS video conferencing apps that let you make video calls with multiple people.
1. Skype (50 participants)
Do you have a large group? If so, you may want to try Skype (see Skype vs. Skype Lite). This Microsoft application allows you to make calls with up to 50 people. While 50 participants may be too many for casual users, you can at least be assured that you won’t see the “outdated users” message anytime soon. Also, you’d better have a big screen to accommodate them all.
The best part is that you can call on any device, be it a phone, laptop or tablet.
To make a call, go to the Call page and tap the New Call icon. Select the people you want to add to the group and press the video button. Yes, as simple as that.
2. FaceTime (32 participants)
The only limitation of FaceTime is that it is exclusive to iPhone and iPad users only. If that’s not a problem for you, let me tell you that Apple FaceTime can manage up to 32 participants at a time.
All you need is the phone number and email address of the participants saved in your phone contacts to initiate a call.
Did you know: You can also use your Memoji during FaceTime calls.
3. Zoom Cloud meetings (25 participants)
Currently open from best apps from the Google Play Store, this videoconferencing application allows you to chat up to 25 people. But then again, you should keep in mind that Zoom is not strictly a “chat” application. Instead, it is intended more for business users and team meetings
But the good news is that the free version has many features and allows you to continue your video calls without any problems. Unlike most popular video apps, you need to schedule a meeting here. You can also organize a meeting and invite participants to it.
You will get a meeting ID and associated password. You must share them with your participants.
Aside from that, Zoom comes with several cool features. The one I like the most is that it allows you change your background. So instead of the messy wall of your room, you can have a cool Golden Bridge wall on your background.
4. Google Duo (12 participants)
One of the simplest applications on the market, Google Duo lets you connect up to 12 people on a call. Yes, it can be crowded, but therein lies the fun, right?
It should be noted that Duo initially had a limit of 4 people. However, Google has now increased the number of participants to 12.
What makes this app special is its simple interface. All your frequent contacts are there on the first page. To make a call, swipe up and tap Create group, then select from your contact list.
A die greatest features of Duo is that it allows you to call people on Android and iOS devices. Plus, all conversations are encrypted and you don’t have to worry about data leaks.
Finally, I love the live preview mode. With it, you will be able to see a live stream from the recipient’s camera. The only catch is that the person should be on your contact list.
5. WhatsApp (4 participants)
Last but not least, we have WhatsApp. This app is for those who want to keep it simple because it allows you to add up to 4 participants in a single call. The interface is simple and straightforward.
Social distancing well done
With these apps by your side, you don’t have to worry about logging out. So, whether playing a game on call or catching up with your friends, you now need to download one of the apps mentioned above and get started.
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Last updated April 7, 2020