One of the more difficult tasks when moving from iOS to Android is finding a replacement for the ubiquitous FaceTime. What makes it tough is that FaceTime is a solid video chatting application and everyone on iOS uses the service. There are a ton of video chatting apps on Android but only a few of them can compete with FaceTime in the video chat space. Here is our list of the best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.
Facebook Messenger is probably the easiest alternative to FaceTime on Android. Tons of people use Facebook and that includes most of the people you know (probably). That means that you can do video calls with people without having to talk many people into using a brand new service. The app itself is functional even if it is bloated and annoying. It also works cross-platform so your iOS, Android, and computer toting friends can join the fun. We wish Facebook would work on making the app a little less horrible, though. Messenger Lite recently got video chat support. We recommend trying out the Lite version first.
Google Duo is essentially FaceTime on Android. It’s a simple live video chat service. By simple, we mean that it’s all this app does. You open it, it ties to your phone number, and then you can get to calling people. Whoever you’re calling will need to be using Duo as well. The best part of this app is that it’s cross-platform. That means your iPhone friends can get on board as well. It has a few nifty features, such as Knock Knock which lets you see callers before you pick up their video chat call. It’s easy, free, multi-platform, and it works really well.
JioMeet is one of the newer alternatives to FaceTime and it’s actually a little bit better in some cases. It doesn’t just support one on one video chats, but video chats with up to 100 people at the same time (for a maximum of 24 straight hours). The app also has a nice, simple UI along with some security features like password protected chats and a driving mode for safety. It’s somewhat newer than most options and may have a bug or two, but it worked fine in our testing.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
JusTalk is a surprisingly good video chatting service. It boasts decent quality video on every kind of connection except for 2G. It also gives you the option of doing things like doodling on the screen while you chat, image sharing, and there is even theming. There is also boasts cross-platform support so you can get your iOS friends in on it too. Don’t let the price fool you. This app is free to use. The in-app purchases are for things like themes and other customization features. They are totally optional. It’s a great alternative to FaceTime on Android.
Signal Private Messenger
Signal Private Messenger is an excellent FaceTime alternative for privacy seekers. It features a bunch of stuff, including group chats, video calls, voice calls, and end-to-end encryption for security. The video and voice call clarity is good and it works quite simply. Telegram would be another excellent option here, but they seem to only support video messages at this time. In any case, Signal Private Messenger is free, open source, secure, and one of the better FaceTime alternatives. However, its privacy is its biggest feature. Those that want something a little more fun may want to look elsewhere.
Price: Free / Varies
Skype is the original FaceTime. It’s also one of the best alternatives to it. On top of its truly excellent cross-platform support (that includes a native app on some Linux distros), Skype is renown for its stability, popularity, and its many features. You can also text and voice call your Skype contacts entirely free with an option to buy minutes to call actual phone numbers. You can video with up to ten people if you want to. The only downside is that the official app is a little buggy. It always has been. However, it does work well enough to be a positive experience most of the time. It’s a perfectly acceptable alternative to FaceTime on Android.
Snapchat is an odd messaging app, but one of the most popular. It uses photo chatting instead of the traditional text chatting. However, text chats, voice chats, and video chats (with up to 16 people) are also available in the app. It is in the process of undergoing a massive reconstruction project, so it’ll be much different by the end of 2019. The app is entirely free, comes with some neat AR functionality, and the self-destructing messages are popular with most of its users.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Viber is another application that’s been around for a long, long time. It initially started out as a calling app but has since graduated to a messaging client and a place where you can make free video calls. The app boasts over 600 million users worldwide. That’s pretty impressive. There is also a social feature that lets you check the latest happenings in the world. It even has Android Wear support. Like others, the in-app purchases are mainly for things like stickers and it’s all optional. It’s a solid and underrated alternative to FaceTime on Android.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging services out there. It’s an entirely free service that allows you to text chat, voice call, and video call your friends. It’s cross-platform with virtually everything so it doesn’t really matter what your friends have. Additionally, you can send all kinds of stuff. The chats are encrypted which is a positive thing for the security conscious. It’s a bit of an obvious choice, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.
Price: Free / Varies
Zoom is not really an alternative to FaceTim, but it is a decent, cross-platform video chat app. It promotes itself as a business or education platform but anybody can use it. It supports video chats with up to 100 participants and also includes encryption, screen sharing, and all kinds of other features. For one on one conversations you definitely want something like Google Duo or Facebook Messenger. However, those who want the ability to scale up should definitely consider this one.
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