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How to video call between Android and iPhone

Overcome the walled garden with WhatsApp.
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August 1, 2023

You won’t find the FaceTime app on Android, but plenty of alternatives allow you to make video calls between Android and iPhone users. For this guide we’ll focus on WhatsApp, since you can initiate a video call just using a phone number, and it allows for free international calls. But we’ll also list some other apps that can do the trick. With that said, here’s how to video call between Android and iOS devices.

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To video call between Android and iPhone, ensure both phones have downloaded the same third-party messaging app, such as WhatsApp or Skype. Then add the appropriate phone numbers as contacts and select them.

How to video call between Android and iPhone

One of the most popular apps for video calling on Android and iPhone is WhatsApp. It’s free to download, and will automatically sync all of your device’s contacts once installed. After syncing your contacts, tap someone’s name to open a chat and select the camera icon in the top-right corner.

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WhatsApp will start calling them, and you’ll see your camera feed before they pick up. See our complete guide on video calling on WhatsApp for more information.

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Alternatives

If there’s a popular third-party communications app, chances are it’ll support video calling between Android and iOS, two well-known options being Skype and Facebook Messsenger. We recommend WhatsApp because it also works as a great SMS messenger on multiple phones, and the video calls are unlimited regardless of country. However, check out our list of the top 10 best video chat apps for more options.


FAQs

Yes, you can video call between Android and iPhone, but you’ll need to use a third-party app such as WhatsApp, which is free to download.

Yes, WhatsApp is one of the most reliable third-party applications for secure video calls between Android and iOS.

FaceTime is not supported on Android devices. You must use a third-party application such as WhatsApp to make a video call.

Yes, apps like WhatsApp support multi-platform group calls.