Smartphones have totally and irrevocably changed our lives. Fifteen years ago we could not have imagined a world with video calls, but now we use Skype entirely ubiquitously.
Skype is one of the most popular apps for video calls, but what if you want to try some other tools? Skype is far from perfect:
- you may receive spam from hacked accounts
- low speed
- the latest redesign isn’t to your liking
- it is not useful for teams and conference calls
We have collected 21 best Skype alternatives out there to let you try something new. Communicate with your friends and teams the way you want. The list also features free apps without registration to make fast video calls. Scroll down to check them out.
Whatsapp is one of the most popular chats on the planet. It counts over 1 billion active users. Whatsapp offers you voice calls, video calls, and many other amazing features. If you are looking for a stable solution for personal use or business, Whatsapp is definitely one of the first options to choose from.
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BalckBerry OS
Viber is another popular chat app on this list. It started their life as a voice calling app that works pretty good, by the way. Now you can also make video calls using an internet connection. Other than that, you can use text chat, voice chat, or video chat. Besides, Viber allows you to create secret conversations and keep your message history private. It’s not that popular in the USA.
Platform: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux
Pricing: free, in-app purchases for stickers
Jitsi is a multi-platform video conferencing app that is suitable for business needs. It works perfectly for two people as well as 200 people. The app is open-source that allows you to build and deploy secure video conferences. Jitsi is a group of developers that take video conferencing on a whole new level.
Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
Appear.in is a less-known app that gives you an ability to make video calls. For those of you who have a distributed work team, it is a perfect solution. The best thing about this app is that you don’t need to register! Simply create a chat room and share a link via email with people you want to connect. You can make a video call with eight people at one time, and all you need is internet connection (and a browser.)
Platform: Android, iOS
Pricing: Free for personal use; 1 user, 3 Meeting Rooms, and 12 Participants – $9.99/mo
Slack is a useful, convenient app for work teams. You can create chats with different users, mention users via @ and view all team members files at one place. You can work with numerous groups at Slack. When it comes to video call, Slack allows you to make voice and video calls. And besides, in a case you need to show your work, you can share your screen just like in Skype.
Platform: Chrome, iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows
Pricing: It’s free for small teams, but for active users it’s $6.67 per month
Chanty is an AI-powered messenger for business. Besides, Chanty is a single notification center that allows you to get notifications from different apps on its screen. It was designed specifically for teams so you won’t be distracted by other users not related to work. Among the features are a clean interface, a search of files, public and private conversations. And it’s free for up to 10 people.
Platform: Android, iOS, web, Windows, macOS
Pricing: Free up to 10 people; premium starts at $3 per user per month
Talky was initially created as a competitor to Skype. If you are searching for a free video chat app, here is the perfect option. You can talk to up to 15 people in one conference call. The process is so easy that you don’t even need to download any plugins or software. Just open Talky website, create a new chat room, and share the link with anyone you want. And yes, you don’t need to sign up or create an account.
ooVoo allows you to make both domestic and international video calls, just like Skype. If you want to make a call to another ooVoo user, it is free. Besides, the app gives you the ability to create high-quality group calls. You can make a group call with up to 12 people online without signing up or registration process. You can record all the calls and share screenshots. You can also make calls to non-users and landlines.
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows, Web
Tiny Chat is a web-based Skype alternative that gives you an ability to make voice and video calls quickly. You don’t need to download any software; the app is online. It works similar to many apps in this list, create a chat room and share a unique link with anyone you want to invite. You can also protect your chat room with a password to make sure it’s private. You can connect to random people around the globe to the chat rooms that are not protected with a password. For high-quality full-screen chat, you need to get a paid version that starts with $4.14/mo.
Platform: Android, iOS
Pricing: Free; High-quality video calls without ads – $37,49/mo
Wire is one more amazing alternative to Skype with focus on your privacy. The app allows you to make a video call, send messages and share files. Directly from Wire you can share data from other apps, such as Vimeo, Youtube, Soundcloud, and Shopify. Along with the disadvantages, Wire allows you to make video calls with only four people. They have strict data protection regulations, so you ensure your files and messages are secure. It’s free for personal use, and paid business version starts with 4€ per month.
Platform: Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Linux
Pricing: 30 days free trial; 6 euro/month
Telegram is a popular, secure chat app that allows you to send not only text and adudio messages, but also make video calls. The app is cloud-based so that you can access your files on multiple devices. It has an open API for everyone. Telegram is free forever, with no ads or subscription plans.
Platform: Web, Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD, Windows phone, UWP
Pricing: Free forever
WeChat is an instant messenger app for smartphones. They provide a conference feature that ensures that only one person talks at a time, that is very convenient. You can send funny stickers to your friends and family in a chat. Just another Skype alternative to make video calls.
Platform: Web, Android, iOS
Imo is an app that is popular in third world countries because it provides video calls for 2G and 3G networks. It requires only 6MB of space on a smartphone. Imo is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phones. The app provides high-quality video and voice calls despite a slow internet connection.
Platform: iOS, Android, and Windows Phones
Riot is a secure chat app. It allows you to organize rooms around your team, friends, or community. You can chat, share files, add widgets, and make video or voice calls and conferences. The app is open-source so that anyone can audit and customize it. Riot is available in 25 languages.
Platform: Web, desktop, Android, iOS, F-Droid
Pricing: Free for everyone, forever
Voca provides one of the cheapest international calls on the market these days. You can call up to 230 countries over the globe. For example, calls on landlines of USA will cost only $0.001. For users of Voca app, all video calls, voice calls, and messages are free. But you need to have a good internet connection to make the calls. Every word and calls are encrypted due to security reasons.
Platform: iOS, Android
Pricing: Free for Voca users, paid calls on landlines
Zoom is a business application that allows you to make conference video calls. The platform is cloud-based which means you can hold webinars, video calls, conferences, and group messages with whiteboarding. The basic version is free, but it also provides a paid version for advanced users. You can make HD video calls with Zoom. Besides, you can make webinars with up to 10,000 viewers.
Platform: Android, Windows, iOS, Mac, and Blackberry.
Pricing: Free for personal use; $14.99/mo/host for small teams
Google Duo is an alternative to Facetime. However, unlike Facetime, you can use Google Duo on both iOS and Android devices. It’s effortless to start using the app: download the application and verify your mobile number. It will automatically sync all your contacts and show who also uses Google Duo from your list. Thanks to a handy “Knock-knock” feature, another user can also join video call even before the call is started.
Platform: Android, iOS
Webex is a trusted software for online meetings. This tool is paid, but you can give it a test drive for 14 days for free. It’s worth its money: Webex provides you HD-quality video calls, high-quality voice calls, easy screen and file sharing, online whiteboard, and easy switching between files. All these features make it a handy tool for business and teams.
Pricing: 12 ,85 € per host/month with up to 50 users; 17 ,30 € per host/month for up to 100 users.
The FortKnoxster platform is an end-to-end encryption system leveraging on the Blockchain technology to establish secure and trusted communication links between its users. With this app, you can make calls, chat, and share files with other users and know that all your data is secured. Nobody can hack your video calls with FortKnoxster. You can also share your screen just like with Skype.
Platform: iOS, Android, Web
Another great alternative to Skype users is ICQ. It is a Russsian app that has almost all the features of Skype. With ICQ you can send messages and make video calls for free, but also call the landlines and mobile phones for a small fee. The video calls you to make in ICQ and encrypted that means all you say or text will remain only between you and people you chat. If I’m not mistaken, ICQ is even older than Skype.
Platform: Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, and iOS
Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular apps on the globe. As a messenger, it lacks some features; however, have you ever known that it allows you to make video calls? You can make both voice and video calls for free. Of course, there are some annoying ads pops up, but again – it’s free. You can leave a voice message if you get no answer.
Platform: Mac, Windows, iPhone, Android, online
Troop Messenger is a multi-utilitarian interface for team collaboration and instant messaging. Customizable and simple to use across platforms, it provides for highly secured exchange of data and ownership for enterprises. Troop Messenger offers audio/video calling facility along with screen-sharing functionality. It can be also hosted on a private cloud server, thereby providing enhanced security of data for users.
Platform: Android, iOS, web, Windows, macOS, Linux