Zoom is an extremely popular app particularly for work purposes, but can also be used for social gatherings online. You can start or join face-to-face video calls with up to 100 people.
For Apple users, the FaceTime feature is a great way to stay connected with loved ones. The app is built on all Apple products - iPad, iPhone and Mac, so you can only connect with others who have an Apple product.
This is similar to Zoom, but is connected to your Gmail account and can be downloaded as an additional app. It can also sync your google contacts, making it easier to find specific members you wish to reach out to.
The free version allows up to 25 people to join one chat, and you can also share GIFs and emojis. For those family or friends who have both an Apple and Android phone, this is a great way to communicate.
This is a slightly different alternative to the other apps…Netflix party simply creates a way for you to watch a Netflix show or movie and chat about it. Think of it as a virtual version of the TV series Gogglebox!
To get started, one person needs to set it up and send a link to whoever they wish to get on board with the show. Once everyone has clicked the link, they will then join the viewing and can discuss the film or series throughout by posting comments in the chat box.
Although you can’t see the other person watching, being able to watch and discuss the show at the same time; which makes it that little bit more exciting!
Facebook Messenger / Whatsapp Messenger
Both Facebook and Whatsapp have a video call option. The Facebook messenger tool allows you to call / video other users and you can have up to 50 people video chatting on the app all at once.
Whatsapp is similar, allowing you to make video calls to your contacts in your mobile phone. The app allows up to 16 people to video chat at the same time.
Or if you’re looking for some top messaging apps you can check out our top picks in our online messaging blog.