The best free apps for video calling in 2022 - The Verge

Zoom has emerged as the most popular video calling app of the pandemic. However, there are several alternative free apps out there, such as Skype, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had long-lasting effects on the way we work. Despite the semi-official “opening up” of many public and commercial venues, many of us are still relying on video calls to keep in touch with work colleagues, family, and friends. Zoom continues to top the list of videoconferencing apps, but there are a bunch of other free applications out there that will allow you to meet others online.

What follows is a list of some of the best videoconferencing apps, along with a couple of popular text chat apps and social networks that include video calling features. We’ve also tried to concentrate on applications that allow at least 10 or more participants on their free version.

A good idea is to try one or two out for yourself to see how well they fit in with your style and that of your friends. This list is a good place to start.

Zoom is one of the most widely used video meeting apps.

Zoom has become one of the most well-known videoconferencing apps — in fact, its name is quickly becoming synonymous with video meetings. Before the pandemic hit, the company pushed Zoom mostly for corporate use, but it also provides a free basic version for individuals. Back in the beginning of 2020, probably because Zoom didn’t expect its sudden popularity among non-business users, there were several missteps involving privacy and security; however, the company quickly instituted a number of changes and updates to address these issues.

The free version of Zoom allows up to 100 users to meet, but there is a 40-minute limit on meetings of more than two people, which can be pretty limiting. At the time of publication, Zoom was not offering any special deals for those now working at home, but it does have a page offering help and advice to new users.

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