Apps for Free Video Chat on Your Computer

There are apps and services that allow you to make completely free video calls and video chat sessions on your desktop or laptop computer. You first need to have a DSL line with sufficient bandwidth for video communication, a webcam, audio input and output devices (or a headset), and more importantly a video calling app behind which there is a service that allows free video calls. Here is a list of the top apps you can use.


Video calling on computer

Skype is the most popular app for voice and video calling. In the mobile market Skype has since long been dethroned by WhatsApp and Viber, but it still remains the most prominent tool for free communication on computers. Besides, users who don't know much about VoIP tend to subconsciously interchange between VoIP and Skype. It is available for all platforms and is very easy to use. The calls are free within the network, that is calls between Skype users are free. You can make paid calls to landline and mobile users, but video calls have to take place between Skype users. The app also offers HD quality for both voice and video. Skype actually arguably gives the best quality voice and video. It follows that it also consumes more data.  More »

Google Hangouts

Google has been on trial and error with the many apps and services it launched and withdraw during the past years, among which are Google Voice, Talk and others. The last product, and one that seems fit to last at least half a decade, is Google Hangouts, which is integrated (like most of Google's tools) into GMail and Google+. It offers great quality video calling with other Google users within your browser. You are sure to meet a lot of friends to chat with as most people have a Google account. It is seamless and very easy to operate once you have installed the plugin needed on your machine. You can do that on Windows, ​Mac and Linux. More »


Facetime offers excellent video quality with a very simple and easy-to-use interface. The main problem with it is that it works exclusively on Apple’s operating systems and devices – Mac OS, iPhone, iPad and iPod. It does not even interact with other networks like Skype. More »


The strong point with ooVoo is that it allows you to have video conversations with up to 12 participants at a time. It also has a whole lot of other features, including integration with other platforms, integration with Facebook and Twitter users. It even allows you to have video chat sessions with them even if they don’t have the app installed on their machines. It does that through the web interface app. More »


I entered Ekiga into this list for Linux users, because it is a video chatting app for all distributions of Linux. But you also have a version for Windows. It has a clean and simple interface with the possibility of voice calls and text chatting. More »


Having gone past the past of 100 million users, Nimbuzz is a service that has many products and features. It has a version for many types of machine, including smartphones and Windows and Mac computers. It also offers free text messaging and voice calling. More »

Facebook Video Chat

The most popular social network has been doing a lot on communication. You can now hold video chat sessions on Facebook with friends within your browser. A video chat icon is present in the chat window. In fact, Facebook video chat is powered by the Skype engine in the background.  More »

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