The Top 6 Web Conferencing Apps for the iPad

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You can host or attend an online meeting from just about anywhere in the world on your iPad. To help you get away from your office desk, here are the top apps for web and video conferencing. With so many options in the market, it's difficult to evaluate every product available. But, you can't go wrong with any of the six apps and services listed here, and you can request a free trial or schedule a demo if you can't make up your mind.

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Fuze Mobile App

Screenshot of a profile in the Fuze Mobile app

Fuze, Inc.

What We Like
  • Solid mobile presence.

  • Great attachment support.

  • Excellent in-meeting management tools that work well on the iPad.

What We Don't Like
  • User interface not optimized.

  • Poor notifications controls for iOS.

  • Many one-star reviews in the App Store.

Fuze Meeting is great for video conferencing from anywhere, and the Fuze Mobile app simplifies the process of using the service.

Users can present just about any content in high resolution. The app supports PDFs, movies, images, and many other file types and it transmits them to all web conference attendees flawlessly. Video conference hosts can control all aspects of the meeting right from their iPads. It’s possible to start or schedule a meeting, mute, and manage presenter rights for everyone ​in the meeting. Hosts can also zoom and pan meeting content, so they can easily highlight the parts of a presentation they're speaking about. Hosts can dial their attendees into the meeting directly from the iPad, which makes starting a meeting quick and easy.

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Cisco WebEx App

Screenshot of a business meeting in Cisco Webex

 Cisco

What We Like
  • Well-known enterprise meetings tool.

  • WebEx services plug into tools like Microsoft Outlook, making scheduling easier.

  • Easy-to-use iPad app.

What We Don't Like
  • Subscription model.

  • Not really optimized for consumer market.

The Cisco WebEx Meetings app offers unified communications that allow for voice and video transmitted via data networks. This reduces costs and streamlines operations. A favorite of iPad users, this conferencing tool is known for its global conferencing cloud that synchronizes voice, video, and data. WebEx is compatible with mobile devices, which is good for professionals who travel frequently or are always on the go. It also provides a collaborative meeting room that allows groups to have a permanent, personal space with a unique address.

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Skype

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 Skype

What We Like
  • Ubiquitous and multi-platform.

  • Good mix of free and paid services.

  • Robust support and product roadmap from Microsoft.

What We Don't Like
  • Can sometimes be glitchy.

  • Split between consumer-facing Skype and Skype for Business.

The Skype for iPad app lets users speak to each other for free, much like its desktop service. Although it wasn't designed with business use specifically in mind, it's reliable and easy to use. The Skype app supports video, which is great for those who prefer face-to-face contact, and group video calls with up to 25 participants.

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iMeet Central

Screenshot of the iMeet Central Dashboard

PGi

 

What We Like
  • Large participant pool.

  • No extra apps, tools, or equipment needed.

What We Don't Like
  • Fee structure for hosts.

  • No recent app updates; last version from late 2017.

The iMeet app doesn't require any training or extra equipment. Features include high-quality video conferencing and Dolby audio. The app allows you to collaborate with team members remotely and share files and video with all participants.

With iMeet, you can set up a meeting with up to 125 people. From your iPad, you can host or join a meeting, schedule a meeting, and send invitations, record the meeting, and allow participants to share screens when needed. The meeting is free to participants, but there is a fee for the host.

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Hangouts App

Google Hangouts
image copyright Google Hangouts
What We Like
  • Free calls for small groups.

  • Integrated with Google's communications suite and account system.

What We Don't Like
  • Google is notorious for canceling communication apps with little warning.

  • Service is optimized for Google accounts.

Many iPad users use Google's Hangouts app to communicate. You have the option to message friends, engage in free video or voice calls, and conduct individual or group conversations. Users can group chat with up to 150 people for free or attend a free video call with up to 10 people.

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Join Me - Simple Meetings

The Join.Me app on a tablet

LogMeIn, Inc.

What We Like
  • Easy to use.

  • Integrated collaboration tools.

  • No downloads necessary.

What We Don't Like
  • Very limited number of participants.

  • Quirky interface design.

Another highly rated web conferencing tool is Join Me, which offers a speedy start for meetings because no viewer downloads are necessary.

The Join Me – Simple Meetings app lets you hold a meeting right in the app, share whiteboards, make video calls, and present documents. Other highly-rated features include annotation, recording, and unified audio. But, the number of attendees on a video call depends on the subscription tier you subscribe to. A Lite subscription only allows up to five participants, while a Pro or Business subscription allows up to 250.