The Best Video Chat Apps for Android

Stay connected, remotely

Video chatting is a stand-in for the phone calls of the past. Current events aside, isolation is a concern for many people, and video chat apps can help us feel connected. To help you figure out what apps are right for you, we rounded up our Android favorites. What makes a great mobile video chat app is a simple-to-use interface first and foremost, but also a keen understanding of the primary use.

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Best for Business: Zoom

Zoom Cloud Meetings Android video chat app
What We Like
  • Simple, link-based call-in method.

  • Clean, no-nonsense interface.

  • Works great on Android tablets.

What We Don't Like
  • Not the most modern UX.

  • Some features are limited to paid plans.

  • Limited view options on Android, compared to desktop versions.

Zoom is a popular video chat app with small and large businesses to connect their employees during remote meetings. But, you don't have to be a business to use it. Zoom offers free memberships with an email sign-up, and their Android app is one of the cleanest around. There are no flashy UI animations to slow things down, and Zoom works well when you want to send one invite link to several people.

Paid plans give you the option to record calls (to the cloud or your device), and some levels allow for automatic text transcription. While Zoom is at its best on a desktop app (the Android version only lets you have a four-video grid on your screen at once), its mobile version is also nice.

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Best for Privacy: Signal

Signal Android app for video chatting
What We Like
  • Ultra-secure encryption.

  • Simple, clean interface.

  • No third-party data mining or ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Not as mainstream as other video apps.

  • Some devices don't support the app.

Signal touts end-to-end encryption for all your chats and calls using a proprietary protocol. And, if that security isn't enough, use encrypted stickers while in your conversations. Otherwise, the app acts like any other chat interface you're used to, offering direct one-on-one messages, group chat capabilities, and video calls.

The interface is clean, and there are no ads, trackers, or Signal data mining, as grants and donations support the platform. However, because there's not much money flowing in, you can't expect flashy new features or product innovations.

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Best for Hobbyists & Superfans: Discord

Discord Android vide chat app
What We Like
  • Great exclusivity with invite-based servers.

  • Optimized screen sharing functionality.

  • Ideal for invite-only streaming sessions.

What We Don't Like
  • Some features are better optimized on the desktop version.

  • Not as flashy as other apps.

  • Not terribly business-friendly.

At its core, Discord functions a lot like a hybrid of Slack and Reddit. You create a "server," which is a channel focused on one specific topic. Then, you can invite people to join that server, and it functions as a chat room. This exclusivity level makes it great for people who want to create safe spaces for themselves and their friends.

While the platform caters to gamers and tech enthusiasts, you can create a server that supports any of your passions. The video chat function allows you to chat with your group or one on one, and the screen-sharing feature makes Discord great for streamers who want a more exclusive group than something like Twitch allows.

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Messenger Android video chat app
What We Like
  • Cross-functional for Instagram and Facebook users.

  • Simple, easy-to-use video calling.

  • Fun text chat features.

What We Don't Like
  • Only eight participants for calls.

  • Facebook presents some ethical privacy concerns.

Considering most everyone has a Facebook account, the universal video chat interface has to be Facebook Messenger. What started as a small component of the Facebook site has become a full-fledged chat app. The video chat component is simplistic, however, and not as full-featured as others.

You can get on a call with up to eight people, which is enough for families but might present some limitations for large friend groups. Where the app shines is that it connects you with anyone who has a Facebook or Instagram account, meaning you can set up a call on the Android Facebook Messenger app quickly and easily.

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Best for International Users: WhatsApp

WhatsApp Android video chat app
What We Like
  • Great for WhatsApp power users.

  • Simple to start one-on-one video chats.

  • No-nonsense interface.

What We Don't Like
  • No bells and whistles.

  • Clunky to start group chats.

  • Notification system feels a bit hidden.

WhatsApp is a favorite text app for ex-pats and international users because it circumvents the need for a cellphone plan to use SMS-based messaging. As a result, many people from countries around the world default to giving out their WhatsApp info.

So, if you want to have video chats with people who use WhatsApp as their primary text device, it's a natural progression. It's easy to set up by tapping the video call icon at the top of the screen when you're in a chat. There is a way to create a "room" and invite multiple people to join, but that functionality is a bit clunky and not ideal.

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Best for Work and Play: Skype

Skype video chat app for Android
What We Like
  • Simple user interface.

  • Microsoft-backed tech savvy and privacy.

  • Ability to call and text real numbers.

What We Don't Like
  • Dated look and feel.

  • Limited bells and whistles.

  • Not a huge built-in community.

While you may associate Skype with the desktop experience, the team (which is now part of Microsoft) has done a lot of work to make the Android app a friendly, easy-to-use experience. You can connect with up to 24 participants at once, making it great for family calls and allowing some overhead if you need to take a business call.

The association with Microsoft also makes it friendlier for business. There's plenty of non-video functionality, allowing you to use SMS texting with a corresponding phone number or call a live phone number from the app. This latter point makes it an excellent hybrid for any use you could have for a phone, whether it's conducting a voice call to order a pizza or a video call to connect with your family.

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Runner-Up, Best for Business: BlueJeans

BlueJeans Android video chat app
What We Like
  • Dolby Voice-supported audio.

  • Seamless file and calendar sharing.

  • Up to 200 participants in meetings.

What We Don't Like
  • Paid account required to start meetings.

  • UI can be complicated for casual users.

  • Not ideal for non-business use.

Though Zoom has a larger caché in the business space, BlueJeans makes a compelling case as a better option for work-friendly video calls. BlueJeans partnered with Dolby Voice to offer a clear and powerful sound quality to your video calls on the plus side.

You can conduct meetings with up to 200 participants with the highest subscription level. With smart calendar sync functionality and a seamless file-sharing engine, BlueJeans is ideal for business meetings.

It's not all positive. While you can join any meeting, you must sign up for an account to create your own. Subscriptions start at $10 per month.

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Runner-Up, Best for International Users: Viber

Viber Android video chat app
What We Like
  • Simple to call people.

  • Up to 20 participants in calls.

  • Great for international users.

What We Don't Like
  • Number-based calls cost extra.

  • Can be a clunky interface.

  • Not the most modern design.

While WhatsApp has international brand recognition, Viber is a refreshing newcomer in the space. On paper, it has everything you need: the ability to chat with up to 20 people at once, seamless video calls stemming from the chats you already have, and a simple-to-use interface.

There is an option to call or text real phone numbers using a Viber Out function, but that isn't a free-to-use option, so you'll have to pay for this aspect of the app.

It also doesn't offer the most modern-feeling design, with some buried menus and dated brand identity. But, if you're looking for an alternative to WhatsApp, Viber could be a good bet, provided you're willing to put up with its quirks.

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