Free Private Video Chat Rooms

Create and host your own private chat room

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Free chat rooms provide great opportunities to chat with friends and family privately. Whether you want a chat room with texting capabilities or webcam chat, all of these websites fully support both video and text chatting.

What makes these chat sites different from other chat rooms is that they're meant specifically for on-demand, one-on-one or group chatting between people you know. When both of you set up an account, you can chat privately with just each other, often from your computer, phone, or ​tablet.

Most free private chat room providers require a screen name or account before you can use them. All of the ones we've listed here are absolutely free to use.

Parents

Parents, always educate yourself and children about the dangers of online child predators. Learn how to monitor your child's activities online (on smartphones, too!), block access to websites, or disable a webcam if you are concerned about your child having access to these and other similar sites.

Skype

Skype
Skype

Skype is wildly popular and extremely well-known all around the world and works exceptionally well for building private chat rooms between two or more people.

You can use Skype to send text messages, emojis, GIFs, pictures, and even live stream video and/or audio to the other recipients in the chat room.

What makes Skype different than just a regular video calling app is that you can easily chat at the same time. Set up the video and put it aside so that you can see the message window to send texts and photos, and you've got yourself your very own private room.

There are two options for using Skype as a free private chat room. One is on-demand where you simply type a username and then start up a room to share the private link with anyone, and the other is to create a Skype account and download the software to your phone or computer.

Note

Using Skype in the first way is a great method for setting up a safe chat room between two people, especially children. Once the chat creator makes the room and shares the link, and the recipients begin talking, the admin can disable the share URL so that nobody else can join the conversation.

appear.in

appear.in
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Another completely free private video and text chat room is called appear.in. It works from your computer and mobile device and supports up to four people in the same room.

Here's how it works: choose a name for your chat room and connect your webcam. A moment later, just share the URL with anyone and they can jump right into a video chat with you.

appear.in also supports regular text messaging, and even lets you do so while you're video chatting. Another neat feature supported in this chat room is screen sharing, but you need to install the program to do that.

Note

If you sign up for an account, which is entirely optional, you can unlock other features like the ability to save the room name so that nobody else can use it when you leave. You'll also be able to lock the room so that recipients have to "knock" (request access) in order to get in.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts Group Text Messaging

Google replaced its chat app called Talk, or Gtalk, with Google Hangouts.

Hangouts integrates with Google’s communication tools, such as Google+ and Gmail. Users can make and receive voice calls, hold videoconferencing sessions, text chat, and make free internet-based phone calls to any phone worldwide and with cheap VoIP rates.

Google Hangouts works from your computer, smartphone, and tablet. You can download the app here.

Tip

There are a number of cool hidden features to play with on Google Hangouts.

TinyChat

TinyChat
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TinyChat is much more than a private chat room service since it hosts lots of publicly accessible rooms for anyone to join. However, they do have an Instant Room feature that you can use right now without even making a user account.

This particular feature on TinyChat lets you build your very own private chat room. Anyone who wants to join your room needs to know the precise address to get there, which TinyChat changes each time you make a new room.

TinyChat supports both video and text chatting. Once you join, you get to choose whether to share just your video, your audio, or both. Like most video chat rooms, you can text and use the video simultaneously.

Along with text, TinyChat lets you share YouTube videos directly in the conversation so that your chat room recipients can watch the same video at the same time.

This free private chat room service can be used on your phone, tablet, and computer.