Top 5 Free Webcam Sites

Make friends or waste time though these free video chat sites

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Are you looking for free webcam sites? While you could spend hours searching the internet for the best places to chat via video, and even voice and text, save time by trying these top picks based on user-friendliness and service quality.

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.

Connect your webcam and get started and see these top messaging apps that have chat rooms for even more online fun. Or, if you're looking for more of a one-on-one messaging service, see this Apps for Free Video Chat on Your Computer list.

While these free webcam sites offer strict guidelines for users, be aware that content on any of these sites could include images that are NSFW, or could potentially violate local laws or community standards. They may include nudity, sexual acts, and more.

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Best for Safety: Tinychat

Screenshot of the Tinychat online video chat website

What We Like

  • Video chat, without much concern for text.

  • Easy to use, with mobile apps as well.

What We Don't Like

  • Use of a coin system virtually guarantees online porn.

  • Online user profiles hint at racist, sexist, homophobic, or drug-using behaviors.

Tinychat is innovative and makes the creation of webcam chat rooms for you and friends fast and simple. In addition to private chat with friends, public chat rooms make it easy to meet new friends anonymously.

Tinychat is a good alternative to some of the more popular chat rooms in that there are multiple safety settings and a clear effort to keep Tinychat clean.

When multiple people are broadcasting their video, you can see all of them in a smaller thumbnail in the middle of the screen, which makes it super easy to see everyone at once.

You can also buy virtual gifts with Tinychat Coins that you can send to others in a chat room, private message individual's, text chat to the whole room, find chat rooms near your location, and open the most gifted chat rooms.

You can use Tinychat both on the web from your computer as well as through a mobile device through their app.

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Best for Chatting Without Downloads: FaceFlow

Screenshot of the FaceFlow chat room

What We Like

  • Emphasis is more on text chatting than video chatting.

  • Free, and no downloads required.

What We Don't Like

  • General chat only, without option for topic-themed rooms.

  • Antiquated user interface.

Unlike some webcam chatrooms that broadcast video the whole time, FaceFlow "starts off" as a text chat room with the public and you can only video chat with strangers after you add them as a friend or connect with them through the Find Random Partner button.

Your user profile at FaceFlow is more of a social media profile than a simple chat profile. You can add a description of yourself and even include links to your favorite YouTube videos so that other FaceFlow users can get a feel for the music or videos you're into.

You have to make a free user account at FaceFlow before you can have face-to-face chats or text conversations with other users. Once you do, you'll also be able to send files and create group video calls.

Unfortunately, there is only a public chat room option with FaceFlow, which means you cannot join chat rooms that are specific to a certain topic, like sports, politics, news, etc.

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Best to Video Chat With Other Teens:

Screenshot of the website

What We Like

  • Free space with safe content for younger people.

  • Clean, modern design.

What We Don't Like

  • It's unlikely that teens will enthusiastically visit a website geared toward them, specifically to chat.

  • A "currently online" avatar list reveals some troubling user images.

As the name suggests, is a nice place to video chat with other teens. 

By default, everyone starts off together in one room. You can text or broadcast your video to everyone, as well as see anyone else who is publicly broadcasting. However, you can also privately message and video chat with any other online user.

You don't need an account to use

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Best for Specific Age Ranges: 321 Chat

Screenshot of the 321 Chat website

What We Like

  • Free list of topic-oriented chat rooms.

  • Some help articles to orient users new to online chat.

What We Don't Like

  • Interface looks frozen from 2003.

  • Bare-bones chat interface only.

321 Chat is a video and text chatting website that lets you join rooms of different topics, like one for teens, seniors, singles, Asians, people in their 20s, religion, kids, etc.

In addition to video chatting and texting with the whole room or specific users, you can also send emojis and pictures.

The settings at 321 Chat are really specific. You can disable private messages sent to you, block direct messages from female and/or male users, remove custom colors from text messages, require others to ask your permission to view your video, and more.

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Best for Simultaneous Chat and Video: Chatous

Screenshot of the Chatous free webcam chat site

What We Like

  • Mobile interface.

  • Ability to join anonymously or with a persistent user account.

What We Don't Like

  • A ghost town with not many users.

  • Login required to use web version.

Chatous is another text and/or video chatting website that connects you with random strangers.

You can engage in text-only conversations or chat with people over video as well. Images can also be sent from your computer to the recipient, and there is a handful of fun emojis built-in.

While video chatting, the screen is split into two, where the left portion is for text messages and the right is for video. It makes it really easy to do both at the same time.

You can start using Chatous right away under a random username, but if you make your own account, you'll be able to customize the name people see, save your friends list, and login to your account from the mobile app.

There were not many users currently on Chatous the last time we checked it out.