When people coming from iOS try Android they often want to know whether they can use FaceTime. The short answer is no, there are is no FaceTime app on Android because its developed by Apple itself.
However, there are several other video calling apps and essentially FaceTime alternatives for the Android platform which allow users to call up their friends or contacts and hold video conferences and meetings. If you’re looking for such apps, here are 10 of the best video calling apps you can download for free.
#1. ZOOM Cloud Meetings
Zoom Cloud Meetings is probably the closest thing to a FaceTime app for Android. It is basically a video conference app which allows you to have face-to-face meetings with up to 25 people along with sharing your screens and sending messages.
You can also share documents from your Google or Dropbox accounts along with setting up or hosting webinars and inviting people. The app works on Android, iOS, PCs and Macs along with compatible telephones and professional communication systems.
#2. Google Hangouts
Just like FaceTime is developed by Apple, Hangouts is Google’s offering and is essentially a great alternative. It is a free app and is available for all Android devices as well as computers, whether they run Windows or Macintosh.
Moreover, the Hangouts app works really well even on low bandwidth internet connections and allows cross-platform communication and multiple people to “hang out” without charging any premiums or fees. All you need in order to use Hangouts is a Google plus account and some friends who are also on Google’s own social network.
Skype needs no introduction and is one of the most popular apps on all mobile platforms and computers. Like Hangouts, it allows cross-platform communication and some of the best video chatting experiences for free.
The Android app has come a long way and is much more stable than its earlier versions. You just need to install it, log in with your account credentials and start video chats with any of your contacts as long as you have a good internet connection.
It can also run in the background and push notifications whenever you have new messages or incoming calls, making it a great FaceTime alternative for your Android phones and tablets.
#4. Cisco WebEx Meetings
Video calling has a lot of corporate-use demand and that’s why Cisco has this excellent video conferencing and calling app for users of Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Cisco WebEx Training Center, Cisco WebEx Event Center, Cisco WebEx Meetings Server, and Cisco WebEx Meetings.
You can host meetings, schedule them, invite people and moderate the proceedings. Other features include screen sharing, conferencing via data networks and support for wearable devices.
Connection quality, including audio and video are great and the app allows for corporate account sign-ins and end-to-end encryption. If you’re looking for a decent service to hold meetings on video calls, this Cisco app merits a look.
Viber is also a good FaceTime alternative, though it isn’t as popular as Skype. The app is mainly used for making calls, but also has a video calling feature that is fair in terms of performance.
The app however isn’t perfectly stable and you may experience crashes, lags and bugs when using it on your Android phone.
Nevertheless, the app can be integrated with your contacts (like WhatsApp) and can also push notifications while remaining active in the background.
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#6. ooVoo Video Call, Text & Voice
ooVoo is a great app if you’re one to frequently call your friends for video chats. It has great cross-platform compatibility and works for users on Android, iOS and computer systems running Windows and Mac.
The app allows you to send messages and make video calls with up to 12 people as a group for free.
Video performance on the app is also quite good even with low bandwidth connections and it’s definitely worth a shot for serious FaceTimers or video chatters.
#7. Tango Messenger, Video & Calls
Tango is another great FaceTime alternative app for Android phones providing good video calling performance over both WiFi and data connections.
The app also pushes notifications and creating an account isn’t much of a hassle. There are several social features in the app as well, allowing you to not just chat with your friends but also find new friends through existing ones. You can download it for free on your Android phones and tablets.
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#8. Imo video calls
Imo is one of the most popular online communication apps and it supports video calling which works very simply. You can call up all your contacts and friends via the app and have video conversations over Wi-Fi and data networks.
While the call quality is not always the best, you can’t complain much with a free service that gets the job done most of the time.
If you’re friends are using Imo (chances are they are) this is a good app to use for video calls.
#9. Icq Video Calls
Icq is another popular app like Imo and comes with a secure video chat option with decent audio and video quality. It also allows you to use animated stickers within calls and is reasonable when it comes to data usage over 3G, 4G and LTE networks.
If you’re frequently video calling with friends on the go, this is a great app to have.
#10. fring Free Calls, Video & Text
Fring lets you ring upto 4 of your friends for voice and video calls but everyone needs to be registered with fring first. While the app has been offering great performance for video calls, it has gone down a little lately.
The video quality, which the app adjusts automatically according to your bandwidth, may not be as good as some of the other services, but for a free app, fring works well and is worth a shot.
If there are any other video calling apps you use or feel are better FaceTime alternatives, please comment below and let us know.
For those of you know have moved from iOS or are intending to do so; know that while there is no official FaceTime app for Android, the alternatives listed in this post work just as well and will serve your purpose whether you want a video calling app for meetings, conferences or just social catching up with friends and family.