If you’re coming from iOS to Android or are still considering the switch from an iPhone to an Android phone, like most people, you might be wondering whether there is any Facetime for Android or any alternatives to Facetime that you can use for video calls.
While we’ve already covered some of the best Video Calling Apps & Facetime Alternatives for Android, in this guide we will walk you through the whole process of making video calls to your contacts using your Android phone, just like you do on iOS with Facetime.
Importing iPhone contacts to Google
First you need to transfer your iPhone contacts to Google so you can import them to your new Android phone. This process is fairly simple if you already have a Gmail account.
You just need to connect your iPhone to your computer and fire up iTunes. Now just find the info tab on the menu bar at the top and select the “Sync Contacts With” option and pick “Google Contacts”. Enter your Gmail account’s username in the next box and all your contacts will be synced with your Google account.
Now you just need to sync your Google account with your Android phone (Settings > Accounts & Sync) and your iPhone contacts will soon start showing up in your Android contacts section.
Making Facetime-like Video Calls on Android
After transferring your iPhone contacts to your Android phone, you can start making video calls to your contacts but first you’ll need to install a video calling app which your contacts will also need to have. If you want to try Hangouts, it comes pre-installed on almost all Android phones and is also available for iOS.
However, for Hangouts to work, your friends using iOS will also need to create their own Google+ accounts. If they do, you can simply add them via the Hangouts app and start making video calls like you did with Facetime. In case you don’t have the Hangouts app, you can download it via the links below, for both Android and iOS.
Other Facetime Alternatives on Android
In case you don’t want to use Google hangouts, the best Facetime alternative for Android is Zoom Cloud Meetings, which works just like Facetime and you can even invite up to 25 other people to join you in face-to-face video chats. The app is completely free and offers a great, high quality video chatting experience.
The best thing about Zoom Cloud Meetings is that it’s available on both Android and iOS and you can simply invite people from your contacts list and start video chats and meetings directly.
Finally, you can also try Skype, which needs no introduction and gives a superb one-to-one video chatting experience much like Facetime. You won’t be able to chat directly with your phone contacts, but you can add your friends on Skype (with their Skype IDs) and then call them easily using your Wi-fi, 3G, 4G or LTE connection.
We hope this guide helps you start video chatting on your Android like you did with Facetime on iOS. If you’re wondering whether there is an official Facetime app for Android, the answer is no, because it’s a proprietary Apple app. However, the video chatting apps in this guide work just like Facetime would on Android. If you have any recommendations, suggestions or questions, please feel free to comment below.