Subscriber Account active since. Apple didn't invent video calling when it introduced FaceTime for the iPhone in , but sometimes it seems that way. The video-calling service, which works over Wi-Fi and cellular data, is a reliable way to have video chats between iOS users — and if you're an iPhone user, it can sometimes feel ubiquitous. Unfortunately, it is restricted to the community of iOS users. Apple doesn't have a monopoly on video chat, and FaceTime is just one way to do it. If you need to have a video chat that includes both iOS and Android users, there are a number of cross-platform apps that you can use to do that.
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We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. As a result of COVID and social distancing, more people are turning to video-chat apps for help with gatherings, everything from connecting kids with their grandparents to meeting friends for virtual happy hours. For users of iPhones and other Apple devices, choosing a video-chat app is no problem. No need to worry. A handful of free apps work on both operating systems.
FaceTime wasn't the first video calling app but it may be the most well-known and one of the most widely used. The same for FaceTime on Windows. To host video and audio calls on Android, you need to get one of the Android-compatible apps that has the features you want from FaceTime and maybe some other features, it doesn't have. Once you've found the right app, get our friends and family to install the same app on their phones.
Looking for a way to get FaceTime for Android? One of the more difficult tasks when moving from iOS to Android is finding a replacement for the ubiquitous FaceTime. What makes it tough is that FaceTime is a solid video chatting application and everyone on iOS uses the service. There are a ton of video chatting apps on Android but only a few of them can compete with FaceTime in the video chat space. Here is our list of the best alternatives to FaceTime on Android. Facebook Messenger Price: Free. Facebook Messenger is probably the easiest alternative to FaceTime on Android.