How to Video Chat on Android Devices

Video Chat Android

Can I use my Android smartphone to video chat?

Having a mobile phone is not like it used to be 5 years ago. With thousands of apps hitting the market and with hundreds of companies developing everything that can be used on smartphones, phones have become more than just a phone. It’s like having a PC in your pocket, and sometimes even more.

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Not too many years ago, video chat was new to desktop computers and, now, smartphone and Android users can video chat from virtually anywhere.

Which programs can I use to Video Chat on my Android device?

Google Talk

Of course we’re going to start with Google. They have it all, and they usually offer it for free. Besides this, Android as a platform is here to interact with Google apps without causing problems with your phone. Google is a great company with a nifty set of services coming out of their workshops.

Ok, so Google Talk is made for Androids and this app is easy to install and use. The only downside is that it can only be used with Android 2.3+ versions only.

Things needed to start video chatting with Talk on Android devices:

  1. A Google account
  2. Yes, like any other Google service, you will need Google account for Talk as well.

  3. A good internet connection
  4. Wi-Fi will offer the best connection. You can also use 3G or 4G (if your network supports 4G).

  5. Someone to talk to
  6. Searching your contacts is easy and once you find the one you’re looking for in your phone book, simply tap the camera icon next to their name to begin chatting.

    When you tap the chat icon, the person you’re trying to talk to will get a notification saying that someone wants to video chat with them.

    Once that person accepts the call, a new screen will appear (containing two windows; one small where you will be able to see yourself and another containing the video of the person you just called).

Besides video chatting, you will be able to share videos, text messages etc.

If you decide to use some other app, the video will run in the background and you will be able to come back once you finish other tasks and you will be able to continue the chatting.

ooVoo Video Call

With this nifty app you will be able to video-call your friends on their Android devices. But your friends don’t need to be using Android. You can connect with them while they are on their PC’s, Mac’s, iPhones or iPad’s.

Steps to chat with ooVoo on your Android:

  1. A Wi-Fi internet connection
  2. If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi use 3G or 4G if available.

  3. The ooVoo app
  4. If you have an ooVoo account for your PC you can use the same account on your Android device.

  5. Someone to chat with
  6. To chat with someone on ooVoo, at this point, your only option is to choose one of your Facebook friends.

Skype Mobile for Android

Good ole’ Skype is available for Android devices as well! It is easy to use, and if you already use Skype on your PC it will be even easier.

What you will need to start chatting with Skype Mobile for Android:

  1. Download Skype for Android
  2. A 4G, 3G or Wi-Fi connection

Users can make Skype-to-Skype calls for free (same as with your PC or Mac). The user also has the option to choose to use just sound or sound and video.

Tapping on the camera icon while chatting will toggle between the back and front camera if available on your device.

If you stay signed in with Skype on your Android device, you can receive phone and video calls on it at any time/

Skype is No.1 when it comes to video calling and it is reported to have between 50,000,000 and 100,000,000 downloads on the Google Play Store. It is also a great way to make international calls on your smartphone without paying the expensive mobile carrier fees.

The average rating in the Google Play Store is not great – 3.9 out of 5 stars at the moment of writing this article.

The disappointing reviews posted are mostly about bugs and poor video quality.

About Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips began his journalism career writing for print newspapers but 4 years ago moved on to write mostly on technology and free video chat related topics. His leisure activities include swimming and horse riding.

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