For this week’s Appy Friday, we are giving you our top 5 video chat apps to help make video calling simple. From the ones most people have heard of like Skype, to Viber which isn’t as common but just as great.

Google Duo
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
Google Duo is great for calling your contacts in just one tap with its super simple interface which brings the video to the forefront. One cool aspect of this app is that it has a ‘knock knock’ feature which allows you to see a preview of the person calling you so you can see what they are up to before you answer. You can also leave a video message if the person you are calling is not available to answer your call.

Viber
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
The Viber app allows you to video chat with up to 250 people and for times when you don’t have a chance to reply to messages you can ‘like’ the message to show that you have seen it. For this app you don’t even need to set up a username or provide login details making it quick and easy to carry out international calls, it also gives you the option to have either a voice call or video.

Skype
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
Skype is one of the most popular and most common video chat apps for a good reason. The Skype app allows you have group video chat calls along with messaging features so when you can’t answer you can send a message to the person trying to call you within the app. Skype also allows you to call mobile numbers and landlines. It even allows you to have a dedicated traditional phone number that when called, comes through to your Skype account.

FaceTime
Platform: iOS
Cost: FREE
FaceTime is one of the best video chat options for Apple devices as it’s just so easy to use and works very well. The next iOS update should also take FaceTime to the next level with Apple introducing group calling later on this year, making it even better. However, a big limitation is that it’s not available for Android users.

Facebook Messenger
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
Facebook Messenger has a great video chat feature where you can group call up to 50 people while showing 6 peoples video on screen. The Messenger app makes it so easy to group call people all you need to do is open the app and then click on the person you want to call and then tap the camera icon in the top right corner. To call a group just make a group chat of all the people you want to call and then follow the same steps as above.

So, that was this week’s Appy Friday. My personal favourite to use is FaceTime and Facebook Messenger as they are just the apps I already have on my devices meaning I don’t have to download any new apps to make video calls.