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Best Free Alternatives to Zoom for Video Calling

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Zoom is one of the best and most popular video calling platforms and has continued to grow. With the global rise of Coronavirus, most people are encouraged to stay at home and work from home. How can I stay at home and still interact with my friends and workmates? The answer is making good use of free video calling apps that are available, all you need is a good internet connection.

What are the other free alternatives to Zoom? A lot of people have been asking this question for their reasons, maybe because they want to explore other software or are concerned with privacy issues. In this article, I’ll list some of the other best free alternatives to Zoom that can be able to serve you well.

 

Google Meet

Google Meet is a video-communication service that was developed by Google and it was one of the apps that constituted a replacement for Hangouts. It has both a free and paid version, the free version is enough for you and can get you started and can help you to meet with your workmates or friends virtually.

You can hold video calls with up to 250 participants, hold presentations, record meetings and save them to Drive. You can also send a meeting link to invite participants to the meeting. In my opinion, Google Meet is the best alternative to Zoom.

 

Skype

Skype is a popular video chat software that is known and available to Mac, Android, Windows and IOS users. It offers video, audio and messaging features and supports up to 50 users on the same call. Skype also lets you record, save and share your video calls. It’s free and it does knot require you to sign up, you can host a video meeting without the need to sign up or download the app.

Skype Alternative to zoom
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Discord 

Discord is free software that can be used for video calling whether it’s official or just for interacting with friends. The communication app is popular with gamers but can be used by anyone looking for encrypted chat, messaging and video calls. Users need to set up a dedicated “server,” which can be organized into rooms that can host video calls.

 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams offer both free and paid version that enables you to meet virtually, call and collaborate at one place no matter where you are. It comes with a bunch of tools. The free plan is enough to get you started to virtual meeting with friends and workmates.

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Facebook Messager Rooms

Facebook introduced a new feature that can allow you to host Video and voice calls by creating messenger rooms. The host of the meeting creates a room and invites participants by sending a link for them to join. What I like most about Messenger rooms is that you can lock the room once the call begins and you can hold up to 50 people in a video call for an unlimited time. This feature makes it better than the free version of zoom which allows you to hold a meeting for 40 minutes.

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