11 Best Android Apps to Call for Free

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The selection of 11 best Android apps to call for free in 2021. The era of using real land phones have almost ceased. Between the readily available internet and cheaper smartphones, it's easy to cut that cord for good. You'll still need to find a data connection like a carrier plan or WiFi, but otherwise every app on this list lets you make free calls. Here are the best free calling apps for Android.


Facebook Messenger


Facebook apps are generally pretty average. They're clunky, slow, and eat up a lot of battery. However, virtually everyone uses Facebook. That makes it a pretty decent option. Facebook Messenger is Facebook's standalone messaging app. It features free messages, free calls and free video chats. The app even has a few games to play. The only thing you'll need is to be Facebook friends with someone and you're good to go, although in some cases that's not necessary. It's a good app to try because it's easier to convince people to use Facebook than to move on.

Google Duo

Google Duo is a video chat application. It is also one of the easiest to use free calling apps. You just need to download it, open it, put your phone number and start making free video calls. The only downside is that the other person will also have to use Google Duo. However, the good news is that Google Duo is free and cross-platform. That means it works on iOS and Android at least. It only does video calls, but they are of good quality and you can do as many as you want. A recent update allows users to only make voice calls when needed.



GrooVeIP

GrooVeIP is a good application for free calls. This will give you a US phone number that you can give out to people. The service itself supports calls and texts. The free part is a bit iffy, though. You can earn credits for free. However, you will need to complete offers and watch advertising videos in order to do so. It's a bit tedious, but it really works. Of course, they also have the option of buying credits. The service will give you free credits to use monthly. So it is an ideal application for limited free calls. The app seems to be good or boring from update to update. However, free is free, so we won't complain too much.

Skype

Skype is one of the most popular free calling apps. Its main feature is the ability to be used on mobile phones, computers, tablets and most other computing devices. You can send text messages, voice calls, and video calls to other people using Skype for free. You will have to pay for the credits to use if you want to call the actual phone numbers. However, there are tons of people with Skype accounts. It shouldn't be hard to make these calls for free.

ViberMessenger

Viber started life as a basic VoIP service. It has since grown into a full-fledged service that offers text chats, voice chats, and even video chats. You can call anyone else who uses Viber for free. Like Skype, there's a small charge if you want to call phone numbers for people who don't use Viber. It also comes with a ton of other features. Some of them, like hidden messages, can be useful. However, many of them are clunky little things like stickers that don't really matter.



TextNow

TextNow is an app that offers free texting and free calling. You will get your own dedicated phone number that you can actually give out to other people. You can call people in the US and Canada for free. However, you will have to pay to call international numbers. It's not great if you live outside of the US, but it's exactly what you're looking for if you live there. Everything is financed by advertising. Signing up for a plan removes these. This is the best app to make free calls right now.

Hangouts

Hangouts is Google's current champion in messaging apps. It also comes with a ton of features. You can voice call, video call, and message anyone for free as long as they also use Hangouts. You can also download the Hangouts Dialer app which lets you call most US and Canadian numbers for free without using your cell plan minutes. It's a powerful combination for people who want free calls. The service is free to register. All you need is a Google account. Please note that you need the Hangouts dialer app to make it work properly.

Signal Private Messenger

Signal Private Messenger is an increasingly popular service that emphasizes security. It's open source and it encrypts everything it sends. This includes voice calls, text messages, and everything in between. It offers free calls and texts, although other people will also need to use Signal Private Messenger. Everything is completely free, at least for now. It's definitely the go-to option for those who want free calls but are also concerned about security.



Slack

We touch a bit with Slack. However, it does make free calls to other people who use Slack. It's an increasingly popular chat service that caters to businesses large and small. You'll be able to create text channels, forward messages individually, and integrate it with a ton of other apps. It's also cross-platform and calls are quite easy to make. They can get a little fuzzy if you're talking to people on the other side of the world, though. For now, Slack is completely free for almost everyone.

TextNow

TextNow is an app that offers free texting and free calling. You will get your own dedicated phone number that you can actually give out to other people. You can call people in the US and Canada for free. However, you will have to pay to call international numbers. It's not great if you live outside of the US, but it's exactly what you're looking for if you live there. Everything is financed by advertising. Signing up for a plan removes these. This is the best app to make free calls right now.

WhatsApp

The last is the venerable WhatsApp. It started out as a text-only platform but slowly evolved to include free calls and free video chats. Like most, you can only use the free calls feature if you connect with another person who uses WhatsApp. Since this is one of the most popular chat apps, it shouldn't be too bad to attract other people. It's huge, it's powerful, and it works really well. It also has a variety of other features that help make the experience much better.

Conclusion

These are the best free calling apps available and we hope you find this list useful. Let us know your favorite calling app in the comments section below. You can also check out the best video chat apps for Android.


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