The best alternatives to FaceTime on Android

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FaceTime is undoubtedly one of the most popular apps from Apple and it has been making fun of Android users for many years. However, now things are changing and Android has come up with plenty of alternatives that match FaceTime in terms of quality and features. In this guide, we will share the best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is one of the best alternatives to FaceTime on Android. This is Facebook's default messenger app which has over 2 billion users, which means most likely your loved ones are already using Facebook and you can use Facebook Messenger to video chat with them. The video quality of this app is really good but it consumes a lot of battery. You can also opt for Messenger Lite which also has video chat support.



Glide

Glide is another very popular app which is technically a video messaging service. In the app, you can save the video messages and send them to other people. Recipients can see you recording the message, but they can't reply, so it's technically a video messaging app. Glide is free, but it comes with in-app purchases.

Google Duo

Google Duo is Google's answer to Apple's Facetime. This is a simple yet very powerful video chat service that gets the job done. You open the app, verify your number and now you can start calling your contacts. It doesn't come with any fancy features or menu, you can just pull up the menu and press the button to call. Also, comparatively, it consumes less power than other video chat apps on this list. Google Duo is free to use.



JustTalk

JusTalk is a comparatively lesser-known messaging service, but it's surprisingly good. It offers decent quality video chat for 3G connections and above. Moreover, it also comes with fancy features like screen doodling, image sharing, themes and others. However, these fancy features lead to battery drain. The app is free to use.

Signal Private Messenger

Signal Private Messenger is an open-source messaging app that's a great alternative to FaceTime. The app comes with premium privacy features like end-to-end encryption to secure your conversation. Also, the call quality on Signal Messager Privé is really good. If you are looking for a free premium video chat app, you should try Signal Private Messenger. Since this is an open source application, it will always be free and ad-free.

Skype

Skype was the giant back then, but over the years apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger undermined its superiority. However, it is still a very good application and is preferred by businesses for its stability and reliability. You can video chat with up to 10 people at a time. Moreover, you can also use the chat feature to share multimedia and text messages. Skype is free to use.

Snapchat

Snapchat is a unique messaging app which recently introduced the video chat feature which works perfectly. Video chat quality is really good and you can add up to 16 people in a video chat which is awesome. Moreover, you can always use Snapchat filters during the video call for fun. Sncphat is working on the app to make it more useful and is expected to go through some major rebuilds to give it an edge over its competition. Snapchat is a completely free app and you should give it a try.



Tango

Tango is one of the oldest video chat apps and it has improved a lot over the years. The app comes with lots of premium features including text chats, video calls, and voice calls. It also comes with a discovery feature that helps you discover new people and interact with them. The app is free to use.


Viber

Viber is another very popular app that has been around for years and it is also one of the best alternatives to FaceTime. The app started as a chat app but now it comes with video chat features which is quite good. The video quality of the app is decent and the audio quality is up to par as well. Viber is used by more than 600 million users worldwide, which is very impressive. The app is also compatible with Android Wear. It is free to use.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging services in the world with over 1,5 billion active users. It is a perfect alternative to FaceTime on Android. The app includes many features such as text chat, voice call and video call. Cross-platform support makes it easier for you to contact friends who use iPhones. WhatsApp also offers good privacy to its users as all conversations on this platform are secured with end-to-end encryption, which means that even WhatsApp cannot read user conversations. It's completely free and supposed to stay the same for good, but Facebook recently decided to bring the ads to WhatsApp, which will surely hit the app's popularity.


Conclusion

These are the top 10 alternatives to FaceTime for Android. Most of these apps have been around for years and they have improved over the years and they will continue to improve. However, they have a long way to go and these apps are far from perfect. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments section below. You can also check out the best alternatives to iMessage for Android on our website.


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