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Top 7 programs for video calls from a computer and phone (or how to make video calls with colleagues and loved ones during quarantine)

Good time!

How quickly everything is changing in the world ... It seems that 2-3 months ago it was impossible to imagine that study and work for many of us would go online en masse (and after that the demand for programs will increase. - messengers ...).

In general, I recently received a lot of questions on this topic, and decided to jot down a couple of notes about programs for video calls (the most relevant today are marked with a special icon, see below 👇).

Note:

1) all the software below can be installed both on the phone and on the PC (which allows you to get universal communication);

2) if you need to call directly from your computer to your phone (both landline and mobile numbers) - I recommend that you familiarize yourself with this.

Important!

Please note that in Windows 10, you need to go to the OS settings (the combination Win + i) and in the section "Confidentiality" allow access to the microphone and camera to the program through which you want to communicate!

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Top 7 programs for communication on the Internet

Skype (one-stop solution 👍)

Official website: //www.skype.com/ru/

One of the most famous and widespread messengers in the World! Allows you to exchange not only simple text messages, but also arrange audio and video conferences (up to 10 people).

Skype search

Features:

  1. video calls have no call time restrictions;
  2. the ability to share your screen;
  3. the ability to transfer files: pictures, archives, documents, etc.;
  4. the ability to make calls to mobile and landline phones (for a small surcharge per month);
  5. the program works in all popular operating systems: Windows, Android, Mac OS X, Linux, etc.;
  6. minus: Skype is quite demanding on PC resources (it can slow down on weak machines!).

By the way, I had some useful instructions on setting up and solving typical problems on my Skype blog. If something does not work for you, I recommend it. 👇...

👉 To help!

1) If your device is not found in Skype: camera, microphone, speakers.

2) How to remove ads from Skype.

3) What to do if the connection fails.

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Whatsapp

Official website: //www.whatsapp.com/download/

Another very popular messenger that gained fame on smartphones, and later migrated to the PC. The application has similar capabilities to Skype: video and audio calls, chats, conferences, etc.

WhatsApp PC application window

Features:

  1. free audio and video calls (only your Internet traffic is paid for);
  2. the ability to create groups up to 256 people. (it's mega-convenient to send everyone the same message, photo, video at once);
  3. easy and fast file exchange (up to 100 MB);
  4. the program implements end-to-end encryption to ensure confidentiality of conversations.
  5. minus: when sending high-quality audio and video materials - their quality may decrease.

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Viber (for chats with a large number of participants 👍)

Official website: //www.viber.com/ru/

Direct competitor to Skype and WhatsApp. In terms of functionality, it is practically similar to them, however, one can distinguish the "chat" orientation: in the Viber collection there are a lot of different pictures (emojis, smiles, etc.) on a variety of topics.

Viber - an example of a video call over the Internet

Features:

  1. the ability to make audio and video calls in HD quality (for the latter, Viber must be installed at least 5.0 version);
  2. the ability to create groups and communities (with virtually no restrictions);
  3. convenient synchronization between your devices: computer, phone, etc. (wherever you corresponded earlier - you will always see the entire history and all messages ...);
  4. a large number of stickers and emojis (incl.in GIF): you can always easily and quickly congratulate the interlocutor on any holiday, convey feelings and mood;
  5. the ability to easily delete previously written messages in the chat.

Minuses:

  • a lot of advertising mailings and spam;
  • the program actively tracks your location ...

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Zoom (for online classes and conferences 👍)

Official website: //zoom.us/

How to set up and use - learning Zoom [step by step]

This program is. one of the best solutions for online classes and video conferencing (despite all the additional options). Thanks to the specials. the online chalkboard can be visually drawn and shown on the screen, and all participants can be added to different subgroups (just like classes in a school ...). 👌

Sample Online Zoom Lesson

Features:

  1. up to 50 people can be invited to active video conference participants. (* for each person added to the chat - the load on the Internet connection increases);
  2. free conference time 40 min. (just the time of one lesson!);
  3. there is an online board on which you can show / draw something (very convenient for learning);
  4. the ability to record a conference;
  5. there is a screen sharing option;
  6. the ability to install on most modern smartphones and PCs.

Minuses:

  • creates a high load on the network and the CPU of the device;
  • the full version of the program is paid.

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Google duo

Official website: //duo.google.com/intl/ru/about/

This service is a video chat to which users can connect simultaneously from different devices: PCs, phones, smart displays, etc.

Google Duo for the web

Features:

  1. video chat simultaneously with 12 private traders;
  2. Google Duo app is preinstalled on many smartphones;
  3. PC users do not need to install anything - there is a web version;
  4. built-in "Tik-Tuk" function - you will see the caller even before the conversation starts;
  5. it is possible to send video messages;
  6. the service uses end-to-end encryption to reliably protect confidential data.

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Wechat

Official website: //www.wechat.com/ru/

An application from Chinese developers, a kind of analogue of WhatsApp (by the way, it is very popular in China). Allows you to exchange text, audio and video information between PC and smartphone users (Windows, Android, iPhone).

WeChat - screen of the main window of the PC version

Features:

  1. free video calls around the world (between different platforms and devices);
  2. the ability to quickly send your location;
  3. transfer of files (photos, videos, documents);
  4. the ability to create group chats (rooms);
  5. a fairly large number of stickers and icons: you can always convey your mood, attitude to a question or congratulate someone;
  6. built-in functions for those who want to get acquainted (the application will not only suggest potential candidates for dating, but also indicate their approximate location).

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Discord

Official website: //discordapp.com/

Instructions on how to use

In general, this program is more suitable for informal communication on the network (the so-called group chats on a variety of topics).

However, recently the program is in demand for voice and video communication. Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS.

Server Created / Discord Window Screen

Features:

  1. creating rooms with various rights for participants;
  2. the possibility of voice and video communication both "tete-a-tete" and in conference mode;
  3. the ability to invite to rooms only by "invites" (special encrypted links - that is, there will be no outsiders in the room);
  4. the ability to share your screen;
  5. rating messages in chats;
  6. a wide variety of icons for easy chatting.

The above, of course, is far from a complete list of all the features and options in Discord ...

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That's all for this sim today. Add-ons on the topic are always welcome!

Good luck!

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