Facetime for Android – Is it possible? 5 Facetime Alternatives
If you were once an iPhone user and switched to Android, you might miss FaceTime video calls. While FaceTime is exclusive to iOS users, there are several ways to make video calls with your friends and family using this Google platform. Sorry to disappoint, there’s no native version of FaceTime for Android platform because it’s a propriety app owned and developed by Apple. What you can use though are the best video calling apps in the Android Market.
Five Facetime Alternatives for Android users:
Let’s start with Google’s own version of FaceTime on Android app. Hangouts app carries Google’s signature minimalist design, with some really amazing online communication features like emojis, group calls and all the synchronization from other Google products.
Install the Google Hangouts app from Google Play store. It’s free and all you need to use it is a Google account. The best part on this FaceTime Android alternative is that it works on cross platform version of the app.
Launch the app and sign in.
Before we go through calling mode, tap on settings first to configure app profile settings. You can upload your own profile photo, description and other status details. This will help other identify who you are when calling other Google contacts.
Back to main menu, tap on the plus sign to start adding contacts. If you have contacts on your Gmail or Google+, all of that will be automatically synchronized with your Hangouts account.
Select the contact you want to talk to. It’ll open a chat window where you can send/receive messages.
On top of the contact chat page, tap on the camera icon to start video call.
Skype is free-to-use, and offers free calls, free video calls, and free unlimited messages! In many ways this app might even be the best Facetime for Android option. It has app versions for Android, iOS and desktop OS, and has over four million users all over the world. Chances are with this coverage, all your friends and you have accounts already. If you haven’t tried it, now is the time!
Download and install Skype on your mobile. You can get the installer directly through Google Play or download the Android version first in your PC and then transfer it to your mobile.
Once installed, launch the app and sign-in. If you still don’t have an account, go ahead and create one. It’s free and very easy to complete.
Go to settings and put a check on the “Enable Video Calling” option. You can also customize other call and privacy settings there.
Back to the main menu, tap on the “Add Contact” icon (human icon in sky blue circle with plus sign beside it).
Type in your friend’s username in Skype and click on search. Choose the contact and add it to your list. If there are too many identical usernames, look for identifying clues like the location, photo. To find the exact match, you can also use your friend’s contact email to search for his/her username.
Once added to your contacts list, tap it to access contact details.
Tap on the video camera icon to make a video call, or just the call icon for a voice call. If your friend is online and answers your call, the app will automatically launch your phone camera.
This Skype competitor app has millions of users around the globe in its following. A better FaceTime for Android alternative, it’s also available not just with Android, but also for Apple, Blackberry, Nokia and Windows OS phones and PC. There’s nothing really different or unique on this communication platform, just like other apps, you can make free VOIP calls as long as you have data.
Download and install the Viber Android version to your phone.
Launch and Sign in to the app.
Tap on the Contacts list and select the people you want to add on your personal folder. This will add the contact on your device.
Back to main menu, tap on your local Viber Contact List and select the person you want to talk to.
Tap on “Free Call”.
Once the call is connected or the other person already answered, tap on the option “Video Call”. Just like other video calling apps, the video function must be activated separately by both people on the line. Even when you’ve turned on the video on your end, the other person has to do the same for you to see him/her on that live video call.
Launched last 2007, OoVoo is a video calling app that are popular in the younger crowds. This FaceTime Android alternative works cross-platform – has versions for iOS, Windows phone and desktop OS, and for Amazon Fire. Similar to other apps in this list, you can send messages and connect voice calls and video calls. What’s unique on this FaceTime for Android option that will make you a convert? ooVoo lets you conduct conference calls for up to 12 friends!
Start with downloading and installing the app from Google Play Store.
Launch the app and sign-in. If you still don’t have an account, tap on the sign-up button for online account setup.
Once logged-in, you’ll notice that’s like a social network on its own. You can upload a profile image and add descriptions about yourself.
To initiate a video call, tap on the camera icon just right below your profile picture or status message.
Select the person you want to call and click on “Go”.
Another way to start a video call is to open the chat window with a contact. Right above the window, tap on the video camera to start the video call.
Zoom Cloud Meeting:
Let’s admit it, FaceTime for Android will never come, but this might be the best for all. If you look for alternatives, you might get surprised that there are more versatile apps. Zoom Cloud Meetings is one example on how video calling transcends the regular app market. Apart from IM chat and video calling, this FaceTime Android substitute can be used for conference calls and mobile screen sharing. It’s geared more for business users, you can share your notes or presentation from your mobile to all the people connected in the conference call. You can use your Facebook or Google account to sign in to Zoom Cloud Meetings, or open a free account at www.zoom.us
Go to Google Play store and download Zoom Cloud Meetings app.
Install on your Android phone and sign in.
You’ll have three main options in the app: join meetings, host or schedule one. If you just want to make a one-on-one call, tap on the contacts button and select the person you want to call.