Video conferencing apps are now becoming essential for us to stay in touch with loved ones and friends. It is now easier to connect and find the app of your choice. Here are some of the most popular with some really great features and ease of use!
Zoom, MS Teams, Google Meet, Messenger, Facetime, Skype, What'sApp and many more.
Here are some ideas to help you choose the best and safest app to video chat online.
Things to consider:
- Do you and your friends/loved ones have devices that connect to the internet and offer good speed?
- What is your data allowance on your mobile phone? Video conferencing takes more data than email!
- Apple and Android? PC or mobile phone?
- Participant numbers
- Time limit for video calls
- Live transcription? For participants that have hearing difficulties or poor audio quality
There are a number of simple, easy, free online courses from Be Connected,an Australian eSafety training organisation.
Making Video calls with Skype, Facetime and What'sApp
All about Apps including how to download them.
All about data with your internet plans.
Jul/Aug 2020 Computer Choice: Lockdown and meet up (PDF, 2MB) .
This provides a simple and easy to use listing of the main videoconferencing apps. Indicates devices, maximum participant numbers, support, security tips.
Skype is a popular video conferencing and calling software. However, Microsoft will migrate all Skype for Business to Microsoft (MS) Teams by July 2021.
Zoom meeting software. We are now holding events online using Zoom and have basic help for users.
- Ensure that your video calls are only available to the participants you want. No "Zoom bombing" by people you don't know.
- Enable password access to your video calls
- Talk to participants about recording the calls.
- Understand how to turn off your video if you wish to not be recorded.
- Create your own background so that what's behind your face is what you want shown. (Not your messy room or family faces)
- Use your own internet connection, wifi or mobile data. Not third party sites ( such as libraries!)
Test your system
Test your internet, audio and video settings before calling. Most apps have support where you can test your equipment
Test Zoom meeting