The Best Video Chat Apps You Could Be Using Instead of Zoom

We’re all adjusting to a new way of living with a lot more video chatting in it, and Zoom has been riding the highest wave as a result—it’s fast, it’s simple, and it gets a whole load of people together on screen, even if they don’t have Zoom accounts. Zoom isn’t, however, your only video chatting option.

Even if you end up sticking with Zoom for virtual office meetings and remote pub quizzes, it’s a good idea to make yourself aware of the various other options out there, as they might better suit your requirements—they all let you hold free meetings longer than 40 minutes in length, for example. We’ve outlined six of our favorites below.

Don’t necessarily assume you need to jump from Zoom though, especially as it’s now tightened up its security practices. There are reasons Zoom’s popularity has exploded: It’s really simple to use, it manages calls with lots of participants well, and it includes more advanced features (like screen sharing and scheduled meetings) that some other apps don’t have.

It’s surprising that Bluejeans didn’t make this list. Many national organizations who provide virtual support groups have standardized on Bluejeans.

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