As the coronavirus keeps most of us at home in our apartments, the lack of in-person human contact is less than ideal. Luckily there are many ways to stay connected while social distancing. We have put together a list of nine apps to help you stay-in-touch with family and friends.
Facetime is a free app that allows up to 32 people to connect straight from their Apple device. This app is built into every iOS device, so connecting with others is a breeze.
Google Hangouts can be used for messaging or free video or voice calls with one person or a whole group (up to 25 in fact). Hangouts is a free smartphone app or Google Chrome Extension. It can be used on any kind of smartphone and even has fun features like photos, stickers, and emojis.
Facebook offers a range of virtual connectivity options. In addition to sharing statuses and commenting on someone’s wall, there is Facebook Messaging, which can be between two people or a whole group, allowing for a chat or texting option. Facebook also has a new feature called Watch Party. With this feature, the host can pick out a queue of Facebook videos and line them up for the party. The host invites friends and they can see and hear each other, as well as comment on the videos. Bring on the goat videos!
Think of Marco Polo as email, but with videos. This app allows you to exchange video messages at your leisure. The app also stores your content, so they won’t disappear after you open them. Even better, it is ad-free.
An oldie but a goodie. Skype is one of the original (video) chat apps. It’s a great choice for groups of up to 50 people – you can even call landlines for a small fee.
Watch YouTube videos, hand-picked TV shows, and movies, or listen and share music with friends in realtime with Airtime.
Use the Houseparty split-screen feature and enjoy hanging out with seven of your closest friends and chat face-to-face.
Host long-distance movie nights with Netflix Party. Simply install the Google Chrome Extension to start binge-watching your favorite Netflix movies and shows while video chatting with your friends.
No, this isn’t an actual party – the Rave app allows you to sync video content from YouTube, Reddit, Google Drive, Dropbox and Viki with friends in real-time via chat and voice calls. Even enjoy an in-home karaoke party!
What other apps are you using to stay connected? Comment below!
Published at Sun, 12 Apr 2020 15:53:38 +0000