You’re here because there is a burning question that needs to be answered and answered right now!
You’re here because you want to know if you can FaceTime on Android.
The short answer is no you cannot FaceTime on Android.
It might be a deal breaker for many, but avid Android fans have always used other great FaceTime alternatives on Android. Video calling and voice over IP existed, long before Apple made it feel easy and seamless.
Apple is very protective of its intellectual properties; this includes FaceTime, as well as Siri. We have already covered some great Siri alternatives in a previous list. This list, however, will take care of all your video chatting and “FaceTiming” needs, all in one place.
There is no denying that Apple has made its first party video chatting app simple enough for anyone to just open the app and use it. The app is very user-friendly and allows you to just talk. While I couldn’t be without the customization and flexibility of Android, I can also appreciate the simplicity and ease of use Apple provides. There are, however, apps that are great FaceTime alternatives for Android, some even offer more options and flexibility than FaceTime.
Note: All of the FaceTime alternatives on Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy Note III smartphone and a standard Wi-Fi connection. I have also tested most of the apps on 4G LTE and they worked great. You will need a stable internet connection for the apps to work at their full potential. Some older smartphones may not be able to run all the apps.
Skype – free IM & video calls
This is the number one video chatting app on Android for many reasons. One of the biggest is the simplicity and clean interface. Microsoft has made Skype as easy as possible to use and it shows. Many apps these days have tried to copy the interface and design of Skype.
I have been using this handy application with my friends while gaming. It’s one of the most stable apps to chat available on Android or Windows.
Sure, there are some occasional problems, but overall Skype for Android provides the best video chatting experience. You can call landline numbers across the world at extremely cheap rates if you want. Sharing pictures, videos and even files is a matter of few taps.
Unlike Apple’s FaceTime, this app is available on iPhones, Androids, iPads, tablets, PCs, Macs and even on some TVs. I recommend this app to everyone, even though they already own an Apple device.
Skype Vs FaceTime
Skype holds its grounds remarkably well against the Apple giant. Personally, I find Skype to be better because it is capable with virtually on every device there is. Yes, Apple users can also use this great app. However, Skype is not integrated with the OS itself, so FaceTime has a slight edge there.Show Downloads
Google’s Hangouts gets a lot of hate from many users. However, I have seen the app improve gradually and now it’s stable and works wonderfully. I get the hate, though; the app promised some features that were never implemented. I watched the keynote Google delivered about this app, and was disappointed to see some of the things not coming to fruition.
Fast forward a lot of time; Hangouts has come a long way. I use it regularly to voice chat with fellow Joy of Android colleagues and editors. We also hold our monthly meetings on Hangouts and rarely have any problems. The call sometimes drops after an hour or so, though, for some reason, but that is very rare.
The video chat is highly accessible and works fine on almost any device. I video chat with my Android oriented friends using this clean and easy app and the experience has been stellar.
Hangouts Vs FaceTime
Hangouts is to Android what FaceTime is to iOS. I’ll be fair here, FaceTime does have a slightly better interface than Hangouts, at least for me. However, the versatility of Hangouts is second to none. Google has certainly improved their premier chatting app and are going in the right direction. As of now, Hangouts provides a commendable chatting experience.Show Downloads
Back when it was introduced, Facebook Messenger caused mass-anger. I was one of the people who lashed out at Facebook for forcing me to use another useless app for messaging. That was true at that time—Facebook Messenger was just a chunk of features torn away from the main app. Now, the app is anything but that. It has expanded and grown exponentially and is actually one of the most refined chat apps available on Android.
The chatting is stellar, link and photo sharing works flawlessly and even video chats have a great quality. In short, if you are already using the Facebook social media app, Facebook Messenger deserves a chance. One good thing about this messenger is that it takes the contacts straight from your friend list on Facebook, so almost everyone you know is already added.
Facebook Messenger Vs FaceTime
I can’t believe I’m saying this… Facebook Messenger seems a lot more convenient than using FaceTime. I remember trying that app on my iPhone 5s back in the day and I hated it. Now, I find Facebook Messenger a lot easier to use than FaceTime.
The simple reason is, all of my friends are on Facebook and are usually online. FaceTime has already alienated around 80% of my friends thanks to its leech like association with iOS, so no surprises there. Facebook Messenger may not have a flashy interface, but it does provide a surprisingly convenient way to talk to your friends.Show Downloads
I didn’t give this app a chance because I was already using other alternatives. When I came around to testing Viber, I was pleasantly surprised. At first, the app looked like a color swapped Whatsapp and many people brush it off as a Whatsapp knock-off. However, during my real time testing I found Viber provides better quality audio.
The best thing about this app?
It doesn’t use a lot of mobile data. I talked to my cousin in the UK for around 34 minutes and it only consumed around 6 MB of data which was remarkable. The compression algorithm this app uses is highly sophisticated because I didn’t even hear that annoying electronic “hiss”.
I would use this app if I need an inexpensive calling service while on the go. The video calling is also good, but not amazing. Skype is still my go to app for video chats.
Viber Vs FaceTime
This app is a mixed bag; on one hand, it does provide a solid voice chatting platform. On the other hand, the video quality is simply not on par with FaceTime. I would flat-out say that FaceTime is the better option here if you are looking for some digital face time with others. If you are looking to simply have a voice time, this app will save you a lot of money.Show Downloads
imo free video calls and chat
IMO is another great app that essentially gives you FaceTime on Android… and in style too. The app is simple to use and follows a clean design formula. You will need no time getting used to the app and start video chatting. One of the things I noticed about the app is that the calls never dropped during testing.
Skype has a problem where sometimes a longer call will drop and you need to call again. I used this app to chat during an intense gaming session of League of Legends. The games lasted around 2 hours and this app helped me maintain clear contact with my partner throughout that session. There are tons of other features available on the app as well, but nothing stands out as being extraordinary. You can do everything on IMO that any other video chatting app does.
IMO Vs FaceTime
It comes down to personal preferences in this comparison. While I certainly admire the simplicity and responsiveness of FaceTime, IMO has its uses too. The younger crowd can actually have a lot of fun with the stickers here. The extended chatting sessions with friends are welcome as well.Show Downloads
Tango – Free Video Call & Chat
I really appreciate a good design and Tango comes with one of the best ones around. While the design is certainly not original, the color scheme and some elements make it highly usable. Tango puts all of the essential functions at the bottom of the screen, which is indecently the easiest to reach side. I would’ve never noticed other apps put their buttons in such hard to reach spots if I hadn’t tried out Tango for myself. Every app should follow this design feature.
I hate getting hand cramps trying to reach the call button on the top of the screen, especially when I’m using a phablet with one hand. Tango also provides some of the best quality video calls I have seen on Android.
Does Tango rival Skype?
No, but it does get close. If the app amped up its background noise cancellation, it can become the best in business.
Tango Vs FaceTime
FaceTime doesn’t work well on slower internet connections. Tango doesn’t work well on slower internet connections either. Both have a good user interface.Show Downloads
ooVoo Video Call, Text & Voice
I don’t know how to pronounce the name of this app and why it is called that. However, that’s the only confusing thing about using this great app on your Android. The app gives you easy video calling and multiple ways to text. The app also comes with a group chat feature that is absolutely essential to talk to multiple friends.
My high school buddies are all away from home and it was really nice talking to them all at once using this app. Sadly, the call dropped 3 times in a short 20 minute conference call.
The video and audio quality was magnificent though. I used a standard and stable Wi-Fi connection, one friend used a 4G connection and the other used a free coffee shop Wi-Fi. ooVoo had no trouble keeping the audio and video at an amazing quality.
ooVoo Vs FaceTime
Want to chat with more than 4 people at once? Get ooVoo and you can do just that. The app will require a better internet connection to work flawlessly though. FaceTime is lacking in some of those features.Show Downloads
LINE: Free Calls & Messages
This one is relatively new on the market, but has gained a name for itself. Line Messenger is essentially a great chatting app with the added benefit of sending countless stickers. The stickers are a great way to express yourself without actually typing anything.
The sound quality of the audio calls is top notch. There was some distortion during one of the calls, but I chalk it up to an anomaly. The video calling features are pretty standard, but they do get the job done.
While the app is great and all, I just don’t see myself returning to it very often. It’s not like the app isn’t good, it’s because I already have some go to apps that work fine for me. There is nothing remarkable or unique except for the stickers, which may be substantial incentive for many, but not for me.
Line Vs FaceTime
Line is a good app but there is nothing extraordinary about it.
Is Line a good replacement for FaceTime on Android?
Yes it is.
Is there something special about it?
I couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary.Show Downloads
WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most used texting apps around the world. I use it daily as a way to text my friends and family. So why is it so low on the list? Because it doesn’t have video chat capabilities.
Recently the app started a voice-calling feature making it even more useful. I’ll be honest here, I use this app to share small videos and pictures of myself with friends and family.
I don’t actually post pictures on Facebook, so this is one of the best ways for me to share personal moments with a few loved ones. The voice calling takes remarkably low bandwidth and consumes very little data. The video forwarding also takes just a few KBs because it is saved on a server—it is deleted after a while, though.
Whatsapp Vs FaceTime
If simple texting is your jam, then Whatsapp is what you need. The app also allows you to send pre-recorded messages to contacts. The big downside is the lack of video chatting features that clearly makes FaceTime the winner here.Show Downloads
This app is made by an Indian developer and is mainly targeted to the Indian audience. The app has a fantastic interface that is not only easy to use, but also easy on the eyes. I like how well managed all of the features are on this messenger.
If you are an Indian and need a local messenger that understands the trends, this is the right app for you. No other app will remotely come close to producing hilarious Bollywood jokes via stickers. The stickers range from international humor to local Indian phrases.
Hike Vs FaceTime
No video chatting means that Hike is already out of the question for many people. The app is already limited to South Asia with its feature set, so obviously FaceTime beats it in general standards.Show Downloads
I wanted to get FaceTime on Android and easily talk to my friends who are using an iPhone. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen anytime soon. Unless Android and iOS shake hands or Google and Apple hug it out, we won’t be getting FaceTime on Android smartphones.
Thankfully, almost every app listed here is freely available on iOS, Android, and even Windows phones. In all honesty, I would always choose an app that doesn’t discriminate usage depending on the hardware. Skype was and is my favorite video chatting app and has been for a very long time.
What app will you be using to see your friends and family? Tell us why you use a specific app the comments below.