How to Make Video Calls between Android and iPhone (6 Methods)

One of the joys of modern technology is the ability to make video calls from a mobile handset or tablet. It’s a futuristic feature that seemed unthinkable a few decades ago, so it’s a shame that there can sometimes be issues with cross platform support across different devices.

Thankfully, there are numerous apps that can be used a bridge to make video calls between different devices. If you want to find out how to make free video calls between Android and IOS, here’s a list with six options to choose from.

Facetime:

In short, there is no way you can use FaceTime to video call an Android device.

Apple’s architecture is locked, which means FaceTime can only be used for video calls between Apple devices. Thankfully, there are a number of competitors on the market offering cross-platform support for other devices, with most offering high-quality video calls for little to no cost.

 

Method 1: Skype (Free with Paid Features)

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Skype is one of the best-known video chat applications worldwide. It operates with a freemium model that offers cheap call rates to other devices.

If you’re looking for a no-nonsense app that will handle your needs, Skype has a few different payment models. If you want completely free video calls, try one of the other apps on this list.

Skype was named as one of the sources that gave the NSA access to encrypted information to enable Prism in 2013, but it’s unrealistic to expect better privacy from any of the others on this list, so don’t let that hold you back.


Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can chat with other users by:

  1. Signing in to the Skype app on your device.
  2. Navigate to the People
  3. Tap on the contact you would like to call.
  4. Tap the Phone icon located at the bottom of the screen.
  5. From the call itself, you can turn the camera, microphone and speakers on and off by using the icons at the bottom.

Here’s a video from Skype that takes you through the steps:

Skype may not be as flashy as many of the others on this list, but it’s just as effective.

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Method 2: Facebook Messenger (Free)

FB MessengerFacebook rolled out video calling earlier this year, with the service available in most countries. It’s accessible through the Facebook Messenger app, and it’s completely free of charge. This video calling app from Facebook supports phone calls from both platforms, and it has a number of added features.

Of course, you and the person you want to speak to need a Facebook account to use the service, but doesn’t everybody have one? There are roughly 1.49 billion active users per month, so there’s a good chance your contacts have an account.

  1. Download Facebook Messenger and make an account if you need to.
  2. Login to Messenger.
  3. Tap on the contact you want to call.
  4. You can access the video call feature by tapping the camera located in the top right corner of the app.
  5. This will allow you to make the call.

Android iOS Messenger

However, some users have reported that the video call feature has been removed from their device after a recent update, so if your phone has been affected try one of the other apps on this list.

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Method 3: Oovoo (Free with Paid Features)

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Oovoo offers free video calls, voice calls, and texts. If you want full freedom, Oovoo supports nearly every platform;

  • Amazon Fire Phone
  • 300+ Android Handsets and Tablets
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac
  • Windows Phone and PC

If (somehow) your device isn’t supported, check one of the other methods in the list.

If you want something a little different, Oovoo has a number of integrated social features that set it apart from the rest of the apps on this list. If you’re incredibly popular, it supports 12-way group chats, and it also allows you to record video calls on PC.

To make a video call on Oovoo:

  1. Download the app from the Play Store
  2. Make an account with either Facebook, Google or your email address.
  3. Go to your Friends List and choose who you would like to speak to.
  4. Tap the camera icon near their profile photo to start the video call.

It’s not the best-known app on this list, but it’s definitely worth a try if you want to video chat with a large variety of devices.

Here’s a video showing Oovoo in action:

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Method 4: Tango (Paid Features)

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Tango is another video calling app that is big on social integration, with a variety of games on offer for both IOS and Android. On the homepage, it boasts the ability to help you meet new people, so if you want to find eleven friends for Oovoo, this could be the place to look.

Tango Social

It’s one of the most downloaded apps on Android, and the games are a great added feature if you want more than just video calling. There’s a lot of choice from RPG’s to puzzle games.

To start using Tango:

  1. Download the app from the Play Store and install to your device.
  2. Set up Tango by confirming your name, number, and email address.
  3. Tango will export your address book. You can use the tab at the top of the screen to switch between Tango contacts and your normal contacts.
  4. To make a video call, find the person you would like to call and tap their name.
  5. Start the call, and press the camera icon to begin video chat.

If the social aspects have you interested, it’s a worthy contender to the throne, while the games are a nice added bonus if you’re looking for extras.

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Method 5: Google Hangouts (Free)

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Google Hangouts isn’t the most populated social platform, but it does allow you to make (mostly) free calls to phones within the US and Canada. International call rates for Google Hangouts are listed here.

Hangouts is highly rated by users, and it’s really simple to use. You can download the app from the Play Store, and it integrates with your Google account.(If you don’t have an account, they’re incredibly simple to make.)

Here’s how to make video calls on your device:

  1. Download the Hangouts app and sign in using your Google Account.
  2. Tap on the conversation or the person you would like to voice call, or tap the + icon to start a New Hangout.
  3. Tap the video icon located in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  4. You will now be entering your video call and you should see yourself in the front camera as you dial.

As you can see, it’s extremely easy to use Hangouts, especially for Android users.

If you’re interested in more information, here’s our review of the Google Hangouts app.

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Method 6: Viber (Paid Features)

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Last, but by no means least, is Viber. There are roughly 606m users worldwide, and the app is localized in numerous languages if English isn’t your preference. It has (mostly) great reviews on the app store, and it’s free to call other devices that have Viber installed.

(The paid features are for making calls to non-Viber devices.)

  1. Download and install Viber for your device.
  2. Verify your number to make your account.
  3. It will then sync your contacts.
  4. Type in the name of the contact you want to call in the top search bar.
  5. Once you find the name, tap it.
  6. Tap Free Call.
  7. After the call has been connected, press the button labelled Video Call that appears on the screen.

Viber Video Call

  1. The other person will have to activate their video call function for it to work.

Viber is a great alternative to the others on this list, and it’s completely free with no adverts. What more could you ask for?

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Conclusion

One of the most annoying issues with different technological hardware is a lack of support across platforms. Most Xbox and PlayStation users love to pit their wits online and Android and Apple users are no different. Luckily, apps like Google Hangouts and Tango have you covered for video calls.


For deaf users, and others that need a video calling feature that works for everyone, it’s a definite must.

Were you able to make your video calls, or do you have a different app to tell us about? Let us know in the comments below, or you can also send us a message, (or a follow) on both Facebook and Twitter.

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Comments (68)

  1. Naomi Iezzis on

    I meant can you video call with facetime users if you have hangout ?

    • Sam on

      Yes, you can use Hangout to call people. You just need to install Hangout on both the mobile phone that you want to video call with. “Facetime” is the term generally used to describe Apple device to Apple device video call. If you want to video call someone across platform, you need to make sure you have an app that is available on both these platform. Eg: Hangout, Viber, Skype – These are all available across platforms.

  2. Nicole on

    Is there an app where the iphone user doesn’t have to install and only the android and it appears just like facetime

  3. Tyler on

    This is no help at all people aren’t looking for apps that you can use to video chat that’s what Skype is for. People want a way like apples FaceTime so that they can video chat with people we don’t want apps that the person on the other end has to download.

    • Dani on

      Tyler,
      Facetime is also an app. Similarly we have recommended such apps. Well google hasn’t released any app like apple’s facetime that is common across all android mobiles.

  4. Andrew on

    It seems like the people commenting here are pretty damn lazy and don’t want to take the 20 seconds needed to install an additional app on their phones.

    Just to clarify – Can Android users (whom already have Google Hangouts) video chat with iPhone users that have also downloaded Google Hangouts?

    I have Android, my wife has iPhone. Can we use Hangouts (for free) to video chat on the go using only our smartphones?

    Thank you for your assistance!

      • Carm on

        I think I just installed both tango and fring. Fring was requiring to get a form of payment to receive minutes but I only want to use the video call option, so I tried Tango. Is it possible to use both? And can I still continue to communicate using original regular texting and phone calling as usual?

  5. me on

    So basically long story short there is no way to facetime from iPhone to android without both the iPhone and the android user downloading the same app in the app store? I have Skype I don’t think I need to download any more apps. What I wanted was a way to have someone with an iPhone use the built in facetime app for Apple to face time me on my android without either of us having to download additional apps. But I’m guessing this is not possible since android doesn’t have facetime. Oh well at least I have skype.

    • Laura on

      This is exactly what I was looking for. We are an android family and most of my daughters’ friends have iPhones. They are always wanting to FaceTime. Their parents are opposed to downloading Hangouts (which we have and use) and swear up and down that we should be able to use FaceTime. I guess they will have to communicate like we did pre-smart phones.

  6. Betty on

    Dani, hi. Do fring and/or Tango permit you to face-talk while driving anywhere that you have service from cell-towers?

    Also, is Video Chat the same as just talking Face-to-Face? Or does that mean it’s video-ing the conversation for later playback?

    Thank you from a real Newbee.

  7. Rabbi Khan on

    I use skype and viber because these two are the best…skype is best for video calling and viber is best for audio calling.

  8. Gail on

    Used oovoo for a call from Montreal to Boston and it worked perfectly . Love all your tips . ..

    • Judy on

      Hi Cynthia,
      Google Hangouts is a great option. I use it all the time to talk to my sister. I would use my Android phone and she would be on her Mac. Hope this helps. =-)

  9. Shannon on

    I have found that video skype android to Skype iPhone (or vise versa) only one side gets the video and it can be on either side that has the issue.

    Think I’m going to get my iPhone contact to try hangouts since I’m already a user.

    LG G4 & Gpad.

    • Judy on

      Hi Shannon,
      Hangouts is a great option. I use it all the time. Let me know how it works out for you. Thanks for reading. =-)

  10. Kelly on

    I know this is an old thread, but I just stumbled upon it. With Skype – I’m not seeing the option to connect by video next to the people who I know have iPhones (I have Android). The Skype “help” website doesn’t seem to address this anywhere, unless maybe I’m not looking in the right place. I’ve been able to call them with audio, just not video. Can you offer any help? Or maybe it’s simply not an iPhone/Android “issue”, but something else entirely?

    • Judy on

      Hi Kelly,
      Have you given Skype or has it asked you for permission to use your camera? Device´s can be unpredictable and won´t always behave themselves, so maybe it never asked you and that´s why you can´t make video calls. Please check and let me know what happens. =-)

  11. Palesa on

    Hi. I am using an android and a friend of mine uses an iphone, I just want to know,how is the quality of both our front cameras affected by the app that we choose e.g. skype or hangouts?

    • Judy on

      Hi Palesa,
      I don’t see how the services you may use will hurt the quality, but there are things we can do to make video calls better such as good lighting and making sure the settings are just right. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  12. Le on

    Hi I have an android and my husband has an iphone …. what would be the best video app to download for both of us in order for us to just video chat with each other???

    • Loungen-X on

      Le, Based on this article and thread it likes the 2 most popular and/or reliable appear to be Skype and Google Hangouts.

  13. scott on

    Use Skype people. It works on all platforms. Android, iOS, Windows, OS X.

  14. TOMMY YANKA on

    Yo we need messages up and down you guys don’t even respond

  15. Debra on

    I’m want to put tango on my iphone and android. but, it wont allow it. I already have on
    my tablet. Now I want to it on my phone. I don’t carry my tablet all the time so I want to be
    alerted. I tried putting it (Tango) on the phone and it keeps saying we’re sending sms code to your number but, the phone never rings with a code like it did for the table! Please send help asp,
    thank you.

  16. Cool on

    I have just purchased an android tablet that I don’t plan to use as a phone, only connecting via wifi to the internet. Will any or all of these apps work on my tablet without a phone number, to connect with other android phones or iphones that have the same app?

  17. Breeanna Scuffham on

    I want to talk to my cousin video chat but he won’t use anything but FaceTime and I have an Android I don’t know what to do

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