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My Top 3 Video Call Apps

My Top 3 Video Call Apps

Hey everyone.

I’m just going to dive right in!

This lockdown has been really tough for lots of us for different reasons. For me as a student, it’s been a difficult adjustment with my course moving online part-way through the academic year and being physically disconnected from my uni friends and tutors.

All hope is not lost though, as I’ve managed to stay connected with people from my course and that’s been helpful and given us all tonnes of support. Staying connected with friends and family has been a bonus too, especially for all of the quarantine birthdays (shout out to you if you’ve had one).

So today I wanted to share my top 3 video call apps that have helped me to stay connected with the people in my circle, and you will hopefully find it useful too.

WhatsApp

There are loads of people that can’t do without this app, it’s so intuitive which means that it’s super simple to use, whether you’re a tech novice or an expert.

I’ve been using this messaging app for years now and the built-in video call feature is so convenient, especially since the lockdown, I’ve been on quite a few video calls with friends and family.

WhatsApp allows up to 8 people on a video call at the same time, so from one-to-one video calls to group calls, this app is definitely one of my favourites for keeping in contact with people.

Trying to keep on top of self-study at home has been a learning curve (no pun intended – haha) so with WhatsApp, I’ve switched off notifications to minimise distractions while I’m in study mode and that’s worked well for me.

Zoom

I must admit, this has been my go-to for most of my video calls since the lockdown, and I personally love the fact that it allows multiple people on the same time along with some fun features.

The whiteboard is a great fun feature for playing games like Pictionary with family members and it’s one of the apps that I hope to keep using once we’ve come through this season.

From a safety and security perspective, the waiting room function allows the host to control when a person joins the call. OK, so you might not need to use this function with family and friends but it can be useful for important calls like web conferences etc.

Anyway, another thing to bear in mind is that there is a 40-minute time limit with video calls of 3 or more participants on Zoom, but usually 40 mins is enough.

House Party

This app is an all rounder and it’s one that I only discovered during the lockdown period.

It has games such as Trivia and Quick Draw (similar to the whiteboard on Zoom) and honestly, it’s so worth using, even if you’re only using the high-quality video call function.

So the lockdown is gradually easing after a very lllooonnnggg couple of months and I sure am thankful for these apps that have helped us to stay connected with the people we love and care about.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend everyone.

SBS



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