Want to stay close to friends and family while you’re quarantined at home? There are so many different apps that give you a more personal connection to the people you care about. These five apps are a great way to stay in touch, while also adding a splash of fun.
Considering there are over one billion active Facebook users, it is very likely you’re already using Facebook Messenger to stay connected. Making calls from a Messenger chat is easy, just hit the video camera icon in the top right corner. You can have fun with Facebook’s custom filters and games while on a call with up to 50 participants.
If you are an Apple user who wants to video chat with another Apple user, this is a great option. This app is built into iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, Macs and other Apple products, so you will already have it downloaded. Find and click the FaceTime app, search for the Apple user you want to call, and chat. You can chat with up to 32 people at the same time. They also have some fun effects you can play around with.
Snapchat allows you to stay connected in many ways, but unless the recipient saves or screenshots your message, it will disappear forever. Snapchat’s fun filters and personal Bitmojis make it even more interesting to use, and the other person can check their snaps when they are available. Create groups of up to 32 of your favorite people and you can chat, hold group calls, and discover celebrity accounts you want to follow.
The Marco Polo app is like a walkie talkie, but with video. This app is all about connecting with your friends and family through video. Doing something cool? Film it on Marco Polo for your favorite people to see. Need to send family updates? Record yourself instead of texting. Unlike Snapchat, these videos don’t go away. You can create a group of up to a max of 200 people! This app encourages you to build better relationships through video.
Need to stay up to date with your team? Zoom is a popular videoconferencing app in the business community because it offers quality video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing performance. If you need a great app for your work team to collaborate on, consider Zoom. It offers free, 40-minute conference calls with up to 100 attendees and is easy to use – people don’t even need a login to access a meeting! Have fun with custom virtual backgrounds, and you can even mute participants if needed.
As you can see, there are many ways to stay in touch with not only friends and family, but with your work teams as well. If you need any help downloading, setting up or learning these apps, our Technology Solutions Specialists are available at just $15 per 15 minutes of training.