Video Calling

With many people isolated in their homes, video calling is a great way to see the smiling faces of your loved ones. Here are some of the best resources we've found on how to set up video calls. This is a selection of 'how to' guides, articles, website and information guides on the topic of video calling.

If you're unsure of where to start, click on the purple icon to go to our Tech Talk on Video Calling. This is a brief introduction to the topic, and is the basis for the Tech Talks at our events.

To find out more about any of the resources below, click on the image or 'read more' link.

News and Web Articles

Step-by-step guide: How to video call your family

If you are self-isolating at home, video-chatting can help you stay in touch with your friends and family. This guide will show you how to make a video call using a smartphone, or receive one using your desktop computer - or help you explain how to do so to others.

Step by step: how to make a video call on your computer or smartphone - Which? News

As government advice has us self-isolating, and limiting physical contact with friends and family, tech can play an important role in staying connected. Text messages are invaluable, but you might get more comfort from a video call. As long as you have a camera-equipped computer, smartphone or tablet, you can make video calls free of charge to the people who matter the most.

FaceTime: The ultimate guide

FaceTime is Apple's video and audio calling service. Think of it as a phone that uses your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection instead of traditional phone lines. You can use it from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, to call anyone else using any one of those devices.

'How To' guides

Make calls with Google Duo

You can make video or audio calls to anyone in your contacts. Learn how you can find and add people to call. All calls, including international ones, are made through your mobile data plan or a Wi-Fi connection, so you won't use your mobile minutes. If you use your mobile data, charges may apply.

WhatsApp FAQ - Making video calls

Making video calls - Video Calling lets you video call your contacts using WhatsApp. On Android, video calling is only available on Android 4.1+. If your phone's operating system isn't supported, video calling won't be available to you. Note: Make sure you have a strong Internet connection when placing or receiving video calls.

Use FaceTime with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Learn how to use FaceTime to make video and audio calls from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can use FaceTime over Wi-Fi1 or over mobile data on supported iOS or iPadOS devices2 .

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