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How to FaceTime on Android

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Written by Hassan Abbas

FaceTime on Android: For a long time, Android lovers have a desire for a platform that offers the same abilities as that of iMessage on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. After different attempts, Google started rolling out RCS as an alternative to iMessage on Android but only to users in the US.

Except for iMessage, it is Apple’s FaceTime that is widely used on iPhones, iPads, and Macs and the app is designed to make video calling easy between Apple’s devices.

What is Facetime

FaceTime is a video-calling application. It is designed for use on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This service works on mobile data and WiFi. The service comes preinstalled with any Apple device and it offers advanced messaging capabilities, message syncing across devices, large-sized media, and delivery receipts.

Can You Use FaceTime on Android?

Let’s keep things simple, the answer is NO. As it is a closed software, so the app won’t be available outside the Apple ecosystem and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. So, if you’re want to FaceTime a friend from your Android phone, unfortunately, you’re out of luck.

Here are the best alternatives for you:

Best Alternatives to FaceTime on Android

Here are a few apps (mention below) that offer video calling on Android phones having the same level of quality as on FaceTime. All of the apps below should work for you no matter which Android device (Google, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG, Motorola, etc.) you own.

Google Duo

What we like: Works on Android and iOS, Simple, Knock Knock functionality

What we don’t like: Nothing besides video calling

Recently Android phones ship with the Google Duo app pre-installed. The app is available on both Android and iOS devices. Calls can be just like on FaceTime and you can leave a video message (same as voicemail) when the recipient doesn’t answer your call

Besides, there’s a Knock Knock feature that enables users to see who is calling. Giving a live video preview. All calls are protected with end-to-end encryption, just like FaceTime to ensure privacy. Duo also supports group video calling to up to 8 people.

Google Hangouts

What we like: Runs on Android, iOS, and Web, video calling with screen sharing

What we don’t like: Could be a little difficult for many

Google offers a secondary video calling option in Hangouts that works on Android and iOS in addition to the web. While Duo only supports video calls, Hangouts comes with full message-sharing functionalities including text messages, and voice calling.

Besides, Hangouts offers a built-in screen sharing option, conversation history, and location sharing. Users can make audio calls to other Google Hangouts users and can also disable their microphones from within a video call without ending the session.

WhatsApp

What we like: Supports iOS, Android and Web, Share anything for free

What we don’t like: Nothing exactly!

All iPhone and Mac users use FaceTime. WhatsApp is used by almost any smartphone user, be it on Android or iOS. The app has been a go-to chat service across different regions and its video calling functionality is quite popular as well.

Calls and chats are encrypted like on FaceTime. Except for video calls, you can send and receive audio or video messages within the app. The service also comes with desktop and web clients for replying to messages on a PC.

Facebook Messenger

What we like: Most commonly used since everyone is on Facebook, Mobile & Web support

What we don’t like: Won’t work without a Facebook account, unnecessary notifications

WhatsApp might have been a no-brainer but there’s another Facebook product that might interest you if you’re searching for making video calls from an Android phone – Facebook Messenger. The app is an established service alongside Facebook, meaning you won’t need to convince people to install it.

Chats are end-to-end encryption even in groups. Calling and texts are possible on mobile data or WiFi. It runs on all platforms including Android, iOS, and can thus be used to make video calls no matter which device you’re using.

Skype

What we like: Simple UI, Cross-platform support, group video calling a maximum of 25 people

What we don’t like: Complex pricing scheme

Skype was the first video calling service that went mainstream. Skype offers group video calling up to 25 people simultaneously. The app is compatible with Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows and can even be used on some smart TVs and gaming consoles.

You can send and receive text messages on Android can also read SMS messages. Skype offers a live transcription of the video if the language is supported. The service comes close to replicating FaceTime on Android and also offers the ability to take a screenshot during a video call, just like on Apple’s video calling service.

Snapchat

What we like: Supports video calling to a maximum of 16 people, augmented reality sticker

What we don’t like: Difficult to use since it’s a photo chatting app, Can’t be accessed on desktops

Snapchat came as a self-destructing image sharing platform but has lately branched into a full-fledged messaging service with many social features. The app is available on iOS and Android it asks for an account to be set up by using your email address instead of a phone number.

While the app is used to send snapshots and short videos. Users can also make video calls to a single person or within a group to up to 16 people at once. Users can also share stories for a day’s viewing, use filters, Bitmojis, and augmented reality stickers in their videos for a change.

Viber Messenger

What we like: Cross-platform support, group texting with 250 people

What we don’t like: mobile calls are paid thus useless, no video group calling support

Viber is another calling app to a messaging platform. The app is cross-platform and thus supports Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux. Besides, Viber also comes with Android Wear support.

While it offers high-quality video calls. Group calling is only allowed with audio. The Viber offers feature low-cost calls to landline phones locally and internationally. The messaging app also provides group texting with support for up to 250 members.

Line

What we like: Supports more platforms than any other service, group video calling to 200 people

What we don’t like: Not simple for video calling alone, too many social media features

The line is a WhatsApp replacement. It comes with voice and video calling, text messaging and group texts. The service is accessible across more platforms than others including Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome OS, and Firefox OS.

One of the highlights features of Line is its support for up to 200 participants when making video calls. Other features include in-call polls, filters, stickers, in-app lock, and international landline calling.

Will you ever get FaceTime for Android?

FaceTime on Android is a curious hope. When Steve Jobs released it in 2010, he ensures to make the video calling app open for everyone but Apple is yet to execute that.

Conclusion:

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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