How To Video Chat and Stay In Touch With Others Using Your Apple Devices

Your Mac, iPhone or iPad can be used as a way to video chat with others while you are stuck at home away from friends, family, work or school. Technology can help with social distancing. FaceTime is great for Apple-to-Apple communication. Skype and Facebook Messenger can be used for cross-platform communication or with those who are more comfortable with those services.

Comments: 10 Responses to “How To Video Chat and Stay In Touch With Others Using Your Apple Devices”

    Will
    12 months ago

    Zoom seems to be popular in the academic community because it is stable and allows multiple simultaneous users. I have tried Skype with multiple simultaneous users but got into a mess with it because people kept dropping out. I guess any advice you can give about stability, multiple users and options when broadband width begins to run out would be helpful.

    12 months ago

    Will: Zoom is pretty good for multiple users, yes. I haven’t done Skype with many users before.

    Scott Hagarty
    11 months ago

    Gary:

    I know that Facetime is very secure, can you advise if Skype is? We need to contact our clients who don’t own Apple products via a secure system.

    Thanks

    11 months ago

    Scott: I have no idea how secure Skype is. What sort of clients? I know medical professionals need to use HIPPA-compliant apps. I don’t know if Skype is. But I’m sure you can look on Microsoft’s Skype info to find out.

    Gene
    11 months ago

    Must one’s device be on Wi-Fi to use FaceTime? Other apps for video conferencing?

    11 months ago

    Gene: No. You can use it over any Internet connection that is robust enough. People use FaceTime on their iPhones via mobile networks all the time.

    Jim Terrinoni
    11 months ago

    Excellent and timely. Keep up your fabulous work.

    Carol
    11 months ago

    Google Duo between Mac (iPhone or computer and Windows/PC/Android

    Kathleen Santelle
    11 months ago

    Face Time question: I am setting up a group face time chat with 9 members. One member can only see 1 person and not the group. She is using an iPad that is 2 years old. How can I get her to be part of the group?

    11 months ago

    Kathleen: Hard to guess what could be wrong. Are they using the most up-to-date version of iPadOS?

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