How to use Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts to make video group calls during coronavirus self-isolation

With more of us having to spend time indoors due to the coronavirus outbreak, virtual communication is key, and various apps like Zoom are here to help.

Many people across the world have been asked to stay at home due to coronavirus lockdownCredit: Alamy Facebook's Messenger app is primarily used for sending messages, but also includes a video chat option, making it a convenient choice for those who are on the social media platform all the time anyway.

If the person you want to talk to is also a Facebook Messenger user, you can initiate a video or audio call with them through the app.

If you’re playing host, it’ll be easier to set up the call if you’re on a laptop or desktop computer, but other participants don’t have to be.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, it operates seamlessly, letting you start a video chat with any of your contacts the same way you would a phone call or text message.

While FaceTime's primary purpose is video chatting, as its name suggests, you can also do audio-only calls if you're in a place with a Wi-Fi or data connection but poor phone signal.

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