The 7 Best Apps to Make Free Group Conference Calls
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You probably know that there’s no shortage of apps to make one-on-one video calls. But those looking for a conference call app for video chats between multiple people have plenty of choices too.

Nobody wants to work with a complicated service or pay money to join a group call. So next time you need to video chat with several people, take a look at these conference call apps.

1. Appear.in

Appear.in offers simple video conferencing for small meetings. While it’s not quite as easy as it once was, it’s still a quick tool for ad-hoc meetings.

First, you’ll need to visit the site and sign up for an account. Once that’s done, you can create a chatroom with the URL of your choice. Simply send that link to your friends through text, email, or any other means and they can instantly join you (without signing up on their own). There’s no software to download and any modern browser will work fine.

The service allows up to four people in one room. You can “lock” a room if you’re the owner, which requires guests to “knock” when they visit the link. This lets you see who’s trying to join and deny them if you see fit. Appear.in also includes screen sharing and text chat features.

While other tools offer more functionality, Appear.in is a solid choice for quick, simple meetings with no setup. It’s perfect for chatting with folks who aren’t tech-savvy. You can subscribe to upgrade to the Pro plan, but that’s not necessary for most people.

2. Google Duo

While Google’s Hangouts is a fine conference video call app, we’ve chosen to highlight Duo here because it’s newer, sleeker, and a bit easier to use. You only need to provide your phone number to start using it, instead of signing up for a whole Google account.

Google Duo is a dead-simple app for making group video calls containing up to eight people. It works via apps for Android or iOS, as well as the Duo Web interface. This makes it a good fit if you want to start a group call of people on different types of devices.

If you need power meeting features, it’s best to look elsewhere. But Duo makes video calls simple, which means it’s worth keeping around.

Download: Google Duo for Android | iOS (Free)

3. FreeConference

True to its name, FreeConference offers powerful video conference calls at no cost. You’ll find more business-oriented features on this service than the others, such as dial-in numbers for audio participants. FreeConference lets you schedule meetings and send out reminders automatically, but you can also start meetings instantly if you don’t need advance notice.

Calls feature screen sharing as well as moderator controls so you can easily mute noisy callers. You’ll also receive summaries of meetings once they’re done and can keep track of your meetings with the mobile calling apps.

The free plan is limited to 400 audio callers (with free international dial-in) and five users in the online meeting. You’ll have to upgrade to a paid plan to raise those numbers and add features like call recording, but you shouldn’t need them for personal use.

4. WhatsApp

One of the world’s most popular messengers also doubles as a group call app. While its video calls only support four participants, the ubiquity of WhatsApp means you probably know plenty of people who use it. There’s value in being able to make a call without having to install a new app or sign up for anything.

Simply start a video call with one contact, then you can bring additional people into the call. This feature only works on the mobile apps, since WhatsApp Web doesn’t support calls. See our guide to WhatsApp video calling for more information.

Download: WhatsApp for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Skype / Skype for Business Basic

No list of group calling apps could be complete without Skype, if for no other reason than many people you know likely already use it. Using mobile apps for Android or iOS, desktop apps on Windows or Mac, or via Skype’s web app, the service lets you connect with your friends for easy video calls. Screen sharing is supported as well.

A maximum of 25 people can join a group voice chat, while video calls are limited to 10 people. Note that Skype’s fair usage policy holds that a group video call can only last for four hours. You shouldn’t have any problem calling a handful of friends, as long as each has a strong internet connection.

If you need a more business-focused solution, Skype for Business Basic offers more. It includes the fundamentals of the Skype for Business platform, such as Free/Busy statuses and meeting support. For most people, though, regular Skype should be sufficient.

Download: Skype for Android | iOS (Free)

6. FaceTime

FaceTime was a one-on-one calling app until the release of iOS 12. Now you can use it to make group video calls with up to 32 people. Combined with the fact that FaceTime is preinstalled on all Apple devices, this makes it the best conference call app for Apple users.

Of course, this is only a good choice if you’re looking to call a group of Apple fans. FaceTime is not available for Android Here's Why You Won't Get FaceTime for Android Here's Why You Won't Get FaceTime for Android FaceTime is Apple's video calling service, but can you get FaceTime for Android? What is the Android version of FaceTime? Read More or Windows, so anyone without an Apple device will be out of luck.

7. FreeConferenceCall

Though close in name, this tool is different from FreeConference (mentioned earlier). FreeConferenceCall boasts the largest number of participants by far, with support for a staggering 1,000 people. Screen sharing comes standard, and the service offers several integrations and extra features to expand your experience as well.

FreeConferenceCall is the closest free substitute for GoToMeeting on this list. Paid features like annotation, switching the presenter mid-call, screen recording, and even radio streaming all come free. You’ll probably never have 1,000 people in a call, but this tool is absolutely worth a try if you’re serious about your meetings.

Don’t Pay for a Group Conference Call App

These tools offer different feature sets for varying user needs. If you just want to hold a quick family call, it doesn’t get much easier than Appear.in. Skype is great because almost everyone uses it, while FreeConferenceCall and FreeConference, bring business-level features to personal calls for free.

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  1. Jen
    June 28, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I use OnlineVideoCall.com because it allows you to use the service unlimited without registration. All you do is choose "Group Video Call" grab your link and send it to the people you want in your video conference. I tested with 9 people, I think you can have upto 20 which is probably enough for any conference.

  2. Prasanta Shee
    January 10, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Hey, in addition to above, you can also use apps lilke on premise R-HUB HD video conferencing servers for conducting group video conference calls, online video calls etc. It works on all platforms viz Windows, MAC, Android, iOS etc.

  3. Sergey
    July 23, 2017 at 4:30 am

    appear.in turns a camera on and don get you a way turn it off. The guys are definitely gays.

    skype screwd by microsoft . It eats all the computer's memory ( 80% memory consumed by the bugs and mess with logins and password) and at least 20% of CPU.

    voxeet does not have screen sharing (looks like they never have any meetings)

  4. Baptiste
    March 6, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Great article! I would add to the list Voxeet.com -HD audio, collaboration tools and free! Available on PC Mac, iOS and Android.

  5. John
    March 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    ooVoo just changed their free version to only host 3 people for video conferencing. You have to pay for 6 people conferencing.

  6. Lafeeu
    March 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    The Beta ooVoo for Mac OSX is available (oovoomac.smnr.us/). We use it at work.

  7. Chris Abraham
    January 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks, Saul. So, long story short, it *is* developed and published by ooVoo but it isn't on the site yet because it is only the alpha version. However, it is supported by ooVoo itself in the ooVoo forums. So, check it out: http://oovoomac.smnr.us/ I guess the gang at ooVoo are interested in the version getting tested and well-used but they are also interested in not making it official as a wildly-available version. My team pretty much has access to this version as an exclusive for this online outreach, you being someone we think would really be able to use it. Does that do a pretty good job of explaining it?

  8. Saul
    January 18, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Hey Aibek,

    I don't know if I would call it the "official" version - it is only and Alpha version but the version was developed by ooVoo. They will be coming out with the beta version hopefully some time in the near future. In the mean time check out the Mac version and let us know if you have any feedback on it.

    Thanks for the write up and for the questions.

  9. Chris Abraham
    January 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for the kind mention on your blog! I wanted to hook you up with access to the Mac version for you to try out -- so please let your readers know that ooVoo for the Mac is available in Alpha over at http://oovoomac.smnr.us -- let me know if you have any question... other that that, there's a new version coming down the pike pretty soon. I will try to let you know when it is available.

    • Aibek
      January 17, 2008 at 9:14 am

      Thanks for heads up. Just wondering, is it official Mac version ?