Video calling allows you to make a face-to-face call with apps such as Skype or FaceTime on devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.  

Someone holding a phone and on a video call
Video calling means you can connect with someone as if they were in the same room using a camera either built in or attached to the device you are calling from. It is free and all you need is a connection to the internet.

Features and benefits

Video calling allows you to stay in touch with family and friends around the world without any expense. It can also be useful for holding meetings and training courses. It means that you can make the call and be connected straightaway (if you both have enough signal).

Another advantage is that you can talk to whoever also happens to be with the person you are calling or vice versa. This would allow you to join in a gathering of relatives abroad or be part of a celebration even when thousands of miles apart.

It is a cost effective and instant way to connect regardless of location and gives you the opportunity to feel like you are physically there much more so than with an audio call.

Anything else?

FaceTime

FaceTime is a video and audio calling app created by Apple. It allows you to make calls using their devices such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. It will come already built in to the device. It is free to use, but you will need an Apple ID and password as well as a Wi-Fi connection (in some devices it can connect using cellular data).

The person you are calling will need to have FaceTime also, which means they have to also be using an Apple device.

Skype

Skype is Microsoft’s video calling service. It may come preinstalled depending on the device you are using. If not, it can easily be downloaded to your device as an app.

Skype is free to make straightforward video calls. However, there is also the option to sign up with a subscription or with pay as you go, which will allow you to set up group calls, make calls to landlines, mobiles and more.

Overall, video calling is a popular and easy way to connect and share experiences with others. It is free to use and there are several different apps and services available.