The Best Video Conferencing Software in 2021

Top 10 Video Conferencing Apps in 2021

What is Video Conferencing?

Video Conferencing is an interactive (video and audio) communication for multiple participants across the Internet. It is widely used by many professionals, start-ups, and established businesses.

Twitter and Google employees are already working remotely and rely on video conferencing to keep their virtual teams connected in a way text apps and emails cannot.

With a growing number of part-time and remote workers, boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic, video conferencing will only become more popular in the years to come.

Video Conferencing offers many advantages

Advantages of Video Conferencing in 2021
face Interactive Face-to-Face Communication
commute Reduced Travel Time & Costs
location_on Work from Anywhere (in the world)
supervised_user_circle Engages and Bonds Participants
access_alarm Allows Instant and Efficient Meetings
insights Increased Attendance and Productivity
how_to_reg Friendlier & Improved Relationships
emoji_nature Cuts down on Carbon Emissions
construction Virtually Free or Low Start-up Costs

Please fine the list of top 10 free video conferencing applications available in 2021. The preference was given to totally free applications (not trial or short term offers) based on their popularity, cross-platform compatibility, functionality and user feedback.

The Best 10 Free Video Conferencing Apps in 2021

  1. Zoom
  2. Skype
  3. Google Meet (formerly Google Hangouts)
  4. Cisco Webex Meetings
  5. Microsoft Teams (formerly Skype for Business, Lync)
  6. FreeConferenceCall
  7. GoToMeeting
  8. Facebook Messenger
  9. Google Duo
  10. Discord
  11. RingCentral
  12. Whereby
  13. LifeSize
  14. FreeConference
  15. Apple Facetime

1. Zoom

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2011

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Zoom founded in 2011 with over 300 million users worldwide offers rich set of features with its free subscription:

  • Meetings of up to 100 participants (and 40 min limit)
  • Unlimited 1-to-1 Meetings
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Whiteboard
  • Waiting Room
  • Overall Reliable Platform

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2. Skype

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2003 (acquired by Microsoft in 2011)

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Skype founded in 2003 with over 120 million users worldwide is a strongly established brand in video conferencing with free subscription offering:

  • Meetings of up to 50 participants (and no time limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Whiteboard
  • Make Local\International Calls
  • Buggy Interface and Still Crashes

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3. Google Meet

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2017 (branched off Google Hangouts)

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Google Meet (formerly Google Hangouts) founded in 2017 with over 150 million users worldwide has a lot on offer with its free subscription:

  • Meetings of up to 250 participants (and 24-Hour limit)
  • Tight integration with Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite)
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Jamboard
  • Flexible Interface
  • Google Account Required

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4. Cisco WebEx Meetings

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 1995 (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007)

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Webex Meetings founded in 1995 and acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007 has more than 324 million users worldwide and offers enterprise level free video conferencing application featuring:

  • Meetings of up to 50 participants (and not time limit)
  • Powerful and Robust Audio and Video
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing (+1GB Cloud Storage)
  • Video Recording
  • Whiteboard
  • Not Easiest Interface

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5. Microsoft Teams

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2017 (formerly Skype for Business, Lync)

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Microsoft Teams (formerly Skype for Business and Lync) is now being offered as a free app with over 115 million users worldwide and rich set of features:

  • Meetings of up to 300 participants (and 45 min limit)
  • Tight integration with Office365 products
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing (+2GB Cloud Storage)
  • Whiteboard
  • No Video Recording
  • Interface needs work

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6. FreeConferenceCall

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2001

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FreeConferenceCall is a flexible, secure, straighforward video conferencing application with features including:

  • Meetings of up to 50 participants (and no time limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Whiteboard

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7. GoToMeeting (Free)

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2004 (acquired in 2016 by LogMeIn from Citrix)

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GoToMeeting was acquired by LogMeIn from Citrix in 2016. It is a reliable video conference platform that offers for free these services:

  • Meetings of up to 3 participants (and 40 min limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Whiteboard
  • Not the easiest interface

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8. Facebook Messenger

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2008 (separated from Facebook in 2011)

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With over 1.3 billion users globally it's probably the most popular free messaging platform that also offers video conferencing. Features include:

  • Meetings of up to 50 participants (and no time limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • Ability to Send Money
  • No Facebook Account Required
  • Overall Popular Platform

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9. Google Duo

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2016 (branched off to Google Meet)

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Google Duo was largely overshadowed by its sister app Google Meet but it's still fully supported by Google and it has been recently updated to operate on Windows and Mac and offers the following features for free:

  • Meetings of up to 32 participants (and no time limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • Video Voicemail
  • Friendly Interface

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10. Discord

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2015

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Discord is a free modern video, voice and text conferencing app that was originally aimed at groups of gamers but it is gaining more popularity among general public. Features include:

  • Meetings of up to 25 participants (and no time limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Very Advanced Interface

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11. RingCentral (Classic)

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 1999

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RingCentral is a video conferencing platform that was established in 1999 and offers as part of its free subscription the following features:

  • Meetings of up to 100 participants (and 40 min limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Whiteboard
  • Lightweight Platform

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12. FreeConference

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2000

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Freeconference founded in 2000 offers free video conferencing to keep up with your family, friends and work colleagues. Free application includes:

  • Meetings with up to 15 app \ 5 web participants (and no time limit)
  • Up to 100 Audio Participants
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording

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13. Whereby

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2013

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Whereby with no application or installs required, and the same meeting link every time, gives you the freedom to work from anywhere. Free software featuring:

  • Meetings with up to 4 participants (and no time limit)
  • 1 Meeting Room
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording

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14. LifeSize Go

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Web
Founded: 2003

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Lifesize founded in 2003 offers standard set of features you would expect from a video conferencing app with free subscription including:

  • Meetings of up to 10 participants (and no time limit)
  • Screen Sharing
  • File Sharing
  • Video Recording
  • Whiteboard

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15. FaceTime

Platforms: Mac, iOS
Founded: 2010

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FaceTime only works on Apple devices (iPhones, iPads, iPod, iMac, Macbooks). While this is fine if your friends use these too, but you'll inevitably run into trouble wanting to talk to those on Android or Windows platforms.

FaceTime is a free easy-to-use solution that comes preinstalled and features:

  • Meetings with up to 32 participants (and no time limit)
  • Tightly integrated with other Apple apps
  • Already pre-installed on Apple Devices
  • Easy-to-use Interface
  • Only works on Apple Devices

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