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Apple’s popular video calling app is exclusive to the iPhone, iPad and Mac, but there are some great alternatives
Since launching in 2010, FaceTime has become one of the most popular video calling apps on the planet. It’s the go-to app for millions of iPhone, iPad and Mac users to keep in touch with friends and family, taking on added significance during the Coronavirus pandemic.
‘FaceTiming’ has even become a verb in recent years, reflecting its huge cultural significance. While Apple is estimated to have a user base of over 1 billion, although Windows devices represent an even bigger portion of the market. Which begs the question…
Can you get FaceTime on Windows?
In short, no. FaceTime is proprietary software made by Apple, which means it’s only available on devices running iOS or macOS. There is no workaround to get the app on a Windows device, and that would be in breach of the terms and conditions anyway.
FaceTime alternatives for Windows
Fortunately, there are some great video calling options, many of which have all the same features as FaceTime. These are our top picks:
The biggest beneficiary of the increased reliance, Zoom’s active user base swelled to more than 200 million, with the option for up to 100 people to join a call at once. While free meetings are limited to 40 minutes, there is a workaround.
Teams has taken on more of a consumer focus in recent months, with Snapchat filters and GIFs making it a worthy rival to FaceTime.
The Enterprise plan of Meet is free until September, with Google Calendar integration and built-in recording functions making it a compelling alternative.
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger
Given the Facebook-owned apps’ focus on text messaging, it can be easy to forget that they both support group video calling. Both services have added plenty of features in recent months to entertain the millions stuck at home.
Of course, for these services to work the person you’re calling will have to have the relevant app installed. The popularity of Zoom, WhatsApp and Messenger make them great options, while so many people have a Microsoft or Google account and so can easily get started with Teams or Meet. For an in-depth guide with more options, check out our guide to the best online videoconferencing services.