It's easy to video chat on an Android device — you just need the right app.
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  • To video chat on an Android device, you'll need to download a third-party app, as there's no native Android video chatting app.
  • Luckily, there are dozens of different video chatting apps available on Andriod devices, most of which are free to use.
  • One of the simplest video chatting apps you can find on an Andriod device is Facebook Messenger.
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Although it's become such a common phrase that everyone uses, you can't actually FaceTime anyone using an Android phone. That's because FaceTime is exclusive to Apple devices.

Most Android devices don't actually have their own native video chatting app. Instead, they let you pick one from dozens available in the Google Play Store.

When you search for "video chat" in the Play Store, you'll find Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and more. All of these apps have their own features, require their own account, and have their own userbases.

One of the easiest ways to video chat easily using your Android device is through the Facebook Messenger app, which we'll focus on here. All you need for this is a Facebook account, and you'll be able to video chat with anyone else that uses Messenger.

Here's how to video chat on an Android device with a third-party app like Facebook Messenger.

How to video chat on Android using a third-party app

1. From your Android device's Home screen, tap on the Messenger app and log into your Facebook account.

2. Tap on the contact with whom you'd like to video chat. Doing so will open your personal text chat history with this person.

Pick any contact to open a chat with them.
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3. With the chat window open, tap on the camera icon located at the top of your screen to request a video call.

4. Your Messenger app will begin calling the other person, but you cannot video chat until the other person picks up their end of the line. In the meantime, your device's camera will turn on, and you can play around with Messenger's video chatting features, like video effects.

You can hang up as soon as you start the call, which is good if you start the call accidentally.
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5. Once the other person answers your video call, you should be able to see them on your screen and speak to them normally.

6. When you want to end the video call, tap on the red button marked with the phone icon to hang up. Once you or the other person hang up, your chat history will show that you made a video call to each other, and for how long.

You can video chat with more than one person at a time, too. All you have to do is create a group message with the intended recipients and then tap the camera icon like you would in an individual chat.

Other Android apps that allow for video chatting

There are many other apps that offer video-chatting capabilities for Android devices. Some of the most popular include Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, Skype, and Zoom.

We recommend that you research what kind of video chatting app will work best for your needs. You're sure to find one that suits you.

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