Before now, you can only use Face time to talk to one person at a time from your iPhone. But thanks to a new feature on Skype which now allow users to make free group video calls on an iOS, Android smartphone or tablet.
It’s been six years since Skype enabled mobile one-to-one video calling, and now the Microsoft-owned messaging app is expanding the feature to multi-person calls on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile. You can add as many as three additional faces.
It’s worth noting that this update doesn’t just allow mobile to mobile group video calls, where everyone is staring at a smartphone or tablet. It also means that people who are out and about can still join a group call being held by friends who are all using desktop computers.
The video calls are now in HD and are optimized for the device being used. Thanks to the SILK Super Wide Band audio codec, the audio is crystal clear.
One can also invite attendees easily and add them to pre-existing chats on Skype even if the invited person does not have a Skype account or is not on the list.
Here’s how to make a Skype group video call from your smartphone:
1. Open the Skype app and navigate to your contacts or an existing group text chat.
2. In your contacts list, choose multiple friends to add to a group conversation in Skype by tapping next to their pictures. Here, I’ve added my colleagues Mike Andronico and Kevin Ng.
3. Tap the video camera icon. You can do this when setting up a new chat or from an existing chat.
A video call will be made to your group. Mike and I joined from phones, while Kevin signed in from his laptop.
4. Tap the icon with a person and plus sign to add someone to your call.
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