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6 Apps for Video Chat Between Android and PC

Updated on November 30, 2012

Video Chat Android to PC - List of 6 Free Apps

I am going on vacation soon and have spent about a week looking for a way to video chat with my husband while I'm gone. I have an Android phone with a front facing camera. You would think video chatting would be easy.... but no... I've had lots of difficulties.

Finally, I found an app that worked for me, and below I will outline all of the different options, depending on your phone or tablet's model.

I wish you success!! This simple activity shouldn't be as frustrating as it is! Whether you call it Face Chat, Face Time, Video Chat, Video Calling, etc, it should be easy as pie!

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6 Free Apps for Video Chatting Between Android & PC - Quick List

Links go to Android Market - You can read reviews, specs, and download the app there.If you don't have access to Android Market, some of these are also available on GetJar. Continue reading below for more information about whether the app worked for me.

  1. Yahoo Messenger
  2. Skype
  3. ooVoo (Supported Devices List)
  4. Google Talk - Requires Android 2.3+
  5. ReelPortal Video Chat - Requires Android 2.3+
  6. Tango (Supported Devices List)

Google's Nexus One was the first smartphone to receive Android 2.2 Froyo.
Google's Nexus One was the first smartphone to receive Android 2.2 Froyo.

Video Chat Between Android 2.2 Froyo and PC

Give these a try: Yahoo Messenger, Skype, and ooVoo

1) Yahoo Messenger

I own a Samsung Galaxy S 4G phone, which has Android version 2.2 on it, and Yahoo Messenger is the only program that I have had success with for video chatting between a computer and an Android phone. The instructions are:

1. Install Yahoo Messenger (Download from Android Marketplace or GetJar)

Ignore the description of this app, which says you need Android 2.3 for video chat. You don't.

2. Run Yahoo Messenger (in Android programs, it is listed under just "Messenger").

3. Click on the settings button and click on options.

4. Click on "Voice and Video"

5. You will be prompted to install a Video plugin.

6. Download and install plugin.

7. Run Yahoo Messenger... Now Video Chat will work.

NOTE: The PC user has to download and install the Yahoo Messenger program. The web version does not support video chat. Mac version of the program is also available. Click here to download Yahoo Messenger for PC/Windows or Mac.

The video isn't high quality, but at least it works. Which is more than I can say for Skype.....

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2) Skype

Skype should work on Android version 2.2, and it does have a PC application as well. At first I was able to get it to work, with the front facing camera, but I appeared upside down and it did not support a hands-free headset.

Recently the Skype program has been updated and I currently can't get it to work on my phone, but it's worth a try. The Skype app is updated frequently and maybe you will have success.

Skype advertises itself as a universal solution... It says, "Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, whether they're on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC..." However it also notes problems with Froyo and unsupported phones....

I wish you luck!

Download Skype from Android Market or from GetJar

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3) ooVoo - Download from Android Market

This may work, but I haven't tried it yet. There is a list of supported devices. The description says, "Make free 6-way group video calls with ooVoo's video chat app for Android. Video call your ooVoo friends that are on Android, iPhone, PC and Mac. Make video calls over 3G, 4G, and Wifi for FREE!"

Video Chat Between Android 2.3 Gingerbread and PC

Give these a try: Google Talk and ReelPortal

4) Google Talk

Video chat with Google Talk

This is a native application (added automatically via an update) for the Nexus S and for other phones running Gingerbread. Here's the official Google news article about it. It should work between your Android Phone or Android Tablet and Gmail with Google Talk on the Computer.

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5) ReelPortal Video Chat - Download from Android Market

Features: Video Conferencing, Public Rooms, Private Rooms

Requirements: Dual-core CPU, Android 2.3 or above, Adobe AIR 3.0

The PC or Mac user can participate in the video chat by going to Reelportal.com and signing in through the website.

There is also an app for the Blackberry Playbook, available on Blackberry App World.

6) Tango Video Chat for PC and Android

I just found out about this one!

List of supported devices. Supports over 500 devices! Make Free Video Calls, Phone Calls, and send Free Video Messages!

PC Requirements: XP, Vista, or 7. Both 32- and 64-bit operating systems are supported.

Download Tango from Android Market.

A Few More Headsets to Consider - Wired & Bluetooth Headphones with Mic for Video Chatting

Android is still in its infancy

I think that's why there's so many compatibility problems..

I'll be so happy when cross-platform video calling is bug free!

I hope you enjoyed this list of 6 Android apps for video calling between PC and Android phone... Now you know that there is an alternative to Skype!

I'm not sure why everyone seems to assume that both parties will have an iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone, Android tablet, etc. Maybe you want to chat with your spouse, parents, grandparents, etc.... They shouldn't have to spend $200+ on a phone or tablet!

As an aside, I got started on this search because my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android Smartphone and one of its features is "Video Chats without Buffering"...... what they don't tell you when you buy it, is that the pre-installed video chat software is called Qik Video Chat and it is NOT compatible with PC!

So, downloading and installing an app is a necessity because my husband doesn't have an iPhone or Android phone. He has a desktop computer running Windows 7. Finally, we found a solution - Yahoo Messenger with Video Chat Plugin - but it took many hours of frustration! I hope that someday a really good video chat program will be available and that it will work well on all platforms!

So... any thoughts or experience you'd like to share?

Do you video chat? What works for you? - Sometimes an app says it should work, but it doesn't.... :(

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      Kanai Adhikary 9 months ago

      One more very good video chat app between Android and PC is: R-HUB HD video conferencing servers. It is available to download for free on both Android (Google Play store) and iOS (Apple Store). You may try the same.

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      sinfolleum 3 years ago

      Great in depth lens I have learned many things that i didn't know from this and now i will try it. Thank you

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      sinfolleum 3 years ago

      @wolvyz: tango is just dead now and skype sometimes has a mind of its own but it is the most used video chat software.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      for yahoo messenger, I can't find setting button. Can anybody help ?

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      wolvyz 4 years ago

      I just use skype. Now I want to give these a try.

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      chonkqa 4 years ago

      I am using Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android and it work well for video chatting

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      360technosoft 4 years ago

      skype is the best app for video chat...

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      PrashantBhardwaj 4 years ago

      Skype is best among all, its camera compatibility with Android 4.03 ICS is awesome

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      KristoferPurple 4 years ago

      Really nice lens. Skype is the only one I've used but it sometimes has bad signals so maybe I'll try the others out

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      Gadgetlesstech 5 years ago

      Nice Lens! I haven't explored too much with video chat on my android devices, but it's definitely a nice feature to have.