Stay Connected During Lockdown

Free Apps to keep us connected in a time of social distancing

We are living in unique times and it has now become normal for most of us to stay at home and not be able to see friends, loved ones, family, or colleagues. With many people feeling cut off from their social lives, it can be tough to stay in touch or connected, to help we have written a short guide on the top apps being used around the world to stay in touch and see people, even if you cannot physically be with them.

WhatsApp

www.whatsapp.com is a great and easy way to stay connected as you social distance during this lockdown and it’s free to use over your WiFi & Mobile data. You must have a working telephone number to use WhatsApp

Key Features

  • Text messaging
  • Picture & gif messaging
  • Telephone calling
  • Video calling
  • Group chats

Available On

Android, Apple iPhone, Mac & Windows

Skype

www.skype.com created by Microsoft, Skype is a fantastic video call and conferencing tool that can be used for every day use or business and is free to download

Key Features

  • Messaging
  • Video Calling
  • Group Chat & Video Calls
  • File sharing
  • Screen Sharing

Available On

Android, Apple iPhone, Mac & Windows

Zoom

https://zoom.us is a video confrencing tool that has really flourished during these hard times, it has supported businesses and families alike with their impressive group calling features.

Key Features

  • Group Video Calling
  • Screensharing
  • Free Plans & Paid Business Plans
  • File Sharing
  • Good for virtual presentations
  • Questions & answers feature
  • Meeting room

Available On

Android, Apple iPhone, Mac & Windows

Google Duo

https://duo.google.com Created by Google and can be used on any mobile device, this is a great way of video calling friends and family

Key Features

  • Video Calls & Group Video Calls
  • Fun
  • Games

Available On

Android, Apple Iphone, Mac & Windows

Facetime

An app native and exclusive to Apple, is video calling app that allows people to video call each other extremely easily.

Key Features

  • Video Calling

Available On

Apple iPhone

Snapchat

https://duo.google.com Created by Google and can be used on any mobile device, this is a great way of video calling friends and family

Key Features

  • Video Calls & Group Video Calls
  • Fun
  • Games

Available On

Android, Apple iPhone, Mac & Windows

Discord

https://discord.com is a group call and chat room that you can setup and invite your friends, families or colleagues too and is especially great for gamers.

Key Features

  • Chat
  • Video Calling
  • File sharing
  • Screen share
  • Stream

Available On

Android, Apple iPhone, Mac & Windows

Teamviewer

https://www.teamviewer.com/ is a very well known remote access tool, it allows a person to connect to your computer remotely, so if you’re struggling with an IT problem, you can call a friend or colleague and they can see what you can see, access your computer and then fix it much easier.

Key Features

  • Remote access
  • Password protected for each session

Available On

Android, Apple iPhone, Mac & Windows

Netflix Party

https://www.netflixparty.com is a new way to watch your favourite TV shows, documentaries & films using Netflix, at the moment you can only use this by installing an extension on the browser, Google Chrome.

Key Features

  • Fun
  • Films

Available On

Mac & Windows (Chrome)

WeTransfer

https://wetransfer.com is a marvelous file sharing tool that is free to use (up to 2GB) allowing you to share files with your friends, family or colleagues easily via a link or email.

Key Features

  • File sharing

Available On

Android, Apple iPhone, Mac & Windows

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