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Tech Tuesday

Keeping in touch with family and friends is easy thanks to technology, and video calling is a great way of chatting with others whilst we’re all having to stay at home. Here’s our top tips to get you started. 

Making video calls using a smartphone or tablet

If you are using a smartphone or tablet with a mobile data connection, make sure you are connected to WiFi before starting a video call. Video calling uses more data, so you may quickly use any data allowances if you are connected to 3G or 4G.

Guides on connecting to WiFi


This is a free app and works on both Android and iPhone, so it doesn’t matter what type of smartphone you own. Video calling allows you to call other WhatsApp users for free using your internet connection. You can also make group video calls with up to four participants. 

  • How to make a video call on Android.
  • How to make a video call on iPhone.

Facebook Messenger

If you have a Facebook account, you can use the free Facebook Messenger app to make video calls to your Facebook Friends, or with a group of people. 


If you use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you can use FaceTime to make video calls and group video calls and add up to 32 people. One advantage is  that FaceTime is already pre-installed, but all participants will need to be using 


If you use Instagram on your Android phone or iPhone, you can video chat with up to 6 people using Direct Messaging. 

  • Find out more here.


The Skype app is available for Android phones and iPhone. A tablet version is available for iPad, Android, Windows and Kindle Fire HD. You can also make video calls for up to 50 people.

  • Find out how to get Skype for free.

You can also access our ‘getting online toolkit’ on our website, which contains useful guides for you and your family. 

Got any other tips and advice? Are you using any other apps or services to stay connected with the important people in your life? Let us know...

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  • Social Media: Tag @TogetherHousing and use the hashtag #TogetherAtHome, or DM us @togetherhousing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Ross is the Digital and Social Media Officer at Together Housing.