The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced a new normal that has changed how people interact and work. Many professionals shifted to remote work, and for a considerable amount of time, many people used videoconferencing apps such as Zoom for personal and work-related meetings.
Zoom videoconferencing app gained popularity across the world during the isolation period. Actually, in March 2020, Zoom saw a 225% increase in connections, and data usage on this app rose by 877% compared to February 2020.
However, many issues arose about its security, and so many users began looking for alternatives. In fact, giants such as SpaceX, Google, and NASA banned their staff from using Zoom for any meeting. As a result, Zoom added some updates and several features to address the complaints. However, organizations are still interested in finding other platforms they can use instead because of fear of data leaks.
There are a variety of video conferencing options in the market. Most of these platforms have free versions but with limited features; however, they’re adequate for people interested in checking up with their relatives and friends online.
Some apps require you to have a specific type of device or register with the app, while others have more generalized applications, and you don’t have to register with them.
Here are 20 Zoom alternatives that actually work.
AnyMeeting: This is a low-scale videoconferencing platform that has powerful collaboration features, HD video, screen sharing, AI capabilities on desktop and mobile devices. You can integrate it with other day-to-day applications like MS Teams, G Suite, Outlook, Slack, and more. The platform gives a 30-day free pro trial for 4 web and HD video participants. The Lite package starts at $9.99 per user per month.
BlueJeans: The cross-platform videoconferencing app is owned by Verizon and has rich features such as; breakout sessions, HD video and Doly voice, virtual backgrounds, enhanced gallery view of up to 25 people at a go, screen sharing, digital whiteboard, annotation, secure and encrypted meetings. The platform has no free plan, and the standard plan goes for $9.99 per host per month, pro plan for $13.99 per host per month, and customized enterprise plan.
Cisco Webex: The platform is a strong Zoom competitor because of Cisco’s reputation due to its focus on innovation to meet business needs across the globe, more engagement, and the use of a single click. You can integrate audio conferencing and video sharing with other platforms you need during a meeting. Users can easily use video callback features, and videoconferencing tool lessens background noise to help thousands of participants enjoy seamless communication. Its 22 optimized data centers support 10 languages; thus, you can hold virtual meetings with almost anyone across the globe without any language barrier.
Dialpad Meetings: The tool allows you not only to host a video conference in full HD but also to transcribe meetings using its voice intelligence, thus capturing all important details, as well as sending a post-call summary. You can wait for participants in silence or put on hold music. Participants can easily dial in and join meetings through chrome extension, Android, and iPhone apps because you don’t need passwords and PINs.
Discord: The Zoom alternative was designed for the gaming community, although it has now expanded outside this. It is 100% free, but it also allows you to create a server that offers video calls and text-based chats. The platform allows up to 50 people, and the host can build a community however they want. Still, the tool works perfectly well with platforms like macOS, Android, Windows, iOS, Linux, and Web.
Eyeson: You can conduct video meetings using this video collaboration tool from your browser and invite participants through a link. Therefore you don’t need to download this software for you to host meetings with your remote teams. Further, you can share the invitation link through email, WhatsApp, and more, as well as host it on Android and iOS mobile app. While the platform’s bandwidth remains at 1.5 Mbit/sec to maintain the same quality at all internet speeds, you can save it by shifting to Eco Mode, which shuts the video and makes audio clear. Each call holds up to 25 attendees and up to 9 active videos. Its basic plan starts from $9 per meeting per month and a corporate plan which is quote-based.
Facebook Live: You can go live on Facebook to host a virtual event, a conversation, Q&A, performance. Your community can join the conversation, comment, ask questions, react as well as follow along in real-time when broadcasting live. You can use the Creator Studio app or Facebook app, which are available on Android and iOS, to broadcast to your event, group, page, or profile. You can also turn the Messenger Rooms into a co-hosted Facebook Live with up to 50 people.
FaceTime: This video calling application allows you to make both audio and video calls from Apple-owned devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc. You can also access its chat app using chrome extensions on Windows 7, 8, 10, etc. A group video call on FaceTime can have up to 32 attendees, and to save your bandwidth, you can opt for audio-only calls. You can send Memojis and stickers to participants for better interaction. Apple doesn’t charge for using its built-in video calling app.
Google Hangouts Meet: The Google-owned communication tool is available on desktop and mobile. A user can start free video and audio calls, message contacts, and conduct small meetings. Actually, a host can create group video calls of up to 10 participants, 150 participants on an audio call or one-on-one call. There is no paid subscription for users with a Gmail account.
Google Meet: The Zoom alternative has invested in built-in protection to enhance video meetings security. You can still join a meeting using your browser rather than installing an app and plugins. The host can invite someone to join a meeting using a link from a calendar event sent to you by another person or a dial-in phone number. An external participant can join once or twice to show how something is done and leave. The platform’s video meetings are encrypted, and so your data is secured using Google’s top-notch anti-abuse security measures. Pexip is the videoconferencing tool’s selling point because it provides interoperability that allows participants in other meeting platforms such as Polycom, Skype, and Cisco to crossover and join others in the Google Meet meeting room.
GoToMeeting: The platform offers personal meeting room calendar integrations, screen sharing, unlimited recording, video slides, downloadable reports, mobile applications, admin center, meeting transcription, up to 25 active webcams at a time and 250 participants in a meeting, etc. GoToMeeting is a single sign, and you can join the meeting from anywhere. Its 365 plugin offers seamless scheduling, and you can use your calendar to manage the meetings. Still, you can never miss important meeting details because of cloud recording for mobile apps, the on-the-go commuter mode, and voice commands.
Jitsi Meet: The open-source video conferencing platform allows you to host a virtual meeting of up to 50 people by calling the attendees on the phone, thus enabling them to join without signing up. Jitsi Meet has advanced features such as HD video streaming with end-to-end encryption, screen sharing, record and transcribes meetings, integration with Google, Microsoft, and slack, as well as live-stream your sessions to channels such as YouTube. Jitsi Meet works well with Web, Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android.
Join.me: The simple, reliable video conferencing platform with a personalized URL that allows you to invite your team and join with a single click. It has ridiculously easy audio and video conferencing, you can start, schedule, or join meetings from Google or Outlook calendar. The tool has premium three packages: Lite priced at $10 for 5 participants per meeting per month, Pro that charges $20 for 250 participants per meeting per month and Business, which goes for $30 for 250 participants per meeting per month plus advanced features that make using it more convenient. You can have a meeting of up to 250 participants per meeting without time limits, have personal backgrounds, up to 1TB cloud storage and join from iPad, Android devices, mobile phones, and computers.
Microsoft Teams: Its free version has incredible features like unlimited app integration such as Adobe, Trello, Evernote, and more, unrestricted chat messages, storage of up to 10 GB as well as the capability to invite an external participant to join the meeting when needed. Upgrading to the premium versions allows you to access features like integration with 365, 1 TB extra storage, and the collaboration with third-party applications like over 250 integrated apps, etc. The Zoom alternative is an excellent choice for academic institutions, small startup companies, and nonprofit organizations. It has a free plan with limited features, Microsoft 365 business basic at $5 per user per month, standard at $12.50 per user per month, and office 365 E3 for $20 per user per month. All Microsoft plans require an annual commitment.
RingCentral: You can host a virtual meeting of up to 500 participants simultaneously, and attendees can join from the browser, switch between video and audio calls as well as swap devices when the session is on and without any disruption. Still, the host can create 50 breakout rooms, share content and screen, record the meetings and share the highlights over the cloud. The platform integrates Microsoft Outlook, Salesforce, Zendesk, and other popular CRMs and synchronizes it with iCal Google Calendar. You can use the built-in webinar tool to create an online meeting with up to 10,000 participants and 500 moderators across the world. It has four paid plans: essentials plan starting at $19.99 per user per month, standard starting at $24.99 per user per month, premium starting at $34.99 per user per month, and ultimate starting at $49.99 per user per month. All these plans host up to 20 participants, and the pricing changes with an increase in users.
Skype: Skype Meet Now is a popular online meetings and video call tool that has been around for years. The platform can hold a meeting of up to 100 users on the computer, smartphone, or tablet. Also, you don’t have to install this application because you can access it from your browser. Still, you can share images, PowerPoint presentations, audio, and video with the whole team on a full screen. You can use the drag-and-drop file sharing feature to share presentations, videos, and images for up to 300 MB. Skype is a free videoconferencing application; however, landline and calling services go for $2.99 per month.
TeamViewer: The tool is known for remotely accessing screens and enhanced features like screen share, transfer files, instant chat, exchange documents, shares files, secure your meeting from unwanted participants, and more. Aside from hosting meetings, you can hold presentations, as well as record sessions to be shared later with others. You can have 10 video participants at a go and up to 25 participants per meeting.
Wire: The Zoom alternative is not as popular as others, but this is the best collaboration tool for you if security is your priority. All conference calls, files, and messages are secured with end-to-end encryption. The tool is independently audited and 100% open-source. This platform has no free version and has two paid versions, namely, Pro priced at $5.83 per user per month and Enterprise priced at $9.50 per user per month. The maximum number of participants for video is 12 and 25 for audio.
Wonder: The browser-based videoconferencing tool can host up to 1500 guests. It has a broadcasting option where the host speaks to the entire audience using the broadcast mode. Only 6 people can simultaneously join a broadcast, making it an excellent feature for presentations, panel presentations, and welcomings. Further, you can use areas to create booths for sponsors and exhibitors. Rooms have protected passwords, and you can block users from violating rules and lock conversations.
Zoho Meeting: The Zoom alternative allows you to create online meetings and webinars as well as broadcast demos. You don’t have to install the software to join or host meetings, and you can do so on iOS and Android apps or get an app extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers. Further, the software allows you to record your meeting on the cloud, download and share the recording in the form of a short link. One of the tool’s unique features is that you can have a Lock Meeting feature which allows you to create a private meeting and control participants’ entry. So not every person with the meeting link can join.
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