The 10 Best FREE Video Conferencing Tools

There are times when Video Conferencing is really useful, but for the most part you need to ask the question do I need to see the other person(s) live. Second to that, do I need to screen share?

Where neither seeing or sharing is required – which is probably 80% of Conferences then a traditional Call Conference service is actually better. A phone based Call Conference will benefit you with – instant set up, no flaffing around, and perfect connection via local low cost numbers (Non-VoIP) wherever in the world participants are based.

We held a Virtual Board meeting on Friday with 8 participants from 3 countries – and everyone was in on time, clarity of conversation was perfect and we finished bang on the hour.

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when participants drop in and out or I’m struggling to hear or be heard due to poor connectivity.

Mark Trowbridge

We offer Call Conferencing for free with ConXhub subscriptions. Clients can have as many conference rooms as they like and we can supply Direct Dial phone numbers from over 9000+ cities around the world.

Video Conferencing is still an important tool for any business. We actually use Zoom or Team-viewer for when screen sharing is required. As a business owner you simply need to make sure you are using the right tools in the correct situation.

Here is a list of the top Free Video Conferencing Tools

1. Zoom

Who should use it?

Zoom is ideal for anyone who works remotely or has remote team members. Zoom allows for simple, easy setup meetings or regular meetings in your personal meeting room. Quickly create and share a private meeting link with an individual or team and connect remote team members through video.

Top Free Features:

  • Host up to 100 participants
  • 1-1 and group meetings
  • Unlimited meetings
  • HD video and audio
  • Screen sharing
  • Scheduled meetings
  • Private and group chat
  • Host controls

2. Google Hangouts

Who should use it?

Google Hangouts is a simple way to connect with Google contacts (or those outside of your network) and can be used for personal or business reasons. Use this tool for individual conversations, team meetings, recorded demos, and more.

Top Free Features:

  • Up to 25 video participants
  • Video, audio, and messenger conversations
  • Video meeting recordings
  • Join calls using Google Calendar
  • Screen sharing

3. UberConference

Who should use it?

The free version of UberConference is ideal for teams of 10 or less. The free version limits your video call duration to 45 minutes, so it’s ideal for shorter meetings. Since it allows unlimited video conferences, you can use this video conferencing tool for recurring meetings, like 1-1s or monthly team debriefs.

Top Free Features:

  • Up to 10 participants
  • Unlimited conferences
  • Call recording
  • HD Audio
  • Screen and document sharing
  • Mobile apps

4. TrueConf Online

Who should use it?

TrueConf offers a free plan with up to three participants in video calls. This solution is great for small teams or individuals who need a simple tool to host video calls or collaborate with small groups. The collaboration features like remote desktop control are helpful for those in support who may need to help a client solve a problem.

Top Free Features:

  • Up to three participants on team calls
  • HD video
  • Collaboration tools (screen sharing, remote desktop control, recorded calls, file transfer, and shared virtual whiteboard)

5. Skype

Who should use it?

The free version of Skype works well for small teams with less than 10 total members. It is a good tool if you need a simple way to video chat from your computer, phone, or tablet and tend to have smaller group meetings or 1-1 conversation. Skype also offers a tool called Skype in the Classroom specifically designed for online education.

Top Free Features:

  • Up to 10 people on video calls
  • HD video calling
  • Screen sharing
  • Video call recording
  • Interactive video chats
  • Location sharing

6. FreeConference

Who should use it?

FreeConference ideal for smaller teams or meetings with five or fewer participants. One major perk of this video conferencing tool is its ease of use — no downloads are required to start using it. Plus, moderator controls allow the individual who’s running the video conference to keep the meeting on track.

Top Free Features:

  • Up to 5 online meeting participants
  • Screen sharing
  • Document sharing
  • Moderator controls
  • Text chat

7. Appear.in

Who should use it?

Appear.in can be used by remote employees, remote freelancers, or those working with clients who rarely host larger group meetings. While they have plans that include solutions for bigger teams, the free version offers a nice amount of features for individuals and small group conversations. It does not allow for a presenter view screen so when screen sharing, the shared window takes up the whole screen.

Top Free Features:

  • Up to four participants
  • Custom URL/meeting space
  • Locked rooms
  • Screen sharing
  • Stickers
  • Video chat

8. Slack Video Calls

Who should use it?

Slack users can take advantage of the call feature by simply using the command /call or clicking the phone icon at the top of the conversation with another Slack user. This is an easy way to make calls right from Slack if you need to ask a teammate a quick question. You can also Slack with up to 15 people if you start a call from a channel, enabling the rest of the channel’s members to join. This tool is good for teams looking for a supplementary video calling solution for small teams.

Top Free Features:

  • Group calls of up to 15 people
  • Individual calls
  • Messenger

9. Facebook Live

Who should use it?

Facebook Live is a great fit for businesses, influencers, or individuals who are looking to broadcast demos, videos, or showcase their company culture while streaming live. Your followers on Facebook can comment and chat live, you can select a custom audience for the video, and you can schedule videos ahead of time to gain excitement.

Top Free Features:

  • Broadcasts up to four hours
  • Advanced scheduling
  • Custom audiences

10. YouTube Live

Who should use it?

YouTube Live, like Facebook Live, is a platform for demonstrating a product with live Q&A, hosting an educational session to teach your audience while screen sharing or using a whiteboard, or hosting a live conversation with members of your team.

Top Free Features:

  • Three stream quality options (normal latency, low-latency, ultra-low latency)
  • Added delay
  • Live questions from the audience
  • Private live streams (people can only access with the link)
  • Advanced scheduling
  • Live automatic captions
  • Location tags

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