Connecting with your family and friends virtually has never been this easy with these apps

Around the world families and friends are connecting and spending time together via virtual chat services due to the limited movements and self-isolation.

Well if you’re new to it all and not sure on how best to connect with your family and friends, we’ve got a few options that you are bound to love.



The video conferencing app Zoom has surged in popularity this year as it’s being used to host everything from virtual classrooms to church services, blind dates, bucks’ nights and even big corporates to host their conferences.

Personally, one of the team has used it to schedule family catchups once a week to chat with their relatives locally as well as across the country. Since its best to self-isolate in this time and stay home, it’s a great way to check in on everyone and spend some time together.


Netflix Party

There’s a plugin for internet browser Google Chrome called Netflix Party. What it does is allows you to watch Netflix with your friends online, synchronizes video playback and adds the ability to have a group chat to share your theories of what’s going to happen next in your favourite show.

Host long-distance movie nights and tv watch parties together with Netflix Party.


Facebook Messenger

Whether you want to play a game with your grandkids, or just do something fun to pass the time while you video chat, Facebook Messenger has a range of AR games that they have integrated into their Messenger video chat.

To browse the games, you press the start button to open the filter menu, then select one of the games. While it isn’t something you would necessarily do on your own, it’s a great way to interact with children who aren’t always the easiest to have a conversation with.



From messaging to calling, sending voice messages and even video chatting, WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps around. With end-to-end encryption, web-based international calling and the fact that it’s free all plays in its favour when it comes to connecting to both family and friends no matter where they are and no matter what device they use.