Video chatting hasn’t always been the easiest way to communicate. Slow devices, poor software and lagging connections conspired to make video calling a chore. But video chat has come a long way and it’s especially easy with today’s smartphones and tablets.
Video chat can keep far-flung relatives connected, make life easier when working remotely and even let working moms get a glimpse into what’s really happening at home. Here are some ways to video chat like a pro:
Find the right app
There are plenty of video chat apps for connecting by video call as long as the person on the other end can use that app, too. FaceTime®, Google Hangouts™, ooVoo and Tango are just a few. Many apps also allow group video chats so family members, colleagues or friends can connect simultaneously.
Get the right device
The right device combined with Verizon’s 4G LTE network can make video chatting a breeze. To start, choose a device that has strong battery life, good processing power and a front-facing camera. Most of today’s smartphones and tablets have those capabilities, and Verizon’s 4G LTE network also gives you both the speed and reliability to keep video chats connected and clear.
A few phones that stand out include the Droid Turbo 2 by Motorola and the Samsung Galaxy Note5. Tablets, such as the Ellipsis® 10, also make video chatting seem as if you’re having a face-to-face conversation.
Verizon also offers Advanced Calling 1.0 on some devices that allow users to video chat as easily as they would make a traditional call. And if you’re not quite prepared to be on camera, you can try one-way video calling to see the person on the other end, but not let them see you.
You’ll also experience natural-sounding calls with Advanced Calling 1.0 when both phones are HD Voice–enabled and are on the Verizon 4G LTE Network. You won’t believe your ears: HD Voice sounds as if the person you’re calling is right next to you.
It’s hard to stay still while you’re talking, especially if you’re used to talking with your hands. To avoid looking jittery, use a stand or case, such as the Shell Holster Combo with Kickstand for Droid Turbo 2 or the Tech21 Impactology Classic Frame Wallet for iPhone 6/6s.
Make that call
Now that you’ve got the gear, it’s time to make the call. First, you may want to schedule your video call. Even if you’re just video chatting with your mother, no one likes to be caught off guard if they’re going to be on camera. And if you’re taking a business call, take it in a clean, clutter-free environment that’s not crowded with people talking.
Other tips: Speak clearly, but don’t shout. And don’t forget that the person on the other end can see you—look straight ahead and don’t multitask.
Once you get over your initial fears, you’ll find that video chatting is an absolute must for keeping in touch with long-distance relatives and co-workers.