Best video conferencing software of 2024

The best video conferencing software and apps make it simple and easy to video call your friends, family, or work colleagues, from a single internet app.

Advances in cloud technology means that reliable video calling has become very accessible and affordable. This means it's now easy to video chat with friends and family whenever you want to, using either your WiFi or phone network. It also means that businesses can now utilize video conferencing on a wide scale, for a large number of people as required, for both routine office communications as well as to support remote working.

Additionally, with increasing concerns about the carbon cost of travel to the environment, it makes sense for companies to seek to continue to communicate face-to-face online rather than indulge in the wasteful cost to the business and environment in having face-to-face meetings in a single location.

Below we list what we think are the best video conferencing software apps currently available, both free apps as well as subscription services.

We've also featured the best business phone systems.


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Best for office use

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The best office video conferencing software

Reasons to buy

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Comprehensive features and integrations
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Strong analytics platform

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks popularity of bigger rivals, so you may struggle to set up

RingCentral MVP offers the full range of industry-standard video conferencing features across all of its plans. These include, among many others, video call scheduling and recording, screen sharing and annotation, and in-built chat functionalities.

Undoubtedly, however, RingCentral’s greatest feature is its integration of Slack, Google Workspace, and Microsoft 365. This means users can schedule and begin calls directly from these 3rd party platforms. Users are also able to integrate their calendar with the RingCentral platform, and easily visualize their schedule for the day. This cross-platform integration also makes RingCentral ideal for businesses that already use Slack, Google Workspace, or Microsoft 365 for digital collaboration.

RingCentral’s analytics dashboard is another powerful feature enabling administrators to monitor the usage of the service, and pinpoint performance issues down to the exact location, ISP, network, and endpoint. Such in-depth analytical analysis is uncommon and makes RingCentral particularly appealing for organizations where video quality and performance is a priority.

Overall, RingCentral MVP is a solid performer that offers high-quality video conferencing software for businesses. It is loaded with features, offers a high degree of administrator control, and is optimized to work on web browsers, minimizing the need for additional applications and software.

Read our full RingCentral Video review.

Best for advanced features

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Secure video conferencing backed by advanced features

Reasons to buy

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Excellent security
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Packed with features

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks a compelling USP

RemotePC Meeting is backed by a number of video conferencing features designed to streamline the collaboration process. For starters, you can create a meeting instantly and share it with your colleagues or employees via a clickable link. The Chrome extension makes it even easier to share meeting links, and the program can be integrated with Google, Outlook, or Yahoo calendars. 

Additionally, meetings can be joined using VoIP for improved security and in situations where a person’s internet connection is limited. There’s no maximum limit on the number of team members you can add to a video conference, and there are also several built-in individual and group chat tools.

You can also share your screen to make it easier to deliver presentations or make a point. All sessions can be recorded and saved as video or audio files for future reference, and there’s even a collaborative whiteboard that allows you to brainstorm ideas with other meeting participants.

RemotePC Meeting provides advanced video conferencing tools, but they are only available with a remote access subscription. If you want a pure video conferencing program, there are various other options available. 

Ultimately, RemotePC Meeting provides powerful video conferencing tools backed by a range of great features and an easy-to-use interface. The only criticism is that there isn’t anything unique on offer, but that's hardly a big complaint and RemotePC remains a viable option, especially for those who need remote access tools as well.

Read our full RemotePC Meeting review.

Best for mobile

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Mobile-friendly video conferencing app

Reasons to buy

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Mobile-friendly
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Good range of workable apps
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VoIP upgrade

Reasons to avoid

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Not as widespread as Teams, Meet or Zoom

GoToMeeting is the standalone videoconferencing service provided by LogMeIn. As expected it provides audio and video conferencing, as well as screensharing, and we've provided a guide on how to use GoToMeeting.

One of the features that sets GoToMeetings apart is its mobile friendliness - you can set up and start a conference from your smartphone, something some big brand software would struggle to do. There are also settings to maximize call and image quality, as well as one-tap invites to join meetings as well as chats. 

Mobile apps are provided separately for Android and iOS, and both have high positive review volumes, which again makes a change from some other providers who struggle to balance quality and usability with mobile use.

In terms of pricing, almost all standard features are available with the most basic payment tier. Even the limit of 150 participants is generous, and for most businesses this is all that will be required.

A Business plan tier is available which increases the number of participants to 250 and includes a few admin features plus drawing tools and mouse sharing. An Enterprise plan is available to accommodate up to 3,000 participants.

However, while there are many good things to be said for GoToMeetings, if you're looking for a business VoIP solution then GoToConnect offers a cloud-based phone system which integrates GoToMeetings as part of the package, and it may be more cost-effective to sign up for that instead.

Read our full GoToMeeting review.

Best accessible

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Best accessible video conferencing with Microsoft 365 app integration

Reasons to buy

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Full Microsoft 365 integration
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Host up to 10,000 participants
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Schedule invites
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Live captioning
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Background blur

Reasons to avoid

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Microsoft-centric

Within one application, Microsoft Teams enables users to schedule video or audio meetings with a single person or a team. Administrators can also organize webinars and large meetings with up to 10,000 participants.

Full integration with Microsoft 365 means that calls can be easily scheduled and invites shared among the organization, while external guests can join from their web browser without downloading the application.

Microsoft Teams also provides the full range of features expected from a leading video conferencing software provider, including screen sharing and call recording, live captions, background blur technology, and chat functionalities. Integration with Microsoft 365 makes the platform the market leader in video conferencing and digital workspace integration.

The platform’s powerful video conferencing software is complemented by hardware options that enable users to join calls from almost anywhere. When you’re working alone or on the go, mobile devices, desktop computers, and Bluetooth conferencing headsets can power communication. 

Overall, Microsoft Teams is ideal for businesses who already use Microsoft 365, or who are looking to reinvent their organization’s digital communication and collaboration workspaces. Additionally, it's also great for home users to connect with friends and family who also use Microsoft 365.

Read our full Microsoft Teams review.

Best for Google Workspace

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For accessible cloud-powered video conferences

Reasons to buy

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Google Workspace integration
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Accessible and simple
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Competitive pricing

Reasons to avoid

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Google-focused

Google Meet, formerly Google Hangouts Meet, is part of the Google Workspace office productivity platform (formerly known as G Suite). Having enjoyed a recent rebrand, Google Meet aims to provide a first-class conferencing service.

Developed specifically for business needs, it can cater for a large number of users at once, and also uses smart participation and a fast interface to reduce the need to wait. 

As an updated version of the standard Google Hangouts, Google Meet aims to make it easier to work with external clients. It does this first by providing a web app experience, which means there is no software to download. Secondly, it also provides a dedicated dial-in number, which not only means that employees on the go can join in, but this also ensure that line quality is maintained and that there are no drop-outs.

As well as having dedicated apps available for mobile users in the Apple AppStore and Google Play store for Android, Google Meet can also work with existing conferencing hardware. All that's required is that it follows SIP and H.323 standards for Skype for Business users. This also applies to Cisco, Lifesize, and Polycomm in particular, and by using Pexip Infinity can join in Hangouts meets.

Another key advantage is that by being within the Google Workspace platform it's easy to use data from other Google applications, not least Google Calendar, to not just plan meetings but also set up event information as required when users do sign in.

Ultimately, Google Meet is a serious business-grade conferencing platform that doesn't require big up-front costs for hardware, making it especially accessible for businesses of any size.

However, Google Meet still struggles to compete on features with dedicated video conferencing providers, and the interface has arguably become less user-friendly compared to the previously popular Google Hangouts.

Read our full Google Meet review.

Best affordable

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Affordable video conferencing software apps

Reasons to buy

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Free tier offering available
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User friendly set up and usage

Reasons to avoid

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Could possibly use more security features

Zoom offers a video conferencing and messaging solution for desktop and app for mobile devices, that aims to be very quick and easy to set up, and offer a wide range of scaleable features.

Not only does it provide HD video and audio, but it can support up to 1,000 participants at the same time, and up to 49 videos on a single screen, though such large gatherings are probably best suited to big-screen monitors.

Meetings can be saved locally or to the cloud, along with transcripts that have searchable text to work with. Additionally, collaboration is built in with the ability for participants to share their screens and work together to provide their own notes as required.

On top of this a team chat feature allows for file sharing, a searchable history, and a ten year archive. Meetings can also be escalated into one-on-one calls. Security is built-in, using 256-bit TLS encryption for both meetings and shared files, and automated scheduling can be done from Gmail, Outlook, and iCal.

Even better is that a feature-rich free tier is available, and able to accommodate up to 100 people for up to 40 minutes, but to include additional tools for team administration and management and for more dedicated business and enterprise use.

Read out full Zoom review.

Best for webinar hosts

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Business-friendly video conferencing software

Reasons to buy

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Q&A polls
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Marketing tools
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Focus on productivity
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Automated follow up

Reasons to avoid

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Lacking central features of bigger rivals

ClickMeeting is absolutely loaded with features for webinar hosts. To start with, the software includes just about all the tools you could want during a presentation. You can share your screen, play slideshows and videos, and even let attendees take over your mouse to explore an interactive display. Better yet, ClickMeeting supports question-and-answer sessions and live polls, so you can get your audience participating and collect valuable data about attendees.

What’s really exciting about ClickMeeting for data-driven businesses is how the software integrates with analytics and marketing tools. You can embed a Facebook pixel on your webinar’s landing page or connect that page to Google Analytics. Your webinar page is also fully customizable, enabling you to show off your brand.

ClickMeeting even offers integrations with a number of popular business apps. You can link your Dropbox to have your webinar recordings automatically stored in the cloud, or use Zapier to integrate with an email marketing platform or CRM software.

There’s a lot to like about ClickMeeting if your company relies on webinars to garner leads or stay in touch with employees. This video conferencing software has a number of tools for keeping audiences engaged during meetings, plus automated follow-ups so you can capitalize on a successful webinar. The integrations are also a huge plus for productivity. For everything this software offers, the price is fairly reasonable, too.

Read our full ClickMeeting review.

Best for multimedia

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Multimedia video conferencing

Reasons to buy

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Free tier offering available
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No download required
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Feature-rich

Reasons to avoid

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Small profile so may be hard to set up calls
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Some random features

CyberLink is a Taiwanese multimedia software company. It was founded in 1996. U Meeting is the company’s video conferencing solution.

CyberLink U Meeting has four pricing plans, priced according to the number of participants and hosts required. Each also includes an increasing number of features as the pricing increases, up to the Enterprise edition which offers meeting analysis, premium customer support and end-to-end encryption. Users need to contact sales for a quote.

‘PerfectCam’ is a most random feature. Users can add computer generated makeup to their faces with the company promising to ‘create a truly professional look’.

U Meeting is entirely web-based. This might put some users off but it can be an advantage as you will not need to download any additional software to use U Meeting. It also does not offer video recording or the ability to dial into meetings using VoIP systems.

Read our full CyberLink U Meeting review.

Best for online learning

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Best video conferencing for online learning

Reasons to buy

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Online learning
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Virtual classroom
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Online whiteboard
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Breakout rooms

Reasons to avoid

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Not really business-focused

BigBlueButton is packed with features perfect for online learning webinars. During sessions, you can share audio, video, presentations, and your desktop while also collaborating with students using a whiteboard, shared notes, polls, and chat.

Where BigBlueButton goes further than traditional video conferencing software is in its features useful to a virtual classroom. For example, you have a multi-user whiteboard and can place students into group breakout rooms to work on problems together.

BigBlueButton is arguably the best open-source video conferencing software solution for online learning. Compared to most video conferencing solutions it’s difficult to set up, but it’s free and has all the features of expensive commercial online learning video conferencing software, and performance is great.

Read our full BigBlueButton review.

Best for ease of use

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Intuitive webinar and video meetings

Reasons to buy

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Affordable large meetings
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Intuitive interface

Reasons to avoid

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Some subscriptions costly
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Lacks some common tools

Zoho Meeting edges out the competition when it comes to price and ease of use. However, there are a couple of drawbacks to this platform, such as the absence of advanced integrations with third-party productivity tools.

Although Zoho Meeting lacks some of the fancier features available through competing services, it’s worth a look for anyone who wants solid screen sharing functionality or to set up scheduled video meetings.

Even though this video meeting platform might miss out on some common features, such as shared whiteboards and advanced integrations with third-party services, its simplicity is also an advantage, as no complex settings have to be adjusted prior to starting your first call. 

Affordability is also a major draw for Zoho Meeting customers, especially when it comes to coverage for up to 100 participants. For webinars and online conferences, Zoho Meeting is a good option.

Read our full Zoho Meeting review.

Best for quality

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Think outside this box with this futuristic video conferencing tool

Reasons to buy

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30-day free trial
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Dolby voice support
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Plentiful analytics on offer

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks key features of bigger rivals

BlueJeans was founded in 2009 and has its headquarters in California. The company provides inter-operable cloud-based video conferencing platform.

BlueJeans does not have a free tier but it does offer a 30-day free trial. There are three pricing tiers, starting with up to 50 attendees who can connect from any computer, iOS or Android device and all meetings include dial-in numbers. Additional plans include additional hours of recordings, a room system, and calendar support.

BlueJeans provides free phone audio in over 40 countries and supports Dolby voice. This might suit users who are more concerned about video quality rather than the number of features included with the platform.

BlueJeans seems to have fewer features than some of its nearest competitors however this is overlooked due to the quality of their system along with the fact users can utilize the 30-day free trial to see if it suits their needs.

Read our full BlueJeans review.

Best for small teams