Video calling has become a hugely important way of keeping in touch, but making your first call can be daunting, so we’ve gathered together the best video calling courses for you.
Each of these apps works in a different way, so you’ll need to choose which one you want to use. Remember both you and the people you are talking with need to be using the same software.
Best total beginners courses
If you’re a total beginner, we think Learn My Way’s video calling course is a good starting point. It’ll walk you through the different apps such as Skype, Zoom and FaceTime. You’ll need to register, but it’s free to do so.
The BBC also has a great series of videos explaining what to do to make your first video call, which you can watch here.
As you get ready to make your first call, we’ve pulled together the best video calling courses, so you can find one that’s best suited to your level of technical expertise and the software you need to learn to use.
Best courses for Zoom
The AARP has produced a good overview of Zoom, although it does assume you’ve got a little bit of experience.
If you’d like a guide you can print out and have next to the computer or phone, then Senior Planet has one here.
Zoom also has a pretty decent getting started guide on its own site, complete with specific instructions for each of the platforms Zoom is available on.
Best courses for FaceTime
Apple’s own guide to using FaceTime is fantastic, and you can access it here.
Digital Unite has also put together a good guide for total beginners, which you can access here.
Best courses for Skype
Skype has its own course to using the software, and it’s pretty decent – you can access it here.
Best courses for Facebook Messenger
Facebook’s Messenger software is usually used more for text messaging, but it can also make and recieve video calls. This is particualrly useful if you or a friend have a Facebook Portal, the firm’s smart screen.
Facebook has a basic guide to Facebook Messenger here. We have a guide to its Rooms update here.