Spending Mother's Day separately can be difficult, be it because of social distance or simply because you don't live close by. For many moms, a video chat offers a better experience than just making a call. Plus, it's easy to set up even if your mom isn't tech savvy.
There are few things mothers love more than having their children all together. While social aloofness makes this difficult, you can use an unlimited number of free video chat applications to connect the whole family. Which service you choose depends on what devices your mom has and can easily use.
FaceTime: If Everyone Has Apple Devices
If Mother and the Rest of the Family All Own Apple Devices, the Built-in FaceTime App Lets You Make Easy Video Calls on iPhone, iPad or Mac. Apple TV also allows you to use FaceTime, although it is easier to bring the family together on iPhone and iPad.
If you're having trouble loading FaceTime, try updating or redownloading the app from the Apple App Store.
Skype: If Everyone Has Different Devices
Skype is one of the best known video chat apps, although it is not standard on most devices. You can download the desktop version of Skype for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can also download the mobile versions for Apple or Android devices. Once you've gathered each family member on Skype devices, you can start a video call that everyone can join.
Don't forget to change your background to something that celebrates mothers!
Facebook Messenger: If Everyone is on Facebook
Many family members around the world use Facebook to keep in touch. Get together with mom and the whole family (up to 50 guests) with a free Facebook account. You can access Facebook's video chat app in Messenger through the desktop version of the website. It is also available in the mobile app for Android and Apple devices.
Start the video call after making sure all of your family members are connected on Facebook.
Zoom: If you want to participate by phone
Zoom is a popular solution for free video chats on any desktop or laptop computer. You can set up a Zoom meeting for free in minutes. The person who starts and hosts the meeting must download the desktop client from the Zoom Download Center.
Once your call is active, you can invite anyone by sending them a link, regardless of whether the client is installed or not. They can even dial in to the meeting by phone.
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With all these free video chat solutions, there's no excuse not to show mom that precious face of yours on Mother's Day. If you have connection problems with one service, just hop on the other!
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