Android apps provide us with a mass of functions and services and now many people are using them to make free calls. After all, why pay for making calls on your landline when there are apps around that mean you don’t have to pay. They work as long as you have WiFi or a data connection and come with different features that make them suitable for all sorts of requirements. It’s worth noting though that with some apps, operator data charges may apply according to your plan. Therefore, it’s best to use WiFi or an unlimited data plan.

The Google Play Store is full of apps that allow you to make free voice calls, both locally and around the world, and with some, you can also make free video calls using front-facing smartphone cameras. Therefore, if you have the urge to speak to family and friends or see them face-to-face, you’re only a few clicks away.

Our choice of the top 10 free calling apps for Android makes this easy and convenient, especially with the faster connectivity speeds available now. All of our picks are free although some do include in-app purchases (IAPs). Don’t let these put you off though as they are only necessary for extras such as low-cost landline calls.

1. SKYPE – FREE IM & VIDEO CALLS

*Editors’ Choice* Price: Free with ads

There’s a reason why this seems like an obvious choice to start with and that’s because it’s good! The app has millions of users across the world and it allows you to instant message, voice call, or make a video call, all for free as long as the users are on Skype. As well as instant chat, HD video calling is possible for up to 25 people, making group chats easy, especially if you have an important announcement to make. If you’d rather not be seen on the video you can make plain old voice calls across the world through Skype.

Alternatively, the app offers low-cost rates for calling landlines or mobiles. There’s also the SMS Connect feature enabling you to access and reply to SMS messages sent to your phone from your computer. These are just a few of the features available so do have a look at this one.

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2. VIBER MESSENGER – MESSAGES, GROUP CHATS & CALLS

*Editor’s Choice* Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

With this app, you can send texts and share photos or GIFs, take part in group chat (up to 250 people), or make calls to other Viber users for free. Alternatively, if you want to call a non-Viber user or those without a mobile or Internet service, or make a landline call, the Viber Out feature offers international calling at low prices. Using in-app purchases for a Viber Out Subscription, which provides a set bundle of minutes to call someone, can do this. The app offers syncing across devices, and one of the neat features is Secret Chat, which enables you to automatically delete your sent messages from other people’s phones with a self-destruct timer.

Viber also offers engagement with other users, as you can start a Viber Community to connect about different topics or interests. This is a highly secure app using end-to-end encryption and we found the quality of audio and video calls to be excellent.

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3. LINE: FREE CALLS & MESSAGES

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

LINE provides free 1-on-1 or group chat (for up to 200 people) as well as voice and face-to-face video calls. It’s a multiple platform app that’s hugely popular across the world and has a lot of interesting and enjoyable features. These include different filters and effects during video calls, poll creation, social networking on Timeline, Face Play, and Keep personal storage space.

Further features include a Sticker Shop with hundreds of stickers to use and LINE official accounts where you can connect with brands and celebrities.

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4. FACEBOOK MESSENGER – TEXT & VIDEO CHAT FOR FREE

*Editor’s Choice* Price: Free/ Offers IAP

Many of us use Messenger for sending messages to friends but not everybody takes advantage of the free calls and group video chat. Remember, to get free calls and video you’ll need to be using WiFi, as standard data charges apply otherwise.

The app is a good way of contacting a group of friends at once, making it much easier to make plans, and just some of the extras are the use of emoji, GIFs and stickers, polls, voice messages, location sharing, and Messenger Camera. If you’re in the US, UK or France you can also use the app to send or receive money from friends via PayPal.

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5. WHATSAPP MESSENGER

Price: Free

Millions of people around the globe use WhatsApp Messenger, and the app now offers free calls, group chat, and video chat to other WhatsApp users. Like many other calling apps, you can call on WiFi or over the Internet connection of your phone, although data charges may apply to the latter. However, do take note that it’s not possible to call 911 or other emergency numbers through the app.

WhatsApp uses your existing phone number and address book, so there’s no need to remember PINS, passwords, or usernames. This means you’re always logged in meaning you don’t have to be concerned about missing anything. Features include notifications (though messages are saved for the next time you open the app), location sharing, custom wallpapers, email chat history and more.

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6. WECHAT

Price: Free/ Offers IAP

WeChat is another well-known name in the free calling sphere, allowing messaging, group chat (for up to 500 people), phone calls, and video calls (up to 9 people). Features include a Moment’s stream for sharing photos and videos with friends, Time Capsule for short videos that vanish 24 hours later, real-time-location sharing, a sticker gallery, top stories, games, and mini-programs. The app also features WeChat Pay and Wallet, and WeChat Out for low-cost calls to landlines and mobile phones.

The app supports various languages and translation, is certified by TRUSTe, and is used by more than 1 billion people.

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7. IMO FREE VIDEO CALLS & CHATS

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

Imo provides high-quality free and unlimited messages, voice, and video calls to other imo users, with group video calls also available. The app offers encrypted calls along with free stickers and video and photo sharing. It’s a basic but user-friendly app, with a nice clean interface that makes it appealing to use.

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8. GOOGLE DUO – HIGH QUALITY VIDEO CALLS

*Editors’ Choice* Price: Free

This is a little different to the others on our list as it focuses on video calling. However, more recently Google has added the option of voice-only calls if required. You can connect to other Google Duo users, and even though it’s a Google app it’s available for iOS smartphone owners as well as Android users.

It takes just one tap to start a video call, and if the person you’re calling can’t answer you can leave a video message instead. As well as this, there’s a Knock Knock feature that allows you to preview incoming calls. We can attest that Google Duo is a solid performer and that video calls with this app are of very high quality.

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9. SIGNAL PRIVATE MESSENGER

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

The main strength of this open source app is its focus on security and privacy. It uses end-to-end encryption and no data or communication is stored on Signal’s servers, so you’ll never have to worry about anything getting out that shouldn’t! It also enables you to create encrypted groups and doesn’t allow the server to access any metadata from that group. You can make free voice and video calls, and the app uses your current phone number and address book, avoiding the need for logins, PINs, or passwords.

It’s a highly rated app with a user score of 4.6/5 stars on the Play Store. However, one drawback is that Signal doesn’t support tablets although there are plans for this in the pipeline.

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Signal Private Messenger

10. KAKAOTALK: FREE CALLS & TEXT

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

KakaoTalk is a reliable app that makes it quick and easy to chat with friends and family over WiFi or an Internet connection. It offers free calls (1 to 1 or group) as well as messages, unlimited group chat, and multimedia sharing. There are plenty of fun features such as voice filters, deals and coupons, and free emoticons and stickers.

Also, the app provides appointment scheduling with reminders, and there’s an Item Store if you want to access more sticker collections.

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Last word

Whether you prefer voice calls or video calls, our assortment of the top 10 free calling apps for Android provides something for everyone. Let us know which one is your preferred choice or send us a comment if you use a free calls app that you think is worthy of a mention.

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