Video chats with up to 12 friends

Text chat and video calls with your Facebook friends using ooVoo Video Chat.

ooVoo Video Chat is a free iOS app that lets you have up to 12 participants in a text and video chat session on Facebook. The app installs easily and lets you see four chat participants at one time (scrolling to other screens to see the rest), or you can zoom in on one participant while maintaining a small window showing your feed.

To use ooVoo Video Chat, you log into Facebook; you can ping anyone else who is also logged in. You have the ability to initiate text chat with some people, even while video chatting with others at the same time. A search capability lets you find which of your friends has a copy of ooVoo Video Chat installed and is online. The ooVoo Video Chat interface takes just a few seconds to get familiar with, and initiating a call is easy after the first one. Since ooVoo Video Chat relies on VoIP, there is some lag with voice and video, but nothing surprising to an experienced VoIP user.

We tried ooVoo Video Chat with several video sessions and found it to be solid and that it worked as expected. While we suspect this app is ideal for teens and young adults, we did end up using it for a couple of conference calls (although not every business person will have a Facebook account). ooVoo Video Chat is an interesting app that gives you a lot more flexibility than other video chat apps.

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