6 Easy to Use Apps to

Keep Your Family Connected

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The pandemic showed that even though we couldn’t see our families in person, we could still stay in touch.

For example, Zoom had 10 million daily users in December 2019 and 300 million six months later!

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep up to date with the latest family gossip and news, we’ve put together a helpful guide to the best apps around.

Zoom

This wouldn’t be a list of the best communication apps if we didn’t include Zoom!

Zoom lets you make and receive video calls, both on your mobile and online. It’s super easy to use too – just organise a meeting space and send over a link.

One of the advantages of Zoom over other online video chat apps is its reliability. This means you can have a great video call, even if your broadband connection is a bit flaky.

Bear in mind that the free version of Zoom only offers unlimited time if two people are chatting. If there are more, you’re limited to 45 minutes. You can easily set up another meeting space and start again though.

Marco Polo

If you want to talk to people but don’t have the time for long video calls, Marco Polo could be perfect for you.

Just download the app, and you can send short video messages to friends and family that they can reply to in their own time. It’s a bit like texting, but a lot more fun!

The app is free, but you can also pay $5 a month for the Plus version, which comes with extra functionality.

Caribu

If you have grandkids or little ones that you don’t see too often, Caribu offers simple video calling with a twist.

Download the app, and you can read books, play games and draw together as you speak, meaning you don’t miss out on special storytime!

There is a free version of Caribu with limited access, but the paid-for version lets you use everything on offer.

FaceTime

If you’re a family of Apple fans, FaceTime is a great free way to stay connected.

The thing we love about FaceTime is because it’s integrated into all iPhones and iPads; you don’t need to download anything. Just find the number you want to call in your contact list, hit the FaceTime button, and you’re ready to chat!

Skribbl

Skribbl isn’t technically an app, but we thought we’d include it as it’s a lot of fun! If you enjoy a game of Pictionary, Skribbl is just like that, but online.

Skribbl will give you three words to choose from, and you draw a description of that word online. Then, everyone has to type in what they think you’re drawing, with points for the fastest.

It’s perfect if you want to enjoy a games night with the kids, especially if you use it alongside video chat!

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a free messaging app that lets you send texts, make phone calls and video chat.

One of the things we love the most about it is phone calls and texts are sent over your internet connection. This means as long as you’re signed in to the Wi-Fi, you won’t have to use your phone’s call and text allowance.

Why not use WhatsApp to create a family messaging group where you can send messages, memes and talk about funny things you see through the course of the day?

Stay connected with Fibre Heroes

When you need to talk to family and loved ones, it’s essential to have a reliable broadband connection. After all, you don’t want to have to keep dropping out of the conversation.

We provide full fibre broadband that’s over twenty times faster than the national average. This means you can read stories to the grandkids or catch up with your best friend in Australia – anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

Find out when we’re coming to your town with ultrafast broadband.

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