Video calling on your Mac
Shrink the miles between you and your loved ones with a video call
Video calls are a great option for keeping in touch, since you can see the person you’re chatting to. If you can’t be at a family occasion or you simply want to catch up with far-flung friends, a video chat can be the next best thing.
Apple has made it really easy to make video calls to anyone else with an Apple device. You just need to open the FaceTime app on your Mac and call people in your Contacts list.
To hold video chat with friends who don’t have a Mac or iOS device, you can use Skype – a service that lets you make phone and video calls over the web using any sort of connected device: Mac, laptop, phone or tablet are all fine. You need to know the other person’s Skype account name – often it’s their email address.
Using either service from your Mac is free as long as you’re on Wi-Fi or a home broadband connection. Rosie Hattersley
Sure, you could email or send an iMessage, but video calling has an extra personal touch.