Videoconferencing Guide

Due to COVID-19, many folks are evaluating or using videoconferencing or video chat. This chart compares several popular systems.

Free Paid 1:1 1:many Participant Limit Time Limit Record Share screen Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat Grid View Open Source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Browser extension Desktop Mobile
8x8
8x8
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit50 Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view≤ 9 Open source End-to-end encryption 1:1 1:1 Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
AnyMeeting
AnyMeeting
Free✔︎ Paid $10-13/month 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit4 free
10-30 paid
Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption ?? Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
BigBlueButton
BigBlueButton
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit150 Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source✔︎ End-to-end encryption Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop
Mobile
BlueJeans
BlueJeans
Free Paid $10-14/month 1:1paid 1:manypaid Participant limit50-150 paid Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view≤ 12 Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
Chime
Chime
Free✔︎ Paid it's complicated 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit16 desktop
8 mobile
250 (meeting)
Time limitno limit Recordpaid Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Firefox Chrome (Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
Discord
Discord
Free✔︎ Paid $5-10/mo
$50-100/yr
1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit8 Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Firefox Chrome (Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop Mobile
Duo
Duo
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree mobile only Participant limit12 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen Join as guest Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Multiparty Multiparty Multiparty Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop
Mobile
Etherpad
Etherpad
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit?? Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call Text chat Grid view Open source✔︎ End-to-end encryption Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop
Mobile
FaceTime
FaceTime
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit32 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Multiparty Multiparty Multiparty Join via browser Browser extension
Desktop Mobile
GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting
Free✔︎ Paid $12-16/month + enterprise pricing 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit4 free
150-250 paid
Time limit40 minutes free
no limit paid
Recordpaid Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
Hangouts
Hangouts
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit10 free
25 paid
Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen✔︎ Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view≤ 4 Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop
Mobile
Hangouts Meet
Hangouts Meet
Free Paid $6/12/25/month 1:1paid 1:manypaid Participant limit100-250 paid Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view≤ 16 Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop
Mobile
Houseparty
Houseparty
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit8 Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
Jami
Jami
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limitno limit Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source✔︎ End-to-end encryption Multiparty Multiparty Multiparty Join via browser Browser extension
Desktop Mobile
Jitsi
Jitsi
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit75 participants Time limitno limit Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source✔︎ End-to-end encryption 1:1 1:1 Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
Lifesize
Lifesize
Free✔︎ Paid $13-17/month 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit25 free
300 paid
Time limit90 minutes free
24 hours paid
Recordpaid Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat Grid view≤ 13 Open source End-to-end encryption 1:1 1:1 Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
Messenger
Messenger
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit50 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Firefox Chrome (Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop
Mobile
Signal
Signal
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:many Participant limit1 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view Open source✔︎ End-to-end encryption Multiparty Multiparty Multiparty Join via browser Browser extension
Desktop Mobile
Spike
Spike
Free✔︎ Paid $6/month 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit500 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call Text chat Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption 1:1 1:1 Join via browser Firefox Chrome (Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop Mobile
Skype
Skype
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit50 Time limit10 hours per day, 4 hours per call Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption 1:1 1:1 Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
Slack
Slack
Free✔︎ Paid $6.67-12.50/mo + enterprise pricing 1:1yes 1:manypaid Participant limit15 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen✔︎ Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
Desktop Mobile
Teams
Teams
Free✔︎ Paid $5-12.50/user/month 1:1free 1:manypaid Participant limit250 paid Time limit8 hours / 60 days Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view≤ 4 Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
UberConference
UberConference
Free✔︎ Paid $15/month 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit50 free
100 paid
Time limit45 mins (free)
5 hours (paid)
Recordfree Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari and Firefox audio only) (Safari (audio only), Firefox (audio only), Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop
Mobile
Webex Meetings
Webex Meetings
Free✔︎ Paid $13.50-27/month 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit100 free
200 paid
Time limit24 hours Recordpaid Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Multiparty Multiparty Multiparty Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari audio only) (Safari (audio only), Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Desktop Mobile
Wire
Wire
Free Paid €4-8/month 1:1paid 1:manypaid Participant limit4 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source✔︎ End-to-end encryption Multiparty Multiparty Multiparty Join via browser Firefox Chrome (Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop Mobile
WhatsApp
WhatsApp
Free✔︎ Paid 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit8 Time limitno limit Recordno Share screen Join as guest Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Multiparty Multiparty Multiparty Join via browser Browser extension
Desktop Mobile
Whereby
Whereby
Free✔︎ Paid $10-60/month 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit4 free
12-50 paid
Time limitno limit Recordyes Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call Text chat✔︎ Grid view✔︎ Open source End-to-end encryption Multiparty ≤ 4 Join via browser Safari Firefox Chrome (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
Desktop
Mobile
Zoom
Zoom
Free✔︎ Paid $15-20/month 1:1free 1:manyfree Participant limit100 free
300-500 paid
Time limit40 mins (free)
24 hours (paid)
Recordpaid Share screen✔︎ Join as guest✔︎ Join via phone call✔︎ Text chat✔︎ Grid view≤ 49 desktop ≤ 9 tablet Open source End-to-end encryption Join via browser Chrome (Chrome) Browser extension
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
Desktop Mobile

Notes

  1. Lifesize has a text chat in the app, but no per-meeting text chat.
  2. With Skype, you can call phones, but you cannot call in to Skype meetings from a phone.

About

No affiliate links or compensation of any kind was involved in the preparation of the guide. Last updated 2020-06-05. Revision 0.9.6. By Paul Schreiber. Research assistance from Jacob Hoffman-Andrews and Yael Grauer. Send suggestions, corrections, to info@videoconferencing.guide. Video Chat by Gregor Cresnar and People by Alice Design from the Noun Project.