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The 7 best random video chat apps: features and functions

Random video dating is convenient, safe and cost effective. The first anonymous video chat sites began to appear in 2009 and have become extremely popular in a relatively short time. However historically they always had a rather serious disadvantage — random web chat sites only worked in a browser, so for comfortable communication, you had to be sitting at a computer. Or at least carry a laptop with you and spend time searching for an Internet access point.

Later on, the situation changed — developers launched mobile versions of sites that were less resource heavy and faster. But that solution wasn’t perfect either, and now there’s a far better alternative — proprietary video chat apps for chatting with strangers. Users were no longer tied to their computer, and it became much more convenient to use video chat from a smartphone or tablet. Also, filters and settings for searching for chat partners appeared right within the applications, connection speeds turned out to be faster, and the use of video chat on a smartphone became much more convenient overall. We’d like to share a few of the best random chat apps you should check out.

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The 7 best apps for random dating

  • Hippo

Hippo is an extremely popular random video chat app for iOS and Android. It allows you to quickly find new chat partners and provides a convenient gender filter. Also, Hippo focuses on privacy and anonymity. By default, your image will be blurred for your chat partner — you can make it visible whenever you’re ready to be seen by your chat partner.

Hippo is a handy app for those who value anonymity and do not want to reveal their faces to the first people they meet on the Internet. Although Hippo has a relatively low rating in the app stores, this video chat app is still worthy of your attention.

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  • Nowchat

Nowchat is an exclusive chat with strangers app for iOS devices. The video chat interface is quite simple — it only allows you to specify the gender of your desired chat partner for search. But there’s a useful function to add users to your friends list — you can add interesting people as friends and communicate with them again in the future. Many anonymous video chat apps don’t offer this option — if you cut off the connection with a chat partner, it is almost impossible to return to them again.

  • Azar

The casual video chat app Azar combines the functions of classic chat roulette and a social network. Unlike most apps of this sort, on Azar you can create and fill out your own profile, as well as view the accounts of other users. You can communicate via text or video chat, and various filters and video masks help to make things exciting. Among other features, chat has an auto-translation function so that messages will appear in your chosen language, as well as a “History” section, which allows you to revisit earlier conversations.

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  • Coco

This app for iOS and Android not only allows you to chat face to face with strangers, but also provides several additional useful features. For example, you can send video messages to people on your friends and subscribers list, share live broadcasts with friends, and find friends by interest.

  • CooMeet

One of the best apps for chatting with strangers, specifically girls. When registering, each new female user confirms her identity, which prevents fakes and bots from appearing on the site. Accordingly, men can chat in a random chat without doubting that each partner on is a real girl who is interested in dating. CooMeet has official iOS and Android apps, but if you want, you can also use the web version. It’s no less convenient and functional, even in a mobile browser.

  • Chatrandom

A very popular random video chat app with gender and geographic filters, as well as a convenient section of chat rooms by interests. You can connect to any of the rooms and chat with like-minded people, or for an additional fee, you can visit a separate chat with just girls. Also, for gay users there is a gay chat area. One of the novel features of Chatrandom is a field for entering your own interests. You can indicate what you’re interested in, and the system will try to select the most suitable chat partners for you.

  • Camsurf

According to the developers of the Camsurf random video chat app, it’s used by millions of people in more than 200 countries around the world. Chat is anonymous and confidential, and the app offers convenient filters for gender and location. These are not as perfect as those on CooMeet, but they work fairly well. Recently, users have been complaining about the abundance of ads in chat, but you can turn them off by paying for premium access.

Random video chat apps — almost always better than web versions

Perhaps some will disagree, but on so many levels, chat applications are more convenient and functional than the web versions. Here are just a few of the clear benefits:

  1. You’re not tied to a bulky computer or laptop. Chat from your smartphone or tablet anywhere, anytime.
  2. No need to buy a microphone and webcam separately. Everything you need is already in your smartphone. Even the cheapest ones will work fine.
  3. Apps are generally faster and more user-friendly than web versions. It is easier and nicer to use them.
  4. Every year there are more and more video chat apps, and the web versions are gradually fading into the background. Some video chat apps do not have desktop versions at all.
James Musoba
James Musoba
Studying Africa's startup and technology scene. I always look forward to discovering new exciting inventions and vibrant entrepreneurs.

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