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For some of us, tech stuff just comes naturally – for others, not so much. We’ve rounded up how-tos for the most popular ways to chat virtually with your family members. All you need to do is send them this link!

Zoom
Zoom is the video chat software of the moment. With high audio and video quality across all of your devices and the ability to share screens, collaborate real-time on a virtual whiteboard and even activate the safe driving mode so you can chat on the go, it’s a favourite not just for colleagues, but relatives, too.
Here’s how to set it up

Skype
Skype your “nearest” and dearest anytime, anywhere from your computer, smartphone or tablet. The OG video messaging platform, Skype has been around for years and is incredibly easy to use – perfect for the grandies. Call mobile numbers and landlines, or chat face-to-face via their video function. The options are endless.
Here’s how to set it up

FaceTime
The Skype equivalent of Apple’s iOS operating system, FaceTime is made especially for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and even iMac users. Make video or audio calls, use fun effects and even switch the camera around to show your friends and family what you’re looking at. It’s built-into your iPhone, so it’s super easy to use.
Here’s how to set it up

Send a photo
You don’t need to video chat to stay connected to your relatives. In fact, your text messages are probably the best way to send and receive to-the-minute updates, especially when you add photos and videos to your messages. Most smartphones will do this in similar ways, but if the below guide confuses you, simply Google ‘How to send photos as text messages [smartphone type]’.
Here’s how to set it up

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