How to Stay in Touch With Loved Ones When You’re Away

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Being away from your loved ones can be challenging, but thankfully several apps can help you stay connected, no matter where you are in the world.

Whether you need to get access to her phone or computer to check in on her, want to send a loved one a quick text, or chat with them online, these six apps provide easy ways to stay connected with loved ones when you’re away.

1. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging app that allows you to stay in touch with your loved ones via text, voice, or video call. WhatsApp is free to download and use and is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and more.

With WhatsApp, you can easily send messages, photos, videos, and other files to your contacts without ever having to pay a penny. In addition, WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption for all conversations, ensuring that your messages are always private and secure.

2. Facebook Messenger

Another great app for staying in touch with your loved ones is Facebook Messenger. Messenger is a chat app that comes pre-installed on most smartphones these days. It’s free to use and effortless to set up – all you need is a Facebook account.

With Messenger, you can stay in touch with your Facebook friends via text, voice, or video call. You can also send photos, videos, GIFs, and more. Like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger also offers end-to-end encryption for all conversations.

Bonus: there’s also a version of Messenger for desktop and laptop computers, so you can stay in touch even when you’re not on your phone.

3. Skype

Skype is another excellent app for staying in touch with your loved ones when you’re away. Skype is a cross-platform app that allows you to make voice and video calls over the internet.

Skype also has a great feature called “screen sharing” which allows you to share your screen with the person you’re talking to. This is great for showing them photos, videos, or even presentations. So if you plan a cinema night with your friends from all over the world, Skype is the app for you!

The compatibility of the app is great. Whether you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Windows Phone, Mac, or even a Linux computer, you can download Skype for free and stay connected.

4. Viber

Viber is another cross-platform messaging app that’s similar to WhatsApp. With Viber, you can stay in touch with your contacts via text, voice, or video call – all for free! Viber also has great features like “Viber Out” which allows you to make calls to landlines and mobile phones at very low rates.

Viber is available on most iOS, Android, Windows Phone platforms, and more. In addition, you can customize your Viber experience with chat backgrounds, stickers, and GIFs. Video messages are also a great way to stay in touch with loved ones when you can’t be there in person.

5. Facetime

FaceTime is a great video calling app from Apple that only works on iOS devices. If all of your loved ones have iPhones or iPads, then FaceTime is a great option for staying in touch when you’re away – it’s quick, easy to use, and best of all it’s free!

Just like other video calling apps mentioned above (Skype, WhatsApp), FaceTime also allows you to make voice calls too – so even if they don’t have an iPhone or iPad you can still stay in touch! Moreover, FaceTime calls are end-to-end encrypted, so you can be sure that your conversations are private.

6. Discord

Discord is a great app for gamers that can also be used for staying in touch with loved ones. It’s a cross-platform app, so you can use it on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, Mac, PC, or even your web browser!

Discord offers both voice and text chat options, and you can easily create different channels for different groups of people. For example, you could have a channel for your family and another for your friends. You can also join public servers or create your own server and invite others to join.

Discord is free to use, and you can sign up with your email address or by connecting your Facebook account.


There are plenty of great apps for staying in touch with your loved ones when you’re away – whether you’re just on a business trip or halfway around the world! In this blog post, we looked at five of the best options: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, FaceTime, and Discord. So next time you’re feeling homesick while away from your family and friends, just pick up your phone and give them a call – they’ll be glad to hear from you!


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Kossi Adzo

Kossi Adzo is a technology enthusiast and digital strategist with a fervent passion for Apple products and the innovative technologies that orbit them. With a background in computer science and a decade of experience in app development and digital marketing, Kossi brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to the Apple Gazette team.

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