Skype was the best video calling software until a few years back. Now there are many video-calling clients available for all the major operating systems out there. Out of all, Skype still remains one of the best video calling software out there.

However, recently WhatsApp introduced video calling support in its WhatsApp messenger application and since then, WhatsApp is considered one of the best alternative to Skype for video calling.

So, which is the best video calling software out there? The answer is for you to decide and to help you pick the best video calling software between Skype and WhatsApp, today we are here with an article comparing the video calling features of WhatsApp and Skype.


No matter what, when you talk about video calling, Skype is indeed the first video calling software that comes into our mind. Below is the list of key features offered by the Skype video calling software.

  • Support for all major operating systems including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.
  • Skype does not require mobile number verification. To log in to Skype, you create a Skype account by using your email address and a password.
  • Apart from video calling, Skype also allows you to send text, video, and audio messages to other Skype users.
  • You can take photos and capture videos directly using the application.
  • Emojis are supported.
  • You can also send files to your Skype contacts.


Even though WhatsApp is a fairly new player in the video calling space, its user base of over 1 billion does give a very tough competition for Skype. The set of features provided by WhatsApp are similar to Skype and below are some of the best WhatsApp features.

  • You need to get your mobile number verified by WhatsApp to create an account.
  • Primarily an instant messenger, WhatsApp allows you to send texts, audio/video messages, photos, files, and more.
  • WhatsApp messenger was initially available for mobile operating systems like Android and iOS. The huge popularity of WhatsApp has now lead to the application expanding as a standalone Windows client and a browser-based client.
  • A huge collection of emojis is available along with support for GIF images.

Skype vs WhatsApp Video Calling Comparison

When it comes to the overall video calling experience, Skype and WhatsApp do offer satisfactory results. In our tests, it was found that Skype consumed a higher amount of data in comparison to WhatsApp.

However, in terms of the overall clarity and video calling experience, Skype offered better results, which can justify the higher data consumption.

If you are using Mobile Data for video calling, then you should know that both Skype and WhatsApp do consume quite a high amount of data for video calling. Therefore, if you have a limited mobile data bandwidth, then it is a good idea to use WiFi for video calling either using Skype or WhatsApp.

Final Words

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