Ways to Connect: How to Stay Social at a Distance

April 13,2020

If you’re like us, you’re wanting to connect with your friends and family virtually during this time of social distancing and quarantine. Staying connected is so important to keep our mind busy and body healthy. In this day and age of technology, there are so many ways to stay connected, but all the options can be overwhelming. We wanted to share our favorite ways to virtually visit our friends and family with quick how-to links to help you get back to seeing and chatting with your loved ones effortlessly.

Zoom is a remote conferencing service that provides remote video conferencing and chat capabilities. Zoom is best used on a computer, laptop or in the app on your smartphone. See a tutorial here.

Face Time

Facetime is a popular video chat for iPhone and Mac users to connect quickly. It is an app that is auto-installed on the latest iPhone and Mac models. Learn how to use this tool here.

Google Duo

Google Duo is a video chat mobile app for iPhone and Android users, and can also be used on desktops and laptops. Simply download the app to your smartphone and then check out this link for instructions on getting started or installing it on your computer.


SnapChat is an app for iPhone and Android smartphones that is mainly used for sending quick pictures and videos, or “Snaps.” With SnapChat, you can get a little more creative with adding filters and emojis to the content you are sending. You can also video call your SnapChat friends, here is how.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook is one of the most popular ways to stay connected virtually worldwide. Facebook’s messenger application now has video chat capabilities. If you are using your phone, be sure to have the separate Facebook Messenger app installed before getting started. Follow these instructions for starting a video chat on your smartphone, desktop, or laptop.


Many of us use the movie and TV show streaming service Netflix. If you are using Netflix on your laptop or desktop, you can now sync up your show or movie with a friend, so you can still binge your favorites with your friends and family. Use this link to learn how to do this using a Chrome plug-in.

See Team PHenomenal Hope’s COVID-19 resources here.

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