Before I became the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at Linda Allard Jewelry, I was an IT guy. They called me the IT Magician because I could work magic with a computer. Lol. Anyway … I thought I would put some of that knowledge to good use to help you stay connected during these tough times.
Since most of us are stuck at home right now because of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to be able to stay connected to friends and family. Texting is nice, but it’s amazing how good it feels to actually talk to someone. Luckily, there are several free ways to do just that and more.
Those who have Apple devices (iPhone / iPad) can use FaceTime, which allows you to not only talk to people but see them as well. All you need to do is select someone from your contacts and click on FaceTime.
Use this free service to host virtual meetings with multiple people. We used it to have a birthday party, host a game night and even do Zumba. It’s super easy to setup and use. Here’s a link to a page with instructional videos.
3. Facebook Messenger
Most of the world is on Facebook, so using messenger may be the option for you. In messenger, you get the option to start a group chat, with or without video. You can use your phone or your computer.
4. Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is the Android equivalent of Apple’s FaceTime. The app is available in Google Play.
For the technologically challenged there is always the phone. You don’t get video, but you do get to hear a friendly voice.
It may sound weird, but I was surprised at how much it lifted my spirits to be able to talk with and see the kids and grandchildren. Even introverts may be having trouble with being forced to stay in, so give some of these solutions a try.
What are you doing to stay connected? Let us know.