Apps that Help Keep Family Connected

iPhonesYour ancestors might have decided to stay in the town that they grew up in. They would be surrounded by the other members of their family. Today, many people end up moving far away from family. Sometimes, the reason has to do with attending college. People also move in order to take a good job offer. Fortunately, you can still keep in touch with long-distance family members with any of the following apps.


Skype is a very popular way to keep in touch with family who live far away. You might already be using Skype to talk to your family members through your computer. Did you know that Skype has a mobile app? It would be great to use while you are traveling or on a lunch break.


The Skype mobile app is compatible with Windows Phone, Android, iPhone, and Blackberry devices. You can use Skype on your phone and connect to a family member who is using Skype on her computer. It is fairly easy to use and does not take long to learn.


WhatsApp has been in the news lately after their partnership with Facebook was announced. You can download Whatsapp and use it for free for 1 year. After the 1 year trial period ends, you will need to purchase the service. WhatsApp is compatible with Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia S40, Symbian and Windows Phone.


WhatsApp let’s you connect to people who use any of those phones – even if it doesn’t match the kind you are using. It will use your existing internet data plan. You can use WhatsApp to send images and video and audio media messages.


RedStamp is an app that you may not have heard of. Mashable recommends it as a good app to use to connect with family. RedStamp is compatible with Android, the iPhone and iPad, and Kindle Fire. You can download this app for free.


One of the unique things about RedStamp is that it has over 1,000 designs. You can personalize each of them with photos and text. After that, you can share your creative expression with your relatives through MMS, Twitter, email, Instagram Facebook, and even through the United States Postal Service!


FaceTime is another great option for connecting with family. It is compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac computers that have a built in camera. It functions similarly to how Skype does. The app costs $0.99 on the Mac App Store.


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