Which is better Skype or Hangouts? Find out the differences

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There are many apps that we have available to keep in touch with our friends or with our work group. But of course we have to find an application that suits our needs and that allows us to work in the most productive way possible.

For this reason, we will see a comparison between the two applications so that you can choose which of the two to use depending on your situation.

Skype vs Hangouts, which is best?

Let's start with the most basic: install the app. In the case of Skype, it is essential to download it no matter what device we are on. It is not too complicated a process either. From mobile devices it is something extremely simple and almost automatic.



In the case of Windows, this is about downloading the executable file from the official site and installing it like any other problem, it is a process that takes no more than 5 minutes. Also Skype has a web version to use from Chrome without downloading anything.

With Hangouts, however, it is different because it can be used by Chrome and it is pre-installed on most Android devices, which is normal since the operating system belongs to Google.

Regarding video calls from Hangouts with the Enterprise plan, video calling they can be registered, the which is quite useful for a large number of situations. You can even broadcast live video conferences on YouTube quite easily.

In Skype, video calls can be up to 50 people and of those 50, ten can use a camera. The big advantage is that the picture and sound quality of Skype are in HD and they work quite well on any device, far superior to Hangouts in this section.



In the meantime, Hangouts allows you to make video calls, but up to 25 participants. This can be a headache for large companies as they will be quite limited.

Comparison of Skype and Hangouts

We can't deny that Hangouts is a powerful app that has a lot of positives. By itself, in terms of usability, Hangouts could win the prize because it is extremely simple and intuitive, which characterizes Google's apps.

On the other hand, Skype can be a little more complicated to use, especially its business version. Although it has a number of interesting options that once you get used to it you can get the most out of it.

In terms of screen and file sharing, Skype wins the award. This is mainly due to the fact that in Hangouts rely heavily on Google Drive. In Skype, however, it is much simpler and above all direct.


Although the learning curve may be more complicated in Skype, in the long run Microsoft's app ends up convincing and accepting, especially due to the number of updates and the importance it has for the company. Give optimal results to maintain smooth communication with your colleagues.


In any case, if you still have any doubts. Ideally, you should take the time to test both applications as, depending on various factors, you may have more than enough with Hangouts to stay connected. They both have good and bad things, the ideal is to try them yourself and from that point you can come to the conclusion which is best.

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