Skype vs Google Duo

Communicating online via calls, texts, video calls, emails, and many social media has become a huge part of the daily routine of everyone’s lives. And this type of communication is great because people are not always capable of talking in person.

Communicating online via calls, texts, video calls, emails, and many social media has become a huge part of the daily routine of everyone’s lives. And this type of communication is great because people are not always capable of talking in person.

It’s an amazing way of communication if you have someone out of the country you’re in or doing business online. But which apps are the best for these ways of communication? Which video calls apps precisely?

Today we will compare and review two currently most used video chat apps, as the title says, Skype and Google Duo.


Cost of the app and availability

Both apps are free. Both are available on Android and IOS. Skype has a bit more range. You can use it on many devices. Android, IOS, Windows, Linux, on some smart TVs also. So the first point is to go to Skype.

Logging in and Signing in

If you have a Google account, you can easily log into Google Duo in just two clicks. While the situation with Skype is a bit more complicated.

You need to fill out a lot of forms on Skype. Your username, password, email, date of birth, gender, etc. If that’s boring to you and you don’t have the time or patience, then Duo is the perfect app. Some points go to Duo as well for the short sign-up process.

Video call quality

Google rated its app as the one with the best quality video. We agree! Duo has amazing video call quality. It’s better than most apps, such as Viber or WhatsApp. But when you compare it to Skype, there isn’t any big difference in the video quality. They are both just as good and equal in this comparison if you ask us.


Privacy is one of the most important things you should consider while communicating online. Some apps have “end-to-end” encryption, and some don’t. Skype is not in the don’t group. There is encryption between you and the servers with which the company works, but not between you and their company. That’s set by default.

But if you want “end-to-end” encryption, no one, not even their company, can see the messages you send and receive. You’d have to turn it on yourself in the settings section. The duo is different, you are completely safe and protected from the start of using this app because their default is actually “end-to-end” encryption. And that’s a huge plus for Duo because not many people know about this, nor how to turn it on Skype, for example.

Group video chats

Google Duo supports video chats with 31 people max. Meanwhile, Skype offers a group video chat with 50 max participants. It’s great for video conferences and online classes. And what’s amazing is that Skype allows you to share your screen with other group chat participants, which is really helpful and very much used in school systems these days.

Logos of the apps

As you are already familiar, Duo has a little camera for its logo, and Skype has the letter S. Both apps have logos on a blue background. The reason is that the blue background symbolizes that they are user and family-friendly.

If you ask us, Skype has been our pal since the early days. But Duo is fresh and has better meat. Both have amazing features, and one should try both apps and choose which one they like better. One has features that the other one doesn’t and is in reverse. So it’s just a matter of perspective. Not everyone will like Duo, but not everyone likes Skype, either.

I hope this article helped you decide which one suits your needs more!

Birrell ChariotB

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