The pandemic’s quarantine has led people to work from home, cancel holiday plans and stay home when they can. But staying home means you still need to find ways to get your work done, communicate with friends and family and celebrate special occasions. Thankfully technology right now lets us achieve some type of togetherness. Below are a few ways you can connect to those around the world.

ALEXA – Making calls with Alexa is easy. Reach friends and family on their Alexa-enabled device, the Alexa app, or their home and mobile numbers in the US, Canada, and Mexico – for free. Once you verify your phone number and sync your contacts in the Amazon Alexa app, just ask Alexa to call any of your contacts by name to make hands-free calls while you multitask. You can also make video calls to friends and family between any Echo Show, Echo Spot, or the Alexa app. Ready to get started, click HERE for details.

FACEBOOK MESSENGER – If you have a Facebook account you can use Messenger to make voice and video calls over the internet. Chat with one person or with a group of people. Join messenger HERE.

FACE TIME – Connect with family and friends around the world with FaceTime. Make audio and video calls from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to other iOS devices or even a Mac. You can FaceTime up to 32 people at once. This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad HERE.

GOOGLE DUO – Simple, high quality, encrypted video calls on Android phones, iPhones, tablets, computers, and Smart Displays like the Google Nest Hub Max. Create a group with up to 12 people. Then, tap the group name to easily start a group video call. Download on Android or iOS.

GOOGLE HANGOUTS – Connect with your family and friends anywhere with easy to join video calls. You and your friends will need gmail accounts, once you have that you can send an invite to whoever it is you want to talk to, up to 25 people can share a Google Hangout.

HOUSEPARTYHouseparty is a video app you can use to stay connected. It gives you a split screen to look at callers in the “house” and allows 8 people max. There are also game options to play with those on the call. They also have a Facemail feature where you can leave a video message for someone to receive when they open the app. It’s available for iOS, Android, macOS and Chrome.

MARCO POLO – An app that lets you send video messages that are only a few seconds long. March Polo saves videos so you can have a running conversation with your friend/family member or group of friends. You can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play.

NETFLIX PARTY – An extension that lets multiple Netflix users watch a show together from different locations. The extension is only available for Google Chrome browsers, if you need to download the free Google Chrome browser click HERE.

PHONE CALL – If you don’t have a webcam or computer but still want to connect, you can call your friends and family and use speakerphone. Hearing your loved ones voice is bound to make your quarantined days better. International Calls – Line offers free international voice and video calls, it’s available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Windows PC and Mac.

SKYPE – Skype specializes in video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets and mobile devices. Skype calls are free anywhere in the world. It’s available on web, Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Xbox, Alexa.

VIBERViber is a calling and messaging app that connects people–no matter who they are, or where they’re from. With a free and secure connection, over 1 billion users worldwide communicate with their loved ones through high-quality audio and video calls, messaging, and much more. All Viber calls and chats are protected by built-in end-to-end encryption, so you can be sure that your conversations are always secure.

WHATSAPP MESSENGER– With WhatsApp, you’ll get fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free, available on phones all over the world. Download now

ZOOM – A communications app for video conferencing and meetings. Individuals can setup a free personal account HERE and have meet-ups with coworkers, family or friends.