As we navigate these challenging times, it’s important for our own mental health and well-being for us to remain as connected as possible. Thankfully, technology allows us to stay social, even if we’re physically separated from friends and family members.

Here are 5 online platforms and apps you can use to help keep you connected during the COVID-19 crisis, and beyond. Just keep in mind, you’ll need an internet connection to use all of these services. In some cases, your cellular service will do.

We hope they help you find the connections we’re all longing for during this difficult time.


You might have used Zoom for business meetings, but it’s a fantastic way to chat with friends and family. Best used on a laptop or desktop, Zoom allows you to join together all on one screen with video, and chat.


If you’re looking to connect with international friends and family, Skype allows you to do just that. Chat via audio or video, depending on what you prefer. Just make sure you have the newest version to do video calls.

Marco Polo

This fun video app lets you send video messages to individuals or groups. They can watch live or later, and respond within the video with a video message back to you. Start a group with your friends or family, and then keep a running diary.

House Party

It’s mostly young people who use this app, but it’s great for adults too. Start a party, then invite friends to join. You can all chat with each other at once. If you’re feeling ambitious, schedule a time to join the party together and watch a movie or Netflix show.

Group FaceTime

Similar to the House Party app, you can all video chat with each other at the same exact time. Just keep in mind that you’ll all need an iPhone to use this feature (with a newer iOS).

BONUS: Netflix Party allows you to all watch the same Netflix movie or show at the same time, right on your computer. This takes movie night to a whole new, very germ-free level.