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16 Best Zoom Alternatives and Competitors in 2022

Published on May 2, 2022 • Updated on June 9, 2022 • About 13 min. read

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Zoom alternatives and competitors

Zoom has been the world’s go-to video conferencing tool since everything turned upside-down with the start of the pandemic two years ago. But despite Zoom’s surge to prominence, it doesn’t suit every need.

With this in mind, we’ve applied our specialist understanding of the video conferencing market to take you through the benefits and drawbacks of our favorite platforms so you can decide what’s best for you.

But before we turn to each of our best Zoom alternatives, here’s our pick of them all.

Our top pick: Livestorm

You surely can’t be surprised Livestorm is our number one pick as the best Zoom alternative – but how can we be so confident in that claim? After all, the world isn’t short of video conferencing tools, and the competition includes heavyweights like Microsoft and Google.

Here are the key factors that make Livestorm the outstanding alternative to Zoom:

Versatility

Livestorm isn’t divided into different products, each one of those split into different plans, with different features, and different levels of support. Livestorm is a single platform, and it does everything.

So, with Livestorm, whether you want a quick call with your co-worker, a giant hiring session for 3000 participants, you use the same platform to do it all. Not just that, all paying Livestorm users receive world-class, multiple-language chat support.

That amazing flexibility and expert assistance makes Livestorm suitable for all kinds of business or educational needs. Here are some of our most popular use cases:

Engagement

Livestorm is a video engagement platform that’s dedicated to making all your meetings, webinars, and online events inclusive, collaborative, and fun – for everyone.

And, as a video engagement platform, Livestorm manages every part of an event – from the preparation beforehand. reminder emails, and actual event itself, to the follow-up and metrics measuring success, afterward.

Livestorm’s engagement features for bringing teams, participants, audiences, and hosts together include:

  • Emoji reactions
  • Polls
  • Question upvotes
  • Virtual backgrounds
  • Screen sharing
  • Multi-media sharing
  • Breakout rooms
  • Unlimited event replays
  • Engagement analytics

Accessibility

While Livestorm is highly customizable with thousands of plugins and integrations available, it’s also incredibly simple to use.

It’s completely browser-based, so users never have to download any software or apps, and it’s designed to be completely intuitive for all users, whether they’re creating an event or joining a call.

Free plan

With Livestorm Starter, you can use all of the features described here, and many more. So you can put everything Livestorm has to offer to the test (all the engagement features, for any use case, utilizing premium support), indefinitely.

With that said, there are still many other fantastic alternatives to Zoom, and some may be more aligned to your precise needs than others. So let’s now look at all our best recommendations.

Best alternatives to Zoom Meetings

What is Zoom Meetings?

Zoom Meetings

Zoom Meetings is Zoom’s answer to video conferencing for teams, businesses, and enterprises.

Prices range as shown below:

  • Basic: the free plan (100 attendees, 40 minutes max.)
  • Pro: $149.90/year/license paid annually (100 attendees), minimum 9 licenses
  • Business: $199.90/year/license paid annually (300 attendees), minimum 10 licenses for $1,999/year
  • Enterprise: $240/year/license minimum (500 attendees), minimum 50 licenses for $12,000/year

Features include fun backgrounds, breakout rooms, polling, live streaming, and TLS encryption.

Zoom Meetings is a high-quality video conferencing tool, but if you’re looking for an alternative that’s more accessible, more versatile, or one that has a better track record with security, see our five recommendations.

5 best alternatives to Zoom Meetings

Livestorm

Livestorm virtual meeting

Livestorm makes face-to-face meetings fun, dynamic, and easy for all the team. The browser-based platform is simple to use even for technophobes, with meeting creation handled in seconds, and joining a call as simple as clicking a link.

In-room features is where Livestorm really comes alive – the video engagement platform specializes in making your Monday morning meetings engaging with emoji reactions, polls, and breakout rooms among the most popular engagement features.

Also, Livestorm offers unlimited meeting replays, which are automatically shared with everyone who was invited to the call.

As a solution for businesses looking to make their meetings fun, collaborative, and easy, Livestorm is a fantastic option. But it’s not just suitable for group calls and one-to-ones, but also for onboarding, training, demos, and interviews, among many other use cases.

Google Meet

Google Meet

Google Meet’s secure video conferencing tool (previously called Hangouts Meet) comes as part of G Suite and makes it easy for users to hop on a call – like Livestorm, there are no apps or plugins required, all users need is a link to join in on meetings in their browser.

Another user-friendly feature of Google Meet is how simple it is to join from calendar events. If your team is used to working with G Suite, you can see your co-worker’s schedule in Google Calendar, pick a free slot within that, and create your meeting there and then.

Where Google Meet is limited is its range of functionality. So, while it’s an intuitive, accessible tool, it doesn’t have all the engagement features that a dedicated video engagement platform like Livestorm can offer, and some features, like polls, are only available in the enterprise plan.

Microsoft Teams

Video conference on Microsoft Teams

With Microsoft Teams, users can enjoy full integration with Microsoft 365, plenty of cloud storage (up to 1 TB per person with some of its plans), and also a handy Google Chrome extension.

Like Livestorm, Microsoft Teams offers versatility to teams who might have a one-to-one off-the-cuff meeting one afternoon, and a big quarterly all-hands the next (with up to 300 participants in the Business Essentials plan).

Despite that versatility, though, Microsoft Teams is very much part of the closed Microsoft 365 ecosystem with little room for integrations outside of that. Also, though Microsoft Teams can be used in-browser, its full functionality is found in-app, which requires a download and Microsoft account log-in.

Webex Meetings

Webex meetings

Webex offers some excellent collaborative in-meeting features, including breakout rooms, file and screen sharing, digital whiteboards, and polls. Also, you can choose from a range of backgrounds, and take advantage of some of its AI capability with gesture recognition and automatic transcription.

With all that functionality, though, set-up can be cumbersome, with not just an app download, but also an emailed code used for identity verification. That said, like Livestorm, Webex is a highly versatile tool with over 1000 integrations, and so is one of the best options on the market.

BlueJeans

BlueJeans Video Conference

BlueJeans’ virtual meeting software is geared towards smaller teams (its Enterprise Plus plan hosts up to 200 attendees) looking for a low-cost solution but with some engagement features, like breakout rooms, digital whiteboards, screen sharing, and file sharing.

There are unlimited recordings with BlueJeans’ premium plans, which also offers brand customizations, and automated closed captioning.

BlueJeans is a popular platform but it isn’t as user-friendly as some of its competitors. For example, meeting organizers sometimes struggle to quickly set up meetings, while unregistered attendees need to download the app before joining a call.

Best alternatives to Zoom Webinar

What is Zoom Webinar?

Zoom Webinar

With Zoom Webinar, which is a completely separate product from Zoom Meetings, you can create unlimited webinar sessions of up to 30 hours in length. You can integrate the platform with your CRM, customize paid registrations, and live stream your presentations.

Prices range from $690/year/license (500 attendees) to $64,900/year/license (10,000 attendees). For larger webinar sessions, contact sales.

There are also optional add-ons for cloud storage, premium support, event services, and audio conferencing, that are billed as separate plans.

Now see the best Zoom Webinar alternatives, below.

4 best alternatives to Zoom Webinar

Livestorm

With Livestorm, you create and manage all your webinars within a browser-based dashboard, where you handle everything from generating registration pages to auto-scheduling emails and delving into engagement analytics. And you can try it all out for free with no credit card details required.

Livestorm gives you all the tools you need to engage participants, with multi-media sharing, polls, question upvotes, and more. Also, you can automate CTAs to appear at certain times throughout your presentations to further monetize the audience.

And, with thousands of integrations available, you can automate event data with your CRM, making your webinar a highly powerful marketing tool.

Virtual meeting with poll

GoToWebinar

GotoWebinar

At up to $499/organizer/month (billed annually), GotoWebinar is a pricier webinar tool. For the enterprise-level plan you can have up to 3000 participants, custom registration, event promotion, and automated email reminders. Also, GoToWebinar offers some of the engagement features available with Livestorm, like polls, multimedia sharing, and event analytics.

Unlike Livestorm, though, GoToWebinar users need to download the app, and some complaints about its stability and audio quality can be found on sites like trustradius.

ON24

ON24

ON24’s webinars are customizable with branded backgrounds, they offer automated closed captions across 50 different languages, and there is a dashboard for hosts to see engagement analytics reports.

Though some users have issues with ON24’s onboarding and user support, it’s a largely user-friendly browser-based platform with essential engagement features like polls, chats, and breakout rooms (but not digital whiteboards).

Demio

Demio

Demio is an effective browser-based webinar platform that’s fast for attendees to join, offering some excellent engagement features, including emoji gestures, chats, breakout rooms, and interactive polls.

In terms of drawbacks, while the Demio premium plan offers a maximum of 1000 attendees, it’s otherwise limited to 150 attendees. Also, there are limits with event engagement tracking – unlike Livestorm, there’s no way to track messages or questions answered, or to see poll responses.

Another issue is that Demio’s marketing analytics suffer from having no UTM tracking or way to integrate through Google Analytics. And though you can take advantage of Demio’s built-in email automation feature, it has very limited functionality. Meanwhile, Demio’s breadth of integrations is far more limited than many of its competitors, with platforms like HubSpot and Marketo only available with the premium plan.

WebinarJam

Webinar Jam Video Conference

Very much targeted toward small businesses, Webinar Jam is one of the cheapest webinar platforms out there. So as long as your requirements are relatively basic, it offers great value, with a maximum number of 5000 attendees for $379 a month.

However, because of that drop-off in performance and functionality, you may notice some streaming delays that affect host-audience interaction, limited customizations for branded designs, and low-quality presentation replays.

Best Alternatives to Zoom Events

What is Zoom Events?

Zoom’s event management solution is a comprehensive platform for creating and marketing your virtual events with event hubs, customizable registration and ticketing, live streaming, and analytics.

Prices range from $890/year/license (500 attendees) to $84,400/year/license (10,000 attendees), with larger events requiring a conversation with the sales team.

There are also optional add-ons for cloud storage, premium support, event services, and audio conferencing, that are billed as separate plans.

Now see our top alternatives to Zoom Events, below.

4 best alternatives to Zoom Events

Hopin

Hopin background options for video conferences

Hopin is a virtual and hybrid events platform, where event organizers can create multiple virtual rooms for attendees to freely join, interact, learn, and contribute. Example events include undergraduate conferences, career fairs, retail summits, and top speaker sessions.

To join an event, attendees need to register and sign up first, so while Hopin claims to be suitable for one-to-one and team meetings, the platform is squarely aimed at the large events market and capable of handling enormous numbers.

Another indication of this is the fact that some basic features, for example, event recordings and replays and breakout rooms are only available with paid plans. Meanwhile, other features, like Zapier, Marketo, and Salesforce integrations, registration and email customization, and advanced analytics, are only available with the business and enterprise plans.

Accelevents

Accelevents

Like Hopin, Accelevents is catered for major virtual and hybrid events, like trade shows, fundraisers, product launches, and career fairs.

It offers no-limit attendee numbers, custom branding (though the full functionality here is only available with the premium version, at $5000 per event), and engagement features, like breakout rooms, polls, gamification, and Q&As.

As with the custom branding, there are other features that require the premium plan to be fully unlocked, like its integrations and engagement analytics.

Hubilo

Hubilo differentiates itself from other major virtual and hybrid events platforms with its Event Networking Community Platform, where registrants have a forum to build engagement pre- and post-event.

The platform creates very intuitive virtual spaces for chat and discussion, with one user describing it as easy as walking up to a cocktail table and starting a conversation – though adjusting the numbers of attendees that can interact in those spaces can be complicated.

One criticism of Hubilo is that its custom designs are limited, but even so, most organizers report having had a positive experience with the platform, often highlighting its handy language toggle, easy navigation, and entertainment features.

BigMarker

Fully customizable virtual conference and expo hall lobbies, customizable booths for sponsors, and automated pre-and post-event communications are some of the features BigMarker is most keen to highlight.

One of the platform’s strengths is its accessibility: Like Livestorm, BigMarker doesn’t force attendees to download any apps, and another positive users often comment on is its reliability. However, BigMarker’s event replays lack some quality and they can take a long time to be shared.

In terms of disadvantages, BigMarker only offers a 7-day trial (compare this with Livestorm, which you can keep trialing indefinitely).

What are the best free Zoom alternatives?

Zoom’s popularity soared in the wake of the pandemic as businesses started remote working en masse. Its free version is offered as Zoom’s Basic plan and is designed for personal meetings (rather than professional teams, webinars, and events). With it, your meetings can have up to 100 participants, and group calls last a maximum of 40 minutes.

The Basic plan offers some great engagement features, like virtual backgrounds, screen sharing, and breakout rooms, but lacks others, like polling, digital whiteboards, and cloud-stored recordings.

In short, Zoom’s free version is a fantastic tool for friends and family or teams with simple needs. It offers quality calls that work best in-app. Also, it includes some fun features – but it’s not very useful for teams looking to trial it for professional use.

So if you’re considering a free alternative to Zoom – maybe because you want a more powerful tool for your growing business, or perhaps because you need a more authentic experience of how your video conferencing platform will work day-to-day, here are our recommendations.

Livestorm

As a true video engagement platform, Livestorm is amazing for bringing teams together with fun, engaging features like emoji reactions, breakout rooms, polls, Miro whiteboards, and more. And what’s really special about its free version, the Starter plan, is that all those features are available for an unlimited time.

So, not only can you experience Livestorm engagement features for free, from question upvotes to Q&As to phone dial-ins, you can also create on-demand events without limit, enjoy virtual backgrounds, customize rooms, and have unlimited event replays.

Livestorm Starter limits event times to 20 minutes, so it’s likely not a practical long-term solution to a growing business’s needs, but as a way to discover the platform and see how it meets your expectations, it’s a unique offering.

Meeting attendats on Livestorm

Google Meet

Google Meet has been free for anyone with a Google Account since May 2020, with the free version allowing users to have up to 100 guests for a maximum of 60 minutes per call.

The video conferencing tool is highly reliable, secure, and, especially for long-term Gmail users, intuitive – you don’t need to download an app, and it’s simple to create an event via the Google Calendar.

Probably best for small teams with basic needs, Google Meet’s free version doesn’t offer much in the way of engagement features, with polls, Q&A, breakout rooms, and hand raise, all only available with paid plans.

However, the free version does offer screen share and live closed captions in multiple languages, and remains a great tool for one-to-one meetings.

Microsoft Teams

Like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams’ free version allows calls of up to 100 participants for a maximum of 60 minutes.

Again, it’s a high-performance video tool that’s reliable and secure. Also, Microsoft Teams’ free version includes file sharing and polls, but it has little else in the way of engagement features – so, for example, there are no breakout rooms, no emoji reactions, and no questions upvotes.

But, despite not being able to compare with Livestorm’s array of engagement tools, Microsoft Teams is a fantastic free video conferencing tool that comes alive for teams already committed to using the Microsoft 365 ecosystem of apps and tools as part of their day-to-day operations and workflows.

How well do Zoom competitors match up?

Despite Zoom being so popular it’s even become a verb for video calling, there are still specialist competitors for each of its products that match its high standards in quality and functionality, such as Hopin for big virtual events.

Also, there are Zoom competitors like Microsoft Teams and Google Meet that work fantastically within their respective app ecosystems for businesses that use those tools for all their collaborative workflows.

Then there’s Livestorm, which is unique as a Zoom alternative. A video engagement platform that specializes in fostering participation and teamwork, Livestorm’s so versatile it can be used just as easily for a quick chat between colleagues as it can for a cross-timezone webinar.

Frequently asked questions about Zoom alternatives

What’s the best free Zoom alternative?

The best free Zoom alternatives are:

  • Livestorm – the video engagement platform that fits any use case
  • Google Meet – which is great for small remote teams
  • Microsoft Teams – comes with the Microsoft 365 family of apps and services
  • FaceTime – integrates seamlessly with Apple’s devices and software

What Zoom alternatives have breakout rooms?

Some of the best Zoom alternatives with breakout rooms are:

  • Livestorm
  • Webex Meetings
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • BlueJeans

Is Zoom the best option for video conferencing?

The best tool for video conferencing and virtual meetings depends on your needs and your existing tools and workflows. But if you’re looking for a versatile tool that does everything from spontaneous team video calls to webinars, training sessions, or hybrid learning, Livestorm is the best choice.