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How to Build An Android Video Chat App

How to Build An Android Video Chat App

Without a doubt, Android apps keep getting better as technology advances. Although some Android apps may have recently changed their tune, the Android video call function has remained the most common. We’ll learn how to create video chat applications for Android with ZEGOCLOUD; win this post.

What is Video Chat?

Video chat, or video chatting, is a communication technique whereby real-time video and audio signals are continuously transmitted between the connected users and the service server.

It has quickly become the most convenient way of passing information face-to-face. With video chat apps, freedom of expression is assured.

Must-have Features of Video Chat on Android

We have so many Android video chat apps existing today. From Facebook Messenger to Zoom, and many more. If you take the time to explore most of them, you’ll notice that they all have some features in common. Below are the must-have features of video chat on Android:

1. Registration: It helps with user management and provides a more straightforward identification of users on the platform.

2. Group calls: Group call is an effective way of distributing some chunks of information to a broader audience. Many video chat apps allow more than two people to chat conveniently in a group.

3. Screen sharing: There’s no better way to share information displayed on the screen than using the screen-sharing feature many video chat providers offer.

4. End-to-end encryption: End-to-end encryption protocol ensures that information isn’t leaked to a third party apart from the connected individuals.

5. Meeting recording: Recording a video chat can be a great way of creating moments that can be used for reference purposes or further distribution.

6. Push notifications: The push notifications feature in the video chat app ensures that your users never miss a moment. They update your users about new messages in the chat and missed calls and keep them informed about new updates.

7. Contact list: This works like the regular contact on your phone. It keeps track of the people you’re connected with.

The Cost of Building Video Chat on Android

If you want to build an Android video chat app, but “How much will it cost you to do so?” I know this question has been buzzing through your mind. I will give nothing but a frank answer to that question.

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Building a video chat Android application from scratch can be expensive and inexpensive, depending on the features that you need in the app. Generally, it costs about $15,000 to set up a video chat app. This is just an estimate; the price may be higher or lower depending on the complexity and the company handling the development.

ZEGOCLOUD offers 10,000 free minutes to allow you to build Android video call. You can use this to develop your video chat for Android app for free!

How to Make a Video Chat Android App

ZEGOCLOUD Video Call SDK is a robust, scalable, and fully-featured real-time video and audio communication component. You can easily include the SDK into your applications to give your end users the best live video experience by providing them with high-quality, incredibly low latency, interactive video across all platforms with support for large concurrency.

Moreover, it also has launched a new UIKits SDK, which can complete the development of the Video Call App in 10 minutes. This tool is extremely useful in building an Android video call.

Learn about official website documentation, ZEGOCLOUD video calling API support 1 on 1 calls, and group calls. This article will show you how to use the UIKits SDK to quickly implement Android Video Call functionality. We will implement the following functions:

  • 1v1 video call
  • Camera switching
  • Microphone, speaker management

Introduction to UIKits SDK

UIKits SDK is a brand-new pre-built UIKits and UI Components by ZEGOCLOUD. Through it, We can complete the development of video calls, live streaming, video conference, and other scenarios within 10 minutes.

build android video call

As shown in the figure, UIKits SDK is responsible for processing audio and video calls and the logic related to text chat. Include:

  • UI and interaction of the calling module
  • call status management
  • Audio and video data transmission

You only need to implement business-related logic. For example:

  • User login registration
  • Friends List Management
  • Call billing recharge


  • A ZEGOCLOUD developer account–Sign up
  • Android Studio 2020.3.1 or later
  • Devices with Android 5.0 or later
  • Basic understanding of Android development

Call Kit SDK integration

Add the jitpack configuration.

  • If your gradle version is later than 6.8, modify your settings.gradle File like this:
dependencyResolutionManagement {
   repositories {
      maven { url '' } // <- Add this line.
android video call
  • If not, modify your project-level build.gradle file instead:
allprojects {
    repositories {
        maven { url "" }  // <- Add this line.
modify build gradle


Modify your app-level build.gradle file:

dependencies {
    implementation 'com.github.ZEGOCLOUD:zego_uikit_prebuilt_call_android:latest.release'    // add this line in your module-level build.gradle file's dependencies, usually named [app].
add call kit

Implement Video Call

Create a new Activity

1 Create a new empty activity and name it CallActivity.

create call activity

2 modify it’s layout file ‘activity_call.xml’ in res/layout directory.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <androidx.constraintlayout.widget.ConstraintLayout xmlns:android=""

config call activity

3 modify CallActivity to show Call Kit UI
When starting a video call, ZegoUIKitPrebuiltCallFragment needs to be displayed on the screen.

public void addFragment() {
    long appID = ;
    String appSign = ;
    String callID = "callID111";
    String userID = Build.MANUFACTURER + "_" + generateUserID();
    String userName = userID + "_Name";
    ZegoUIKitPrebuiltCallConfig config = ZegoUIKitPrebuiltCallConfig.oneOnOneVideoCall();
    ZegoUIKitPrebuiltCallFragment fragment = ZegoUIKitPrebuiltCallFragment.newInstance(appID,      appSign, userID, userName, callID, config);
    getSupportFragmentManager().beginTransaction().replace(, fragment).commitNow();
add call kit ui

modify MainActivity to add a Call Button to start video call.


   <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <RelativeLayout xmlns:android=""

        android:text="start video call" />

   public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

        protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

            findViewById( -> {
                Intent intent = new Intent(MainActivity.this, CallActivity.class);

Run a Demo


ZEGOCLOUD UIKits SDK saves you a lot of time, allowing you to quickly build a Video Call App, verify market requirements, and seize market opportunities. If you are interested in developing audio and video applications, you can download the sample demo source code of this article. For requirements, such as streaming mix, noise reduction, censorship, etc. you can use our Core SDK to build a custom video call on Android with ZEGOCLOUD video call SDK.

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