How to host a holiday video call on RingCentral for free


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From holiday decorations in the mall to festive music on the radio, all signs say the holidays are upon us. And after such a hectic year, there’s nothing better than spending valuable time with your friends and family.

But in-person gatherings have their limits. Some of your loved ones might be in another part of the country or world—too far to make it this time around. Others might not feel comfortable traveling yet, or have strict travel restrictions that prevent them from attending.

Luckily, video calls make seeing your loved ones face to face possible across any distance. Video calls allow us to see and hear each other, share screens, host large virtual gatherings, and so much more. The best part? RingCentral is completely free with no time limits.

Here’s how RingCentral Video Pro can help you connect with the people who matter this holiday season:


What is RingCentral Video Pro?

RingCentral Video Pro is our completely FREE video and messaging platform made for modern teams. You get unlimited, fully-featured video meetings and team messaging that you can access on any device, any time.


  • Unlimited meetings, with no 40-minute time limit.
  • Up to 100 participants in a single video meeting
  • Unlimited team messaging
  • Emoji reactions, virtual backgrounds, closed captions, and other features that enhance video meetings
  • Carrier-grade security and reliability


How to use RingCentral Video Pro for the holidays

RingCentral Video Pro makes connecting easier every day of the year. But during the holiday season, it’s a great way to share good times with colleagues, friends, and family. 

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1. Chat or meet with anyone for free

Sharing joy on RingCentral is simple and free, making it a great solution both for those who already use the platform and those who are completely new. That’s because of how easy it is to get started. 

With Video Pro, you can invite anyone into the team chat platform via email for free, where your family can access instant messaging and groups, share files and links, send emojis and GIFs, and much more.

When you’re ready, simply click on the video button with any individual or group to start a video call. Video calls have no time limits, and can fit up to 100 participants at the same time.

Also, everything happens right in your browser, so there’s no downloads required


2. All of your planning in one place

Once everyone is in, it’s easy to start planning your get together remotely by adding everyone involved to a group. From there, you can launch a brainstorm meeting for everyone to plan themes and activities by pressing a single button. 

As you determine what needs to be done before the event, you can also keep track of tasks, create grocery and to-do lists, share recipes, and other information within the messaging group.


3. Make your virtual reunion fun and immersive

Having a holiday get together on RingCentral doesn’t mean another boring video meeting on your calendar. RingCentral makes it easy to add a sense of fun and togetherness to your virtual festivities

Customize your background or send out a special background for everyone to upload and use, use screen sharing to show and talk about pictures or videos from the last year, or organize breakout rooms to play games or host a Secret Santa. The only limit is your creativity.


4. Record greetings together to share later

Although holding holiday get-togethers virtually makes it easier to attend from any location, some people on your list may have a conflict or not have time to join. That doesn’t mean they have to miss out altogether. 

RingCentral Video Pro offers free, simple meeting recording, so you can capture a special greeting or some of the festivities to share with those who can’t attend. Simply start recording when ready, pause, and restart if you need to re-record.

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Make your virtual hangouts something to remember

While human connections are always top of mind this time of year, these moments are even more special after the last couple of years. But for many, getting together in person remains a challenge. 

With RingCentral Video Pro, our bonds aren’t limited by physical distance. We offer multiple tools to meet and have fun with your loved ones, all for free. So bring on the holiday cheer, and try Video Pro today.

Originally published Nov 19, 2021, updated Dec 30, 2022

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