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The Best Desktop Programs for Older Adults to Socialize Online

When you get older, going out to visit friends and family can be difficult. Even before COVID-19 showed up, socialization and social support were things that older adults didn’t always get enough of. When a pandemic like this happens, physically visiting people can even be impossible. Luckily, you can socialize from your home computer! This guide will show you how to socialize better in a computer environment.

Senior citizens need a social life just like anyone else. Many studies have shown that it regular contact with friends and family can even have health benefits. When you’re unable to leave the house, you can still maintain a healthy social life using the internet. You don’t even need the latest smartphone! This blog post features just a handful of the many great desktop programs for older adults to socialize online using their home computers. You don’t need to be an expert when it comes to computer operation; we’ll guide you through using each of these programs.


Skype is a program that lets you message, call, and video chat friends and relatives from the comfort of your home computer. Keep reading to learn how to use Skype. Skype is owned by Microsoft, so it comes pre-installed on most Windows computers. If you don’t have it installed, follow the download link below and select the download you need (Windows or Mac).

When Skype launches, you will be prompted to sign in or create an account. Follow the steps to create a Skype account. Once you’ve logged in, you can customize your account by adding a profile picture, your birthday, and other information.

Next, you can add contacts using your friends and family’s email addresses or phone numbers. To talk to someone on Skype, click their name in your contacts. From there you can send a text message, start a voice call, or start a video call.


Zoom is like a stripped-down version of Skype that focuses on video calls exclusively. This section explains how to use Zoom. This program was built to host meetings, but it works great for video chatting with a group of friends.

Wondering how to download Zoom? To get started, download the program using the link below. It will download the version that works with your desktop.

When the program launches, you will be prompted to sign in. You can create a Zoom account or link a Google or Facebook account. The steps of creating a Zoom account are very simple! Once you’ve signed in, you can create or join a meeting using the menu.

  Google Hangouts

If you want to socialize but don’t want to install a program, we’ll show you how to use Google Hangouts. All you need is a Google account (which you already have if you have a YouTube or Gmail account). You don’t even need to download or install a program on your computer.

To get started, click the link below. This will open thee Google Hangouts app in your browser; no download required! Click the “Sign In” button and login with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, it will guide you through creating one. After signing in, you will be able to start text, voice, or video conversations with one or multiple people on Hangouts.


Telegram boasts fast messaging and full customization of your chat experience. It is built around text-based messaging as opposed to the other programs we’ve looked at. It also has no file size limits, so you can share pictures and videos with your friends and family as much as you want. This section will explain how to use Telegram on PC.

To begin, follow the link below and download the desktop program for Windows or Mac. Once the program is installed, open it and create an account using your phone number. You don’t even need to tie your Telegram account to an email address!

From there you can enter your name and upload a profile picture so people know who they’re chatting with. Once you’ve logged in, you can add contacts using phone numbers and start messaging with Telegram.

As you can see, there are plenty of free, easy-to-use desktop programs for older adults to socialize online. Socializing as a senior citizen can be difficult, but there are many ways to go about it using your personal computer. Whether you prefer video calling or text messaging, one of these programs will be perfect for you! If you’re looking for a mobile messaging app to connect with friends and family, check out the article we wrote about that.