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Overview

What is Whereby?

Norwegian company appear.in offers their flagship video conferencing platform to small teams, both in a free edition hosting up to 4 guests simultaneously in a session or a paid edition that supports up to 12 simultaneous meeting guests, among other…

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Popular Features

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  • High quality audio (14)
    9.0
    90%
  • High quality video (14)
    9.0
    90%
  • Low bandwidth requirements (12)
    8.0
    80%
  • Desktop sharing (13)
    8.0
    80%

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Pricing

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Free

$0

Cloud
per user

Pro

$9.99

Cloud
per user

Business

$59.99 and up

Cloud
per user/room

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Features

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Features related to the performance, reliability & compatibility of web conferencing and webinar (online events) software.

7.8
Avg 8.1

Screen Sharing

Features related to remote screen sharing capabilities.

8
Avg 8.0

Online Meetings / Events

Features related to hosting and attending meetings and events online.

9.4
Avg 8.3

Online Events Collaboration

Features related to collaboration between attendees during web conferences, webinars, and other online events.

8.3
Avg 8.4

Online Events Security

Features related to the security of meetings and other events held via web conferencing/webinar software.

6.9
Avg 8.4
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Product Details

What is Whereby?

Whereby is presented as an easy way to meet over video. With no app or installs required, and the same meeting link every time, the video meeting platform gives users the freedom to work from anywhere.

Whereby users can invite colleagues, clients and friends to meet over mobile or desktop, by sharing a link which sends guests into a personalized meeting room. There’s no registration or downloads required, and it is designed so that anyone can easily join or host a call with no technical experience needed.

it features screen and audio sharing, meeting recording, branded rooms and customizable room links. Integrations like Trello, Google Docs and Miro Whiteboard give teams the tools they need to collaborate remotely.

With Whereby’s new API product, Whereby Embedded, companies can add video meetings to their website or app. Boasting a quick turnaround time and minimal coding requirements, it’s presented as ideal for connecting with consultants, clinicians, teachers, students, sales teams, and other specialists.


The vendor offers the following tiers (and differentiators):

Free: A tool designed to introduce video meetings into your daily workflow.
Pro: For freelance professionals who conduct business over video.
Business: Connect customers or manage a remote workforce.

Whereby Screenshots

Screenshot of Easy video meetings in your browser. No downloads, no login.Screenshot of Up to 50 participants in Townhall rooms.Screenshot of Record, save, and share meetings.

Whereby Video

Easy video meetings for you and your team. The Whereby Business plan is perfect for companies searching for remote working solutions. There's no app or installs required - just enter your own personalized URL and open the meeting in your browser. - Host up to 50 people in a m...
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Whereby Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported LanguagesEnglish

Frequently Asked Questions

Norwegian company appear.in offers their flagship video conferencing platform to small teams, both in a free edition hosting up to 4 guests simultaneously in a session or a paid edition that supports up to 12 simultaneous meeting guests, among other features.

Zoom Workplace, GoTo Meeting, and Skype are common alternatives for Whereby.

Reviewers rate Calendar integration highest, with a score of 9.9.

The most common users of Whereby are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Community Insights

TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

The product has been widely embraced as a versatile solution for various video conferencing needs. Users have found it to be particularly useful for ad-hoc meetings in both previous and current companies, serving as a convenient gap filler solution. With its ability to conduct video conferences with few participants, it has become a go-to option for quick and simple user experiences. The absence of logins or passwords further enhances its usability.

During the pandemic, the product has been instrumental in enabling family reunions and connecting loved ones across distances. It has also proven valuable for creating chat rooms with participants located in different regions, including the US and Latin America. External actors have been impressed by its ease of use, making it an effective tool for both internal and external meetings.

In addition to its ad-hoc functionality, the product is utilized for more specialized purposes as well. It has been used for virtual interviews with candidates, providing a seamless experience for recruiters and applicants alike. Professionals in coaching roles appreciate the ability to send session recordings to clients. Moreover, it serves as a platform for hosting virtual events, webinars, and roundtables.

The product's accessibility on mobile devices makes it easy for clients to join meetings from their cell phones, enhancing convenience and flexibility. For companies with specific demands, certain employees rely on this product to meet their unique requirements effectively. Notably, its reliable video and audio quality without the need for plugins contribute to a smooth user experience.

From daily stand-ups to one-on-one meetings, the product caters to a wide range of collaborative needs within organizations. By enabling face-to-face meetings and working sessions with distributed team members, it fosters connection and productivity among remote teams. Its ability to display all participants in similarly sized windows facilitates more inclusive discussions.

Furthermore, the product eliminates the hassle of software installation or setup, allowing users to jump straight into their meetings. Sales professionals find value in using it for sales meetings and individual calls, while trainers appreciate its ability to connect team members located around the world for training sessions. The option to record meetings has been particularly beneficial for interviews, face-to-face testing, and pre-onboarding activities.

Overall, this product has proven its worth in a wide range of scenarios, providing an accessible and reliable platform for individuals, teams, and organizations to collaborate effectively and stay connected across distances.

User-Friendly Interface: Many users have praised the product's interface, describing it as great and simple to navigate. They have found it easy to understand, suggesting that the product offers a user-friendly interface.

Superior Video Quality: Multiple reviewers have mentioned that the product provides exceptionally high-quality video, surpassing that of Google Hangouts. This indicates that the product delivers an excellent video conferencing experience.

Ease of Use: Several users have highlighted how effortless it is to create an account and use the app. They mention that it is extremely easy to comprehend and requires only creating a chat room to start chatting. This implies that the product offers a straightforward and intuitive user experience.

Confusing User Interface: Some users have found the user interface of the software to be confusing and likened it to Sherwood forest. They have mentioned that navigating through different features and settings can be challenging, leading to a steep learning curve for new users.

Mobile App Functionality: Several reviewers have expressed disappointment with the mobile app, stating that it doesn't work as well as the desktop version. Users have reported issues such as lagging video and sound, difficulty joining meetings, and limited functionality compared to the desktop experience.

Lack of Features: Many users have pointed out that the software lacks certain features and add-ons that are available in competing products. Some users feel that this limits their ability to customize their meeting experience or meet specific needs. They believe that more options should be provided to enhance productivity and collaboration.

Users frequently recommend Appear.in for its simplicity, user-friendliness, and affordability. They suggest trying the free version first to determine if it's worth purchasing. Appear.in is highly recommended for small teams, startups, online meetings, consultations, and collaborative work. Users find it easy to set up and use, with good video and audio quality. They also advise creating separate rooms for different types of meetings and bookmarking them in the browser. Moreover, users appreciate the product's ease of use and additional features. However, they suggest improving the video quality and caution against using Chrome with Appear.in on a Mac. In general, users believe that Appear.in is an excellent choice for small meetings and connecting with clients or customers.

Attribute Ratings

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It is being used in different departments on its own. The good thing about Whereby is the straightforward URL reservation, so you can have YOURCOMPANY-DEPARTMENT name reserved and everyone knows where to join when needed to have a talk with that certain department or person.
  • Nice browser based UI
  • URL reservation
  • Easy to get started for non-techies
  • Rather more room for free users. Four people is limiting considering the competition.
  • Better marketing. People know Zoom but not Whereby.
  • Have native client apps.
For non-techies, just copy-paste the URL of your room and you're good to go! Also the video quality has always impressed me. [I'm] not sure what kind of compressions Whereby uses but in comparison with Google Meet, they are doing much better, so kudos!
Leonardo Barbosa Corrêa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Whereby to conduct videoconferences with few participants. It's a great tool. Very intuitive and very simple to use. Sometimes we do more than one complex videoconference simultaneously and Whereby helps a lot as a second option, especially with few participants. In these pandemic times, it is the tool I use most for family reunions.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Very easy to create an account.
  • It has the same basic features as other robust programs.
  • Allow more participants online in the videoconference.
It is well suited in videoconferences with few participants. It is less appropriate in videoconferences with more than four participants or webinars. In that case, I would recommend software with more functions. In our company, we use Whereby as a second option. We have a more robust software, but it does not allow simultaneous meetings. In that case, we use Whereby.
Sara Marie Ambjørndalen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Movel is using Whereby for meetings internally and with external actors. With our specific URL, it is really a no-brainer to have meetings with the board, internally as well as externally. Externals who come to our tailor-designed meeting room are always impressed and get that aha moment when they realize how easy it is to use.
  • Simple access
  • Reactions with emojis come up on your screen.
  • Custom made rooms.
  • Sometimes blocked by external users because of security settings on their computer.
  • Account attached to my person e-mail not professional.
  • No download
Easy to use, just need a link. Not suited for bigger meetings (limit of 12, unless you upgrade). Would recommend it for remote smaller groups working together. No need for a software download so it's great to use on the go. If you have a meeting with a large corporation with lots of firewalls on their devices it might not work.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are a fully remote team. We use Whereby for daily stand-ups and one-on-one meetings across the organization. As a distributed team, Whereby lets us have ad hoc and scheduled face-to-face meetings and working sessions with employees who are spread across two continents and three countries.
  • Drag-and-drop windows help keep track of who has given their update in stand-ups
  • Ability to collaborate on Google Docs and Spreadsheets within one video conferencing window
  • Arrangement of user windows doesn't always make the best use of the available screen area.
  • More integrations for live collaboration in shared-screen mode.
Whereby is great for small teams of a dozen or fewer employees, especially remote teams. In a larger corporate environment, it's probably less useful. However, even for enterprise users, it might be very helpful for departments where employees are spread out over multiple locations or that utilize a lot of freelancers or remote workers.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use Whereby for all team meetings and for sales meetings. Each team member uses it for a variety of calls. It is an easy-to-use video conferencing platform.
  • Directly click on a link to join a video call
  • Great interface
  • Does not allow people to dial-in to calls
  • Is best supported only through Google Chrome, so many users have issues joining
Whereby is well suited if someone is looking for a video chat platform that is easy to use for remote teams, this would be a good one to consistently use. For sales meetings, it can be frustrating if the person needs to dial in as you will need to use a different platform. This is a terrible app for anyone who needs to join via mobile. It works well if people can join via Google Chrome on a computer.
Alvin Landicho | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Whereby (formerly Appear.in) has been used as a quick video call connection to our team members in other office locations. The user experience is quick and simple. Simply double-click a desktop shortcut to the unique room URL. It is used for all team meetings, several times a day. No logging in, no forgotten passwords, or extra steps required. Simple!
  • Simple to connect
  • User friendly
  • Audio quality is not great (compared to our dedicated VOIP lines)
  • Video quality is great in a small room (4 locations--point-to-point) but degrades in larger rooms. We are based in Australia, and I believe the server is in Europe.
Whereby is suited to simple, one-click connection to a shared video room, ideally at a set time (i.e. regular meetings). You can set up a desktop shortcut so it's really easy for a user to join and does not require logging in and setting up, etc. Not suited to private meetings that require a different unique link every time.

Michelle Sexton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I oversee our Recruiting department and we currently use Whereby every now and then for conducting our virtual interviews with candidates if we're having difficulty with some of the other virtual resources that we use. It helps us with our interviews and being able to interview candidates who do not have a smartphone.
  • It's very easy to join the meeting.
  • You can customize links, which is great!
  • There are sometimes connection issues.
  • It'd be great if there were more add-ons or features you could use.
It works really well when you're wanting to create a private room so that you're able to meet with someone virtually. In our context, we use it pretty frequently for conducting virtual interviews with candidates who do not have a smartphone device. It has worked out really well and it's great because you're able to customize and create your own link.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our company has mostly remote workers (working from home) and we use Whereby for almost all of our team meetings. We tried several other video meeting services and we choose Whereby because everyone appears in similarly sized windows no matter how many people are in the meeting. Other services only show you the last three people to talk or show you a big window for the person currently talking (or just making noise). We feel like we are in a conference room sitting around a table with Whereby. Another great feature is the ease of use. We use it with outside clients and job candidates because there is no software to install or set up. It just works on any device that can go to a website.
  • Team meetings.
  • Interviews.
  • Needs Google Calendar integration.
We use it for almost all of our interactions from a quick question to hour-long working sessions. It has replaced phone calls for us.
Michael Ball-Marian | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I've used Whereby off and on at this company and my previous company (when the product was called Appear.in). In both cases, we have used it as a sort of "gap" filler solution for ad-hoc meetings. In both cases, we had other core teleconference solutions that we used for "bigger" more official purposes. Whereby is a nice solution because it doesn't require an install, and pretty much just works.
  • Great, simple UI.
  • Very high-quality video. Better than Google Hangouts (or whatever they call it these days), and I consider it a comparable product.
  • The paid version may have dial-in. But I have always used the free version. Dial-in is typically required for an "official" multi-purpose teleconference platform.
  • I did have some trouble with larger groups (5+) when it was Appear.in but almost always use it for small 1-on-1 or 3 person meetings.
I think it is a great solution for small, informational meetings when all participants have laptops. I haven't really used it outside of that context, so I can't say how well it might perform as a complete stand-alone teleconference system. When you just want to drop someone a link and jump into a high-quality video, it is perfect.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We used appear.in in our company to create chat rooms with participants located in the US and in Latin America.
  • Easy to use: The app is very, very easy to use. Literally just create a chat room (input a name) and access it to chat.
  • Call/video quality: I've experienced better call quality on appear.in than in almost all other chat and video conferencing services out there.
  • Feature-wise, none that I can think of.
Good quality video conferencing with a small group of people.
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