This week, Google updated its Duo video chat application with group support that lets about 8 people chat simultaneously.
Google Duo is Google’s version of Apple’s FaceTime, which accommodates about 32 people in one video chat call. But Duo can be enjoyed on both Android and iOS devices, making it a credible alternative to FaceTime for families or loved ones that cannot afford an iPhone.
Simply put, Duo does not leave anyone out of the fun.
This is how you can use Google Duo for video calls on iPhones, iPads and Android phones.
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- Get Google Duo installed either from the Play Store on Android or from iTunes App Store on iOS devices. Ensure everybody you intend to chat with also have the app installed.
- Let the app have access to your mic, camera and contacts by clicking "Give Access" and clicking "Allow" and the other pop-ups that will be displayed.
- Scroll up on the bar on the bottom of the display.
- Click "Create group."
- Add the persons you wish to be in your Google Duo group. Do not forget, they must have Google Duo installed as well. You can choose about 7 other persons.
- Click "Done."
- Click the pencil icon to give your group a name - You can go for something like "family" and "loved ones."
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After that, on the main screen, the group you created will be visible. Simply click it and tap "Start" to start the call.
Unlike FaceTime, Duo displays your face as the device is ringing on the other end, and this will ensure the other party to see your face before they pick up.
Thats smooth right? But that also means you need to get that "white substance" off your eyes before you start.