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How to create a group video with Google Duo

Group video chat is under unprecedented demand right now due to home-working and loved-ones needing to stay connected without being in the same room.

Whilst a telephone call, WhatsApp message or Face-time fills the void for one-on-one communication, there is a growing rise for group or communal discussion due to business needs and also those wanting to share their message with multiple people at any one time.

Group video serves multiple needs, from families sharing news about their day, friends needing to chat like they use to down the pub or businesses needing to hold meetings like they did on a Monday morning as per the regimented weekly catch-up.

There are an abundance of tools to make this possible however few realise that this can be done for free via one of Android’s baked-in applications, made by Google.

Google Duo is the app in question and we’d like to show you the steps to creating group video chats without needing to venture into the Google Play store.

Here’s how:

1. Open the Google Duo app on your phone, tablet, or Chromebook, and make sure you’re signed in with your Google account.

2. If you’ve never opened the app before, grant it permissions to access your phone’s microphone, camera, and contacts.

3. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the contacts view.

4. Tap on the Create group button.

5. Select the contacts you want to include in the group call, and then tap the big blue Done button at the bottom of the screen.

6. Name your group call and tap Save.

7. Tap the big blue Start call button at the bottom of the screen, and begin your conversation.

8. In lieu of a call, you can also record a message to send to the group by hitting the red circular Message button at the bottom right of the screen.

It’s important to remember that group calling/messaging is only available in the Duo app (Android, iOS, or on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes).

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