How to use Google Duo, the video chat app that works like FaceTime for iOS and Android
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  • Google Duo is a free video chat app that lets you send video or voice calls and messages. 
  • Google Duo is available on the web and as an app on iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. 
  • Duo has features like “Knock Knock,” which lets you see a video of the caller before you accept. 
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With so many video chat apps available today, it can be difficult to keep them all straight — especially when a single company like Google offers several different apps that serve similar purposes. 

Introduced in 2016, Google Duo is unique from other Google video chat apps (like Google Hangouts, Google Meet, and the now-shuttered Allo) in that it’s designed to be a fast and easy one-to-one video chat app like Apple’s FaceTime. 

But, unlike FaceTime, because it’s cross-platform, Android and Apple users can video chat with one another. 

Here’s everything you need to know about using Google Duo .  

How to use Google Duo

First, you’ll need to install Google Duo for iPhone or Google Duo for Android. 

After installing the app, follow the setup instructions by selecting your country, adding your phone number, and entering the confirmation code that will be texted to you. 

Then, to make a call or send a message:

1. Open the Google Duo app.

2. On the app’s homepage, swipe the contact list up and select a recipient. You can also type in a name or number at the top of the screen to quickly find someone without having to scroll through the whole list. To start a group call, click Create group at the top of your contact list. 

Find a recipient by using the search bar or contact list.
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3. Once you’ve selected a recipient, you can choose Video call or Voice call at the bottom of the screen to start an immediate call.

To start a call immediately, choose “Video call” or “Voice call” at the bottom.
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4. You can also select Message in the bottom-right corner to create and send a Voice, Photo, Video, or Note message. 

At the bottom, select a type of message to record.
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