Released back in 2018, Google Duo has concretely managed to be one of the best video chat apps for both iOS and Android platforms. Google Duo has allowed us to connect with those who matter most in high definition video quality. It’s simple and reliable video calling interface is one of its key highlights for its worldwide popularity.
This is one fine attempt by Google which helped us in connecting with our loved ones with ease. So, if you’re already using Google Duo video calling app or thinking to try it in near future here are a few amazing facts about the app which you wish you’d known sooner.
Let’s explore some of the best Google Duo features to make the most of Google’s high definition video calling service.
Simply Sign Up with Your Phone Number
No extra overhead, no Google account needed! Want to try Google Duo app on your smartphone? Well, simply enter your phone number and you’re then good to go. For verification, Google will simply send an OTP (One Time Password) via text message to ensure that it’s actually you, enter that OTP password on the app and that’s it. You can also sign up on more than one device with this single number, so if you’re ever using Google Duo on some other phone, that’s pretty much possible. However, you can only be active on one device at a time.
Bringing iOS and Android Closer
No matter how much the cold war prevails between iOS and Android users, Google Duo is here to cut the differences. Yes, that’s right. Android users are always disheartened as they cannot access FaceTime for video calling with their friends and family. Well, with Google Duo you can connect with iOS as well as Android devices as it works seamlessly on cross-platform. However, Windows users are a little out of luck here as this app is only available for iOS, Android and Chrome OS.
This is one unique feature introduced by Google, which makes this app far different than iOS. So, if you’re receiving a call from a contact, you will be able to see the preview before you actually answer the call. But if your friends are annoying you way too much, you can always disable this feature from the Settings.
No Audio Calls
Yes, that’s quite a bummer. Google Duo is only strictly available for video calls and you cannot make any audio calls or neither send a text message to a friend or contact. So, if the network reception is poor and you want to communicate with your friend you have to try sending a text message on some other app. Duh!
Google has always managed to keep our privacy intact. Google Duo app supports end-to-end encryption and is built on WebRTC (Real-time Communication) that transfers all files without any additional plugin or software keeping all our private conversations safe and secure.
Limit Mobile Data Usage
If you want to improve the video call quality, then you can find “Limit Mobile Data Usage” option in Settings and turn this feature OFF. Suppose, if you’re already using a fast and stable WiFi connection then there’s no need of keeping this feature turned ON. If this option is enabled, the Google duo app automatically limits the speed of video call to 1 MBPS.
Google Duo Can Also Be Used on Tablets, but…
Google Duo video calling app can also be used on tablets, but you cannot directly download it on your tablet via Google Play Store. You first have to download the APK version and then sign up with your phone number. But yes, just remember, if you’re using this app on a tablet, you won’t be able to use it on your primary smartphone.
So folks, these were some of the best Google Duo features which y’all must know. Hope these facts and hidden features will allow you to make the most of this app!