Similar to Apple’s FaceTime, Facebook’s WhatsApp or Messenger, and Microsoft’s Skype, Google Duo was a video and voice calling tool. Unlike Apple’s FaceTime, Duo was free to use and compatible with iOS and Android smartphones. The program is now only known as Meet after Google combined Duo and Google Meet in August 2022.
We’ll explain how it functions currently in this post, and if you’d like to know how it functioned in the past (for whatever reason), that information is also provided.
Google Duo Changed to Google Meet at What Point?
Beginning in June 2022, Google said that it was combining Duo and Google Meet because the two video calling apps were strangely competing with one another and it made sense to combine them.
The integration then started to take effect at the start of August 2022. Unfortunately, the procedure wasn’t as straightforward as we had thought. The Google Meet app is still available and is now called Google Meet, while the Duo app has been rebranded to Google Meet (original).
While Google has added all of Meet’s features to the app and rebranded it, all of Duo’s features have remained the same. Contrarily, not all of Duo’s features have been introduced to the original Meet, which is predicted to degrade at some point in the future.
So, hop on over to our Google Meet feature to discover more about how the new Google Meet (and Duo) functions. The information that follows explains how Duo operated prior to the merger.
How Does Google Duo Function?
- Getting going
- Get the Google Duo app for your Android or iOS device.
- Accept the terms of service and privacy policies of Google.
- Choose whether Duo may give you notifications and use your camera and microphone.
- Check your number.
- Enter the one-time verification code that was texted to you.
The Primary Interface of The Programme Will Then Shows Up.
The basic Google Duo interface consists of a screen that is divided in half, with the bottom showing your groups and contacts and the top showing what your camera sees. At the top, there is a search bar and a menu that allows you to access the settings.
Calling a Video
The camera view, search bar, contacts, and groups are all displayed when Duo is opened. Enter the person’s name in the search field, choose their name from the list, and then tap the “Video call” icon in the bottom center of your screen to begin a video call. Google will inform you when you make your initial call “Smile! The knocking is on “, along with a warning that states your friend will see you on their phone while you are ringing if they have you saved as a contact. However, this function prevents your friend from seeing you while calling you.
Therefore, when you video calls a friend, you will first get a screen that notifies you that your video is visible. Then, you will see the name or phone number of the person you’re video calling as well as an end button (likely you). You will see an incoming video call screen when a friend contacts you on video and you happen to be using your phone. This screen contains a view of whatever the caller’s camera sees, your buddy’s name or phone number, and buttons to answer or end the conversation. Depending on your notification choices, you might just receive a notification that a video call is coming in while you’re not using your phone.
You will see the actual video call screen, which includes a view of whatever his or her camera views and four buttons, as soon as you answer a video call or if your friend answers your call. These buttons include an end call button, a low-light mode button, a mute button, and a button to switch between your front- and rear-facing cameras. Additionally, there is a thumbnail of your camera view that you can tap to make larger and reduce your friend’s camera view to a small circular thumbnail. It’s all quite simple, really. You will be returned to the camera view/search bar and “Create Group” button screen after you or your friend ends a call
You can invite friends to Duo and search for contacts by name or phone number in the search bar. It may seem apparent, but your friends will need to install Duo in order for them to be able to video call you using Duo.
Tap the three horizontal dots button in the upper right corner of the Google Duo main app interface (the screen with the camera view/search bar and the “Create Group” button). Then, links to Settings, Duo’s privacy settings, Help, and Feedback will appear. Pick Settings from the menu.
You can modify a number of options in this menu, including the ability to disable Knock Knock and Low-light mode. Along with other features like Siri Shortcuts for iOS users, you can also restrict how much mobile data you use, have your phone vibrate when it rings (only for Android), unregister your phone number, and connect a Google Account, and block numbers.
Additionally, it is possible to enable functions like Duo Moments, which appear in in-call images and shoot pictures that are then shared with the group.
Please Turn Off Knock Knock on Google Duo.
Yes. You can view a live video of your caller before you answer thanks to a Duo feature called Knock Knock. This functionality can be turned off in the app’s settings (see “Manage preferences” above).