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Apps / software Google Duo - what can the app do?


There are many different uses for video conferencing and calling. In addition to Skype, Jitsi and Zoom, the app "Google Duo" has also been available since 2016. You can use this to make video calls, but you can also make normal audio calls. Find out exactly what Google Duo can do in this article.

Individual and group calls with Google Duo

With the Google Duo app, you can call other users of the application - with or without video. The calls with Google Duo are either via WiFi or your mobile data connection. For the latter you can may incur costs. The video telephony app does not need a high network quality, a 2G network should be sufficient for a stable phone call.

Calls with Google Duo are End-to-end encrypted. In addition to normal calls between two parties, you can also Group calls start with up to 32 participants. Each participant must have the app installed for this. A special feature of the application is the "Cuckoo" function: If this is switched on, your call partner will see a live image of you even before he accepts the call. The prerequisite for this is that he has saved you as a contact.

Google Duo for Android, iOS and browsers

You don't need a Google account to use the free app on your smartphone or other mobile device. All you need is one Phone number and a cell phone, on which you can receive an SMS for configuration. Duo runs on Android devices and on iOS devices such as the iPad or iPhone.

To use the app on multiple devices, you need a Google account. Then you can also use the application on your computer. On the PC, Google Duo runs in the browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari. However, group calls are currently only possible in the current version of Google Chrome.