Video chat using your Chromebook

You can join or make video calls to your family and friends on your Chromebook.

Improve your video conferencing experience

  • Update your Chromebook to the latest operating system. Download the latest version on your Chromebook.
  • Close browser tabs and apps that you're not using.
  • Use only one monitor. Two or more monitors can increase CPU/GPU load.
  • Use a well-lit room. Be aware that too much light can wash out faces and not enough light can cause shadows.
Enhanced features available on Chromebook Plus
  • Centralised video call controls: One central place with system-level controls for all video call features, including a system-level mic and camera access control.
  • Privacy controls: Easily turn off camera and mic with one click.
  • Privacy indicators: See what apps are accessing your mic, camera or screen.
  • Return to tab: With a single click, you can be brought back to any tab or app that is actively accessing your camera, mic or screen.
  • Background blur: Detects you and blurs everything else with a light or heavy blur
  • Improve lighting: Detects the level of light and evens out lighting on you and your environment.
  • Camera framing: For wide-angle cameras only, this feature centres the camera and zooms in on you.
  • Noise cancellation: Detects noises that are not your speech and reduces them.
  • Mute nudge: You'll be notified if you talk while the mic is muted when you use certain apps, like video chat apps. This preference is synced across all of your devices.
    • Tip: You need to opt in to this feature if you want to turn it on. Audio never leaves the device.

Tip: If you use the Background blur or Improve lighting features, it will leverage your local hardware to improve performance.

Google Meet

You can start face-to-face video calls with Google Meet from your Calendar, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook or the web browser.

Learn how to start a Google Meet video meeting.

Google Duo

To chat with Duo, you must install the app and verify your phone number.

Learn how to set up Duo on a Chromebook.

Zoom

Download the Zoom progressive web app from the Google Play Store.

Microsoft Teams
To learn how to use Microsoft Teams on your web browser, visit the Teams Help Centre.

Learn more about other video chat apps compatible with Chromebook.

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