Google Duo has been upgraded to include both video calling and meeting capabilities. When communicating in Duo, you can use either:
- 1:1 and group video calling: The classic Duo end-to-end encrypted experience that involves ringing a number or group directly.
- Meetings: The ability to create or join a cloud-encrypted Google Meet meeting with a link when you’re ready. Meet meetings happen in the Duo app.
The new experience supports Google’s secure video calling solution:
- At no charge
- With more features to connect with others
You’re still able to make unlimited video calls with no time limits on your phone. Your conversation history, contacts, and messages remain.
Google Duo features remain
With this upgrade, your video calling features remain. The upgrade is an improved app experience and doesn’t require a new app download. You’re still able to do everything you’ve always done in Google Duo, such as:
- Make video calls to friends and family by phone number or email.
- Use fun filters and effects.
- Send messages.
- Ask Google Assistant to call with your existing devices.
With the Google Duo upgrade, you can schedule, create, and join a meeting. You also get access to Google Meet’s suite of meeting features and capabilities. This upgrade allows you to:
- Use in-meeting chat.
- Add live closed captions in a video call.
- Apply virtual backgrounds and visual effects.
- Enjoy enhanced video and audio experiences with noise cancellation.
- Schedule a meeting or set up instant meetings so people can join when they’re ready.
- Engage with larger groups of up to 100 people on video.
Try out the new experience in the Google Duo app
Important: You must be signed in with a Google Account in order to try meeting features. Accounts set up with only a phone number can’t use meetings.
Google Meet features will be added to the Google Duo app through app updates. By the end of 2022, the updated Duo app will then be renamed Google Meet.
- This change won’t cause usage disruptions to the Google Duo app.
- If you use Google Duo or Meet at no cost today, you don’t need to pay for the new experience.
- Existing video calling features from Google Duo are here to stay.
- Google Duo conversation history, contacts, and messages will remain saved.
- Meet in Gmail will continue to work with no changes.
- While these updates roll out to the Google Duo app, the original Meet app will continue to work.
- After the completed rollout of updates to the Duo app, users that open the original Meet app will be guided to use the new version.
- If you use Google Duo with a business account, Meet features won’t be available in the Duo app if your domain has Meet disabled.
- Enterprise and Education administrators can get more information on how to manage the transition with their users. Learn how to manage Duo usage for your users.
- For everyone else, to use the combined experience when available, make sure Duo’s auto-updates are on. Learn how to update apps on Android.
- For Google Duo users who turn off auto-updates for their app, a future Android OS version will auto-update the app to the rebranded version.