Chat by voice or video

If your friends use Google Talk on a computer, phone, or other device with a microphone or camera, and they make themselves available, you can chat with them by voice and video.

Invite a friend to a voice chat

  1. Touch your friend’s name in the Friends list.

    A chat window opens.

  2. Touch the Microphone icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Your friend receives a voice chat invitation. To withdraw it, touch the X beside the Microphone icon.

    If your friend accepts your invitation, you can speak to each other using your phone’s built-in microphone and speakers, or a headset.

    Use your phone’s Volume control to adjust your speakers’ volume during the chat. To turn your microphone off or on, touch the Microphone icon.

    While you're voice chatting, you can also chat by text in the chat window.

  4. To end the chat, touch the X at the top of the screen.

Invite a friend to a video chat

  1. Touch your friend’s name in the Friends list.

    A chat window opens.

  2. Touch the Video icon at the top of the screen.

Your friend receives a video chat invitation. If your friend accepts your invitation, the video chat window opens, filling the screen.

You can now speak with and see each other each other using your phone's built-in microphone, speakers, and camera. You can also use a wired or Bluetooth headset.

During a video chat you can:

  • Touch the screen to reveal the video chat controls.
  • Touch the Microphone icon to mute or unmute your microphone.
  • Touch the Speaker icon to switch between the phone's speakers and a headset.
  • Use your phone's Volume button to control the volume.
  • Touch the Switch Camera icon to switch between your phone's front and back cameras.
  • Touch the Effects icon to adjust stabilization, turn on different kinds of silly faces, or replace the background.

    To close the Effects controls, touch the Talk icon at the top left of the screen.

When you’re finished chatting, touch the X at the top of the screen to stop.

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