- One of the best video chat apps, now in your browser
- What is Google Duo Web?
- Google Duo Web Requirements
- Using Google Duo on the web
One of the best video chat apps, now in your browser
Given the success it has had with Gmail, Google’s history with other forms of messaging apps is a bit more complicated. But the company has recently revised its strategy, part of which has been the release of its flagship consumer video messaging app, Google Duo, on the web.
What is Google Duo Web?
Duo is a video chat app from Google. It’s a competitor to FaceTime on iOS, with the added bonus of being available on both iOS and Android devices. While there are some other Google apps (notably Hangouts) that also support video conferencing, Duo is geared more towards the average user and offers an easy-to-use interface to quickly connect with friends and family.
Previously, it was not possible to use the application on desktop systems, but Google has solved this problem with Google Duo Web, a version of Duo that runs directly in your browser. If you’re worried it won’t be as functional, don’t be; this version of Duo is just as good as its mobile apps. Plus, it doesn’t require a full installation (although you do need to give it access to your webcam and microphone) and is available on any platform with a modern browser, such as Windows, macOS, Linux, or Chrome OS.
Google Duo Web Requirements
To use Duo Web, you need the following:
A modern web browser such as Firefox, Edge, Safari or Internet Explorer. Of course, the native Google Chrome browser is preferred.
Fast internet connection. While you can try to use it with what you have, the performance you get can be choppy and hard to understand.
Microphone and speakers. Most laptops have both built in, but desktops may require you to purchase a microphone.
webcam. It can be built in or one that you add via USB.
Using Google Duo on the web
These instructions should work on any desktop operating system that supports Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers.
Signing in to your Duo web account is as easy as signing in to Google. In a browser, go to https://duo.google.com.
Duo’s web interface is quite sparse. You’ll see your most recent calls at the top of the window, along with the contact’s name, photo, and date of the call. You can select one of these to call that person again if that’s the one you’re looking for.
Your other contacts are listed below, with their photo, name and phone number (if any). However, this list does not include your entire Google contact list. The list here is limited to people who also use Duo.
Select the name of a recent call or a contact to call. A chat window will open if you’ve given Google Duo access to your microphone and/or webcam.
When you’re ready, choose voice call or video call whatever you want.
When you are ready to end the call, select Hang up hang up.