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Remote Meeting Applications

This instruction guide is designed to explain the various benefits and features of each software so that you can make an informed decision as to which would be most useful and beneficial to your needs.

Google Duo

Google Duo:

Google Duo is a relatively new program that was designed to replace Google Hangouts. Google Duo is ideal for low bandwidths as it provides high quality video calling. Additionally, if you cannot connect to wi-fi, Duo will lower your bandwidth to 1 Mbps automatically. Like Skype, Duo has end to end encryption. However, Duo can send your contacts and location to Google so there may be some privacy issues. 

In order to use Duo, you need a phone number and access to a phone that can receive SMS messages. If you would like to use Duo across multiple devices and platforms, you will need a Google account. If you would prefer to use Duo on your computer, you need to set it up for web. 

To start a video or audio call, if you are using a computer, go to duo.google.com. Select a contact. Click on Start call. Choose either video or voice. When the call is complete, hit end. 

In the Android or iPhone app, to start a video or audio call, open the app. Similar to the instruction for using a computer, select the person you would like to call. To make a group video call, you will need to swipe up, then choose “Create Group” and select the contacts you want to include in the call. After the call is over, you can choose to name this group for future calls.