In times of coronavirus, not feeling alone is a challenge, but at the same time it is essential to ensure the mental health of the population. And technology has helped anyone who wants to keep in touch with family and friends, after all, chatting via a nice text message, but sometimes eye to eye can help you miss them.
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Google Hangouts is one of the features that can be used at these times, and is so easy to access that anyone can make and participate in calls.
The tool is available in desktop versions, as an extension for Chrome, or app for Android and iOS. To use it, I need to login with email. If you use Gmail, the program synchronizes data with other Google services, which makes it easier to obtain contacts.
Making audio or video calls with Google Hangouts is very simple. On the computer, just access this link, login and the contacts are displayed. On the home screen, video call, phone call and message options are already offered.
The very intuitive home screenSource: (Source: Hangouts / Reproduction)
To send messages or make video calls, the service is free. To make a phone call, however, you need to enter a phone number and get credits on Google Voice.
To make calls via desktop, you need to enter your numberSource: (Source: Hangouts / Reproduction)
To have a video chat, just click on "video call". The site opens a new window and you need to authorize the use of the camera and microphone. When clicking on "add people", the tool allows the inclusion of new contacts called. If this is your first time using the service, participants will need to accept the invitation to join the chat.
Desktop video calling requires authorization to use camera and microphoneSource: (Source: Hangouts / Reproduction)
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When using the Google Hangouts app on your phone, the procedure is very similar. On the app's home screen will be the most recent chats; by clicking on the three dots in the upper left corner, the app offers the user's information and it is even possible to change the account being used.
Mobile version menuSource: (Source: Hangouts / Reproduction)
In this menu, the user can change photo, name and status, activate or suspend notifications, view call invitations and view archived conversations, in addition to accessing the app's settings.
To start a new video call in the app, just click on the "+" in the lower right corner, where you have the options for a new conversation and a new video call. The procedures are similar to those on the desktop: when clicking on "new video call", the most recently used contacts are displayed, and it is possible to search by email, name or phone number in the bar at the top of the screen.
In the mobile version, there is no way to make a phone call, unless the user creates a video conference and chooses to hide the videoSource: (Source: Hangouts / Reproduction)
It is allowed to select up to ten people for the video call, but the contacts must be added to the cell phone or Google account. To include up to 100 people in the same call, Google offers a paid version, called Google Meets.
After selecting all the people for the video call, just click on the green button with the camera symbol and wait for the other participants to answer.
Google Hangouts video call screenSource: (Source: Hangouts / Reproduction)
During the call, you can block the audio or video, change the camera being used, and invite others to join.