Marco Polo is a free app for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones that lets you exchange video messages in a similar way to the old walkie talkie. The app has similar functions to WhatsApp, Snapchat and Instagram Stories and lets you send friends and family short recordings. As much as the user may upload photos from the gallery or type texts, the entire content must be narrated and delivered in video format – which need not be viewed live, nor will it be erased after a few hours.
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In the following tutorial, check out how to use the Marco Polo app to chat with your friends. The procedure was performed on an iPhone 8 with iOS 12, but the tips also apply to users of Google-powered devices.
Learn how to use the Marco Polo app to walkie talkie style video chat Photo: Divulgao / Marco Polo
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Step 1. Install the Marco Polo app on your mobile. When you first open it, you will need to create a free registration. To do this, tap "Get Started" and provide your phone number. You will receive a confirmation code by SMS and you must enter it on the next screen;
Join Marco Polo Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 2. After confirming your number, enter your full name and a valid email address. In the next step, Marco Polo ask access to your contacts. If you wish, you can invite your friends to use the app by tapping "Invite". To move forward without inviting anyone, tap "Next" in the upper left corner;
Enter your personal details Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora
Step 3. An introduction video about the application will be displayed. Tap "Skip, I already know" to go to Marco Polo's home screen. Tap on a friend's name or number to send a video message;
Accessing Marco Polo's home screen Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
Step 4. Tap "Start" to start recording. If you wish, you can add text, stickers, filters, images from the gallery or switch between the front and rear camera using the buttons beside. When done, tap "Stop" to end recording and send the video;
Sending a video message Photo: Playback / Helito Beggiora
Step 5. When you receive a message from a friend, you will see a red notification next to the person's name or number. Tap the contact to play the message. You can submit a reaction or skip to the next video using the buttons indicated. At the bottom of the screen you can view the old messages.
Viewing received message Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
Ready! Enjoy tips on how to use the app to chat with your friends via walkie talkie video.