Talking and Video Chat with the Hangouts App on Android

By Dan Gookin

Take the hangout up a notch by touching the Video icon on your Android phone. When you do, your friend receives a pop-up invite, as shown. Touch the Accept icon to begin talking.

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The next figure shows what an ongoing video chat might look like. The person you’re talking with appears in the big window; you’re in the smaller window. Other video chat participants appear at the bottom of the screen as well, as shown:

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The onscreen controls may vanish after a second; touch the screen to see the controls again.

To end the conversation, touch the Exit icon. Well, say “Goodbye” first, and then touch the icon.

  • When you’re nude, or just ugly, decline the video chat invite. Then choose that contact and reply with a text message or a voice chat instead.

  • Use the Speaker icon to choose how to listen when you video-chat. You can choose to use the phone’s speaker, headphones, and so on.

  • When video-chatting with multiple contacts, choose a contact from the bottom of the screen to see the person in a larger format in the center of the screen.

  • If you want to make eye contact, look directly into the phone’s front-facing camera. It’s right above the touchscreen, either centrally located or to the left or right.