How to Use Google Talk Voice and Video Chat - dummies

How to Use Google Talk Voice and Video Chat

By Dan Gookin

When you want more than just a text chat with a friend, Google Talk offers voice and video chat options on your Galaxy Tab. Just touch the Voice or Video button on the right side of the text chat window.

When you do, your friend receives an invite pop-up and Talk notification. Or if a friend is asking you to voice or video chat, you see the pop-up. Touch the Accept button to begin talking.

The person you’re talking with appears in the big window; you’re in the smaller window. With the connection made and the invite accepted, you can begin enjoying video chat.


The controls in the upper-right corner of the screen may vanish after a second; touch the screen to see the controls again.

To end the conversation, touch the X (Close) button. Well, say “Goodbye” first and then touch the X button.

  • When you don’t want to video chat but are willing to text or voice chat, touch the Decline button for the video chat invite. Then choose that contact and reply with a text message or voice chat instead.

  • You can disable incoming voice and video chats by deselecting the Allow Video and Voice Chats item on your Talk account’s Status screen.

  • The Galaxy Tab’s front-facing camera is at the top center of the Tab. If you want to make eye contact, look directly into the camera, though when you do you won’t be able to see the other person.