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How to leave a video message for someone on Google Duo

Google Duo on Android
Google Duo on Android (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda/Android Central)

As a remote worker (and recent self-isolator), I love how video chat platforms allow me to stay in touch with friends and family. But sometimes those contacts are not available to chat when I am. Other times, I just want to send off a quick note without disrupting their daily flow. For those instances, I've come to utilize Google Duo's ability to send pre-recorded video messages. I'll show you how easy this is to do in the steps below.

How to leave a video message with Google Duo

  1. Open the Google Duo app on your phone, tablet, or Chromebook, and make sure you're signed in with your Google account.
  2. If you've never opened the app before, you will need to grant it permissions to access your phone's microphone, camera, and contacts.
  3. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the contacts view.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Tap on the contact or group you want to leave a message for.
  2. Tap on the red circular Message button at the bottom right of the screen to record your video message.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. In addition to video messages, you can elect to send a voice message only or you can type a note and send it as a text message.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

As I mentioned, this feature works equally well for groups as for individuals, so during your quarantine you can send a thinking of you message to your grandparents, or a silly song to your sorority sisters. Have fun with it (but don't be too annoying!). And if you're looking for more Google Duo tips and tricks, we have a handy roundup of all our favorites!

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Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.