Video calling on Duo helps you savor the moments with people who matter to you, and today we have a couple of updates that help you connect with loved ones and personalize your calls and messages.

Video call with the whole family

No need to play telephone, now up to eight people can catch up with group calling on Duo. Group calling is now available globally on both iOS and Android, and like all Duo calls and video messages, group calls are also encrypted end-to-end so your conversations stay private.

Group calling with Google Duo

Data Saving mode

Data can be costly, so in select regions including Indonesia, India, and Brazil, you can limit data usage on mobile networks and Wi-Fi on Android. If you turn on Data Saving mode in Settings, both you and the person you’re calling will save on data usage in video calls. Data saving mode will be rolling out to more markets in the coming months.

Personalize video messages

Video messages let you record a quick hello when you don’t have time to call or when the person you’re calling can’t pick up. Now on Android and coming soon to iOS, you can personalize video messages by adding text and emojis, or even drawing on your message using brushes.

Draw and write on video messages with Google Duo

Ok, no more stalling. Time to pick up the phone to leave Mom a video message!

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