In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows users how to initiate a video chat, which Gmail calls a hangout, to video chat with other Gmail users.
- [Jess] In the last video, I showed you how to start a simple text chat. This time we'll do a video chat, which Google calls Hangouts. In the chat window, I'll click on Garrick's name. I've already been chatting with him, but now let's turn it into a video hangout. I could send a message right now and it will go through to him as text, but to open that video window, I could click on the video camera icon on the top left-hand side of the screen. It's going to instantly start calling Garrick. I can also have Garrick call me.
When the phone rings, I'll click Answer. (ringtone plays) Hi, Garrick. - Hey, Jess. - Now we're in a video hangout. There's a few things that I can do. In the middle of the screen, I can click the red circle with the phone to hang up, or if I want to blank my screen quickly, I can click the video camera icon on the right-hand side. I can also mute my microphone quickly by clicking the microphone icon on the left. Also, if I'm running into technical difficulties, I can click the gear on the top left-hand side of the screen.
This is going to allow me to change my video, microphone, or speaker settings. I'll click Done now, and now we're all done with the hangout, so I'm going to hang up by clicking the red phone icon. Thanks for helping out, Garrick. - Yeah, thanks. See ya, Jess. - [Jess] And that's how easy it is to do a video chat in Gmail.
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