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Video call

 

Video call is a great tool that allows you to not only communicate vocally but also visually, and connect better with family and friends from wherever you or they are.

There are different apps for video call that you download from Play Store. A well-known and popular app is Skype but did you know that you can also use for example WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to call with video?

In addition to sending messages you can call directly to one or more friends, either voice call or video call. It’s like calling by using the phone, except that you need to be connected to the Internet via WiFi or have data with a 3G/4G network. Keep in mind that if you don’t have an internet connection, you will not be able to call. On the other hand, if you have access to a free WiFi network, you can call free of charge.

 

WhatsApp

Getting started

In addition to sending messages you can use WhatsApp for video calling. If you don’t already have the app, you will need to download it from Play Store. Tap “Install” and agree to the conditions of use. In the next step you will need to enter your mobile phone number including the country code and then confirm by inserting a code sent by SMS. WhatsApp will ask you for permission to get access to contacts etc on your phone which you will have to agree.

 

Video calling with WhatsApp

Tap the “Calls” tab on the top of the app and then tap the green icon with the phone and a plus to start a call. Alternatively, use the search field. Find your contact and tap on the video icon next to it to start a video call. When starting a video call you will by default have a self view in the camera that the person on the other side will see. You can change the view by tapping the icon with the camera with arrows in the bottom left corner. You can also choose to disable your video at any time during the call by tapping the video icon on the bottom center and only have a vocal call. By tapping the microphone icon on the bottom right you can mute yourself. There’s also a possibility to add friends to your call. To do so during a video call tap the icon with the contact and a plus on the top right corner of the screen. 

 

See below tutorial video for all the functions on video.

 

That’s it! Now you’re ready to video call on your Doro smartphone!

 

Facebook Messenger

Video calling with Messenger

 

To use Messenger directly from Facebook tap the icon that looks like a speech bubble with a lightning bolt in it. You’ll find it at the top right of the screen, just to the right hand side of the search field. If the Messenger app has not yet been installed on your phone, you will have to do this first by following the instructions. Your account and login is the same as for Facebook, and you will be able to see all your Facebook friends in Messenger as well. In the app choose a contact by typing in the search field and then you will be able to find the phone and the video icon in the top right corner.

When starting a video call you will by default have a self view in the camera that the person on the other side will see. You can change the view by tapping the icon with the camera with arrows in the right top corner. You can also choose to disable your video at any time during the call by tapping the video icon and only have a vocal call. By tapping the microphone icon you can mute yourself. Other function on messenger is an icon that looks like a magic wand. Tapping that one you can apply fun filters to your face during the call, from cute bunny ears to giant cartoon glasses.

If you want to add another person to the call you can tap the icon with the contact and a plus on the bottom of the screen. With the shutter icon on the bottom left corner on the screen you will be able to take still images of the screen during the call.

 

That’s it! Good luck with video calling on your Doro smartphone!