Sometimes, your mom isn’t free for a video call at the moment you’re trying to show off your culinary masterpiece. The same goes when you’re trying to catch your best friend to rave about your favorite basketball team’s recent win. But even if they miss your call, you shouldn’t lose the opportunity to show them what you were calling about. Beginning today on Google Duo, you can leave a video message when the person you’re calling can’t pick up.
If the person you’re calling declines or misses your call, you can record up to 30 seconds of a video (or voice) message. Once you’re happy with your message, you can send it to your friend or family member, who will receive it in the Duo app. To play a video message you’ve received from someone, simply tap their icon. And after you’ve watched their video message, you can tap the “Call now” button to easily call that person right back. Video messages automatically disappear within a day after you first watch them, but you can always save your favorites locally to your phone. Learn more about how video messages work here.
With video messages on Google Duo, you can capture and share your important moments, even when friends and family can’t take your call. And like all calls made on Duo, video messages are secure and end-to-end encrypted. Video messages begin rolling out on Android and iOS today, and will be live worldwide over the next several days.