How to Use Google Talk on Android Phone

Google Talk, which appears on an Android phone or tablet simply as “Talk,” is a way to text, chat, or video chat with your Google contacts, for free. While there are other applications available for text, talking, or video calling, “Talk” offers the convenience of access to your contacts who may be using their iPhone, another Android device such as a tablet, or even their gmail account on their computer.

Before You Begin

1. If you do not have a Google account, go to mail.google.com and create an account. The website will give you step-by-step directions.

2. Once you have created a Google account, you can add friends and contacts that are also on Google.

Using “Talk” for Texting

1. Go to apps.

2. Select “Talk”

3. A list of your Google contacts will populate the screen.

4. Select a friend and type to compose a message. This works much like any other text-message
application

Using “Talk” for a Conversation

1. Select “Talk”

2. A list of your Google contacts will populate the screen

3. A microphone icon will appear next to friends who are available for a conversation.

4. Select the microphone button to invite your friend to talk.

5. Select the “x” button to end your conversation.

Using “Talk” for Video Chat

1. Select “Talk”

2. A list of your Google contacts will populate the screen.

3. A video button will appear next to friends who are available for a video chat.

4. Select the video button to invite your friend to video chat.

5. Select the “x” button to end your conversation.

This is part of our Android Basics/Tips and Tricks series. Great for anyone new to Android, or anyone just looking to learn a few tips and tricks! For all our Android Basics, head here.

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