Video chat no email

Google makes it easy to video or audio chat from within the Gmail interface on your desktop or laptop computer.

Previously, these features required special plug-ins to be installed, but now you can start a video or audio chat directly from your Gmail account.

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On the bottom right side of Gmail is a separate section from your emails.

One icon represents your contacts, another is Google Hangouts (it's a round icon with quotation marks inside), and the last is a phone icon.

If you find a contact you want to chat with, you can just click their name to bring up a new chat window on the bottom of the Gmail interface.

From there, the screen will look like a standard instant messaging screen except that they'll be a few buttons there for video and audio calling.

Obviously, you can use this chat window for text chat but above the text area are some additional buttons like a camera, group button, phone, and SMS button.

What you see here depends on what the contact has set up on their own account, whether you have their phone number saved, etc.To make a video or audio call from Gmail, just click the button you want to use that corresponds to the call you want to make, and it will immediately start calling that contact.If you're making an audio call, and your contact has multiple numbers (e.g.work and home), you'll be asked which one you want to call.Note: Most calls within the US are free, and international calls are billed at low rates that you can check out here.You'll see how much a call costs once you initiate it. Using Google Hangouts through Gmail on a laptop or desktop is handy and effective but there might be times when you'd rather use Google Hangouts on the go.

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