Google Duo

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Cross-platform video calls with fun features.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not recommended for learning.

Ease of Play

Easy interface takes only a few taps to connect with friends regardless of device platform.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Google Duo is a video-chat app that works across device platforms (such as iOS and Android and web). Users connect using a phone number and have the option to import contacts and invite them to use the app, though they can also dial phone numbers outside their contacts. Dozens of languages are supported, and users can connect using cellular data or Wi-Fi. Google Duo supports group chats for up to 12 users, and offers filters and screen drawing. Though, in terms of data privacy, it's best to only create social media accounts for kids over 13, younger kids could use this app safely with parental supervision. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Kid, 8 years old May 28, 2020

Its Great For This Virus

Duo Is For all ages because u can facetime family and friends! actually today i was going to face time my friend!!!

What's it about?

After downloading GOOGLE DUO, you connect a cellular phone number to the service. Users can choose whether or not to access contacts or receive push notifications, and then they're set to go. From contacts, they can invite friends to download the app or dial numbers directly. Google Duo supports group video chats for up to 12. Kids can play with filters to change the aesthetic or special effects that change seasonally (like a graduation cap or Ramadan background.) The Knock Knock setting lets kids see by video who is calling before they answer (and vice versa) but can be disabled in settings. Users can block numbers, limit mobile data usage, and unregister their number from within the app.

Is it any good?

Though there are other similar services available, this one attempts originality in that it's cross-platform and uses end-to-end encryption, which protects your submissions in transit. Video-chatting isn't restricted to users with the same device. Setting up Google Duo is a cinch -- and that's the most challenging part of the whole process. Once users complete the phone number verification, they can connect with contacts with one tap. While those connections are restricted to others on mobile devices with Google Duo also, they can seamlessly move from Wi-Fi to data connections without dropping a call. The ability to do group video chats with up to 12 others makes it easy to connect with multiple people. And playful effects and filters add some fun to the mix. Since you can only call people you know and there's no contact with strangers, it's relatively safe for kids to use with parental supervision.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pros and cons of video-chatting with Google Duo or any chatting app. While it's a fabulous way to connect with friends and family, teens must be careful and understand that what they share may not always be totally private.

  • Talk to kids about social media basics from an early age, even when they're kids video-chatting with grandparents.

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For kids who love social networking

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