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The Fix: Group video chat made easy

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The Fix: Group video chat made easy

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Using either a PC or a Mac, we show you how to video chat with a group of people for free, on devices you already own.

[MUSIC] Remember when video chat was this thing we only saw in sci-fi movies? Well, maybe I'm the only one old enough to actually remember that. But thankfully, it's not a fantasy. It's real. And now, we can video chat with multiple people completely free of charge. First, probably the best way to get a group chat session going is to use a service like Skype. Now you'll need either a pc, a Mac, or an Xbox One to get into a group chat. Just make sure you have the latest version of Skype installed. We'll show you how to do this on both of. PC and a MAC. Open Skype and sign in. On a MAC, select File, then New Conversation, then start typing the names of the contacts you wanna add to the call, and then click on each one. When you're ready to start a video call, click the arrow next to the call button, and choose a video. As participants answer the call, they'll be added to the group chat. On Skype, you can have three to ten people on a group chat. To add more members, just click the plus button and add new names like you did before. However, for performance sake, it's best not to go over five. [MUSIC] If using the PC, once you're signed in, just select the creat a group icon. From the contact list, just drag the contacts you'd like to add to a group conversation. Into the highlighted area. Then click video call. Just reminding you, you can't use your smart phone if you want to get into a group chat on Skype. At least not right now. If you do want to use your smart phone to get into a group chat you can use Google Hangouts. However, that requires a Google account. Now on Google+, start a new Hangout. Click on the names you wanna add, and then click the video icon. [MUSIC] Now you can add up to nine names to start your group video chat session. However, for performance sake, it's best not to max it out. On your android phone tap the plus button add the name to start a session then tap the video icon. There are other free apps that allow you to do group conferencing. But these two are not only the easiest to get up and running with, but because of the popularity of Skype and Gmail, they're probably the ones your friends and colleagues will most likely already have accounts for. Group chat is a great to communicate with your friends, conduct interviews, and catch up with your relatives. Now that you know how to use it, you have no excuse. Have your mom watch this video and then start calling her every week. [MUSIC] [NOISE]

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