In 2022, the messenger Telegram has a new feature for communication – video calls. You can make a video call to a friend through the application from an Android and iOS smartphone, as well as receive video calls from a computer. The option allows you to keep in touch with friends, colleagues, relatives, located anywhere in the country. You can connect it during a conversation or a chat. The ability to make video calls in Telegram has appeared in the beta version so far.
Is there a video call in Telegram?
Telegram is primarily a messenger designed to exchange short messages. There is no video conferencing here, but you can communicate by sending short videos of up to one minute duration. Video recording mode is switched on the microphone icon in the chat menu. Before sending a video, you can re-record or delete it, or add text. The file is not compressed, the image quality remains in its original form.
Video calls in Telegram is a new function of online communication with the interlocutor, and how to use it, and all the advantages will be described below.
Turning on video calls in Telegram
Telegram features are free, easy to install and easy to use. To use the video call option, it is necessary to install the software on a mobile device or PC. After successful registration, the application will need to allow access to the microphone and camera. The following is a detailed look at connecting a video call for different operating systems.
To enable video calling on Apple smartphones, you need to do the following steps:
- Download the latest version of the app through the online App Store.
- Complete the registration process.
- Synchronize your phone book.
- Press the settings icon 10 times.
- In the menu that opens, find and turn on Experimental Feature.
- Enter the chat with the interlocutor and tap on his name.
- A menu opens in which you click on the video call button.
- Make the call.
You can only make a video call if you have the Telegram video call option activated.
The talk screen displays buttons to enable/disable the microphone, change the front camera to the main camera.
To make a video call in Telegram on a phone with Android, you need to download the installation file in the online store Google Play. Then go through authorization, allow the app access to the microphone and camera. After that, follow the instructions:
- Start the application in the phone.
- Open a chat with the interlocutor.
- Click on the name of the user or on the three dots in the top corner.
- In the menu that opens, select “Video Call”.
- When you click on the name of the interlocutor, detailed information opens. You need to find the image of the camera and tap on it.
After pressing the button, the application will connect to the interlocutor. The menu that opens will also display buttons for camera selection, audio on/off, and video. The speaker displayed at the top of the screen allows you to activate or deactivate the speakerphone. The call is ended by pressing the red button.
When you are on a video call, you can minimize the conversation window and perform other actions in your phone. To return to full-screen mode, simply tap the “Back to Talk” button.
On a computer
To communicate via PC, you need to download the web version from the official website of the developer. Then launch the software, connect it to the phone to synchronize contacts to make conversations.
Unlike the mobile version of the software, it is not possible to call through a desktop computer or laptop. Telegram is the most secure messenger of all the others, keeping private conversations as safe as possible. All other functions of chats, channels are supported on PC.
In the web version of Telegram, you can send short video messages to each other. Their duration is the same as on the phone, up to 1 minute. To participate in a video chat you need to do the following:
- Open the application on your PC or laptop.
- Choose a contact from the list on the left side of the screen.
- In the message panel, click once on the microphone icon.
- This will change the icon, and you’ll see a picture of a camera.
- Press and hold the camera icon, and record.
- After releasing your finger, the message will automatically be sent to the recipient.
On the computer, the option of video chatting with the bot is available. To do this, it is downloaded the device, the setting is done.
How to see who called?
You can see the data on calls in a special section of the application. In the list will be available information about incoming, outgoing and missed calls. To do this, open the side menu of the messenger, find the item “Calls”, and tap on it. Then a list opens showing who called, as well as the time and date. The data is displayed for normal audio and video calls.
In addition to this section, you can see information about the caller with the help of special bots. They can find everything about a person with minimal data.
How to control the traffic?
Most Telegram users are interested in the cost of video calls. In the messenger, you can use this service for free. The main condition for the application to work is an Internet connection.
Unlimited traffic provides an unlimited number of calls, correspondence on the platform. If the traffic is limited, the user needs to ensure that the limit is not exceeded. Since additional communication costs will be required.
The traffic used is controlled in the Telegram app. To configure it, you need to perform a number of actions:
- Open the application.
- Go to “Settings” menu.
- Select the sub-item “Data and memory”.
- Select “Traffic usage” from the list.
- At the top of the screen, select a connection method from the offered options.
- Select “Call settings”.
A menu will open in the selected category, where the number of spent megabytes will be indicated. It is necessary to ensure that these data do not exceed the allowable limit.
All calls played through the application on cell phones and PCs are securely encrypted. Users can verify this by comparing the four emoji that are displayed during the communication.
Full-fledged video conferencing in Telegram has not yet been provided by the developers, but the possibility of video calls has recently been added, which pleased many users.
The application has extensive functionality, which allows the most convenient and secure communication with friends, colleagues, and relatives. Perhaps in the near future, developers will introduce the option to connect 3 or more people for negotiations, business meetings or just friendly conversations in the company.