The saga of Google Duo with multi-device support is coming to an end. Just when EE. UU Celebrate your independence, our beloved video chat application gets its own sovereignty from the shackles of single-device support and spreads its wings to land on as many phones and tablets as you wish, with as many warnings as you can. imagine
If you have already registered with Duo on one of your phones, when you open the application you could now (on the server side) show you a pop-up window that explains that you can now use your Google account to log in to Duo in other devices. After you accept that, you can pick up any other phone (or tablet, let's access that) and download Duo. If that same Google account is already present on the device, Duo will omit to show you the usual phone number and display the "Log in with your Google account" page. All you have to do is accept that and you are using Duo on two devices.
Left : Popup window on the device already connected. Right : login page on the second device.
There is a small difference in the configuration of your primary Duo device and the secondary ones. The first one only has the option to delete the Duo account, while the second one allows you to close the Duo session so you can change the accounts or log in with another phone number.
Left : Main telephone connected to Duo. Right : Secondary devices.
Compatibility with several devices is not limited to phones. The tablets are now officially welcome (Duo had already worked previously, but you had to load the APK) so you can find the application and install it directly from the Play Store. This makes it easier to get updates too. The sign-in process is the same as with secondary devices: use your Google account.
Google Duo can now officially install on my Galaxy Tab S2, Huawei MediaPad M5 8 and Pro 10.
As I mentioned earlier, there are still some warnings with this support for multiple devices:
- You still need a phone number to log in to Duo for the first time. You can not log in with an email address, a limitation that can be a deciding factor if you set up Duo for a child or someone without a phone number.
- Google Pixelbook and other Chromebooks are not yet compatible, which makes Duo still unable to use the computers.
- It seems that you can not contact someone based on their email address, you need to know their phone number.
Duo clearly continues to rely on your phone number as your identification, with the email address only acting as a means to copy that account to other devices. Personally I prefer to trust phone numbers because when I want to contact someone, it is likely that I already have their number and not their email address. In addition, users less prone to technology find that numbers are easier than email for configuration and use (my parents and in-laws understood that very quickly, after having used WhatsApp for years). But I would not say no if both options are available, as many of you prefer.
Compatibility with several devices is slowly being deployed as a change to the server. My main device's pop-up window and my secondary's login page appeared on Google Duo v36.1, but a third device with the same version still wants me to sign in with a phone number. Your chances of getting it are probably better if you have Duo 36.1. You can take it from Play Store or from APK Mirror.