Step into the future and leave links in the past.

Like us, links to join group calls may give you horrid flashbacks to Zoom quizzes at the start of the pandemic.

Gmail is another programme that has always relied on links and complicated passwords and meeting codes.

Christmas is done and dusted and it’s time to head back to work. Many of you will still be working from home with your slippers on and access to endless cups of tea.

Using links is all well and good when you’re making calls to new people, but there’s nothing more frustrating than having to go through the same process to make calls with the same people you speak to at work every day.

Gmail calls have been made much simpler which will ease some of the frustrations that come with being at home all day. Here’s how to get started.

Google Workspace and personal accounts are quickly getting this feature in the Gmail app – but getting there is a little more confusing.

1)     Open the Google Chat app.

2)     Select New Meeting where you’ll be directed to your Gmail app.

3)     Select the Chat tab in Gmail.

4)     Open the conversation with the person you wish to call.

5)     There will be two icons in the top toolbar – a camera and a telephone.

6)     Choose whether you want to place an audio or a video call.

You’ll be aware when the call is active because the time you’ve spent on the call will appear in the corner.

You’re not restricted to stay on this screen, which is handy when you need to navigate to documents or other windows.

If you’ve followed these steps but can’t seem to find your way to the Chat tab on the Gmail app, it may actually be disabled – you’re not going crazy.

1)     Head to Settings.

2)     Select Account.

3)     Tap Chat.

Once you’ve enabled this, you’ll be good to go in no time.

It’s worth noting that this feature only works for one on one calls and not group calls, meaning you’ll have to endure the link process for a little while longer – but hey, progress is progress!

Thanks Google.

This feature is set to make work calls much less stressful – with minimal effort too. All you need now is an epic mobile phone with a cracking camera and you’re good to go.

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