Although available for years, video calling was never used in such a high volume as it is these days. And, Android OEMs went as far as incorporating it within the system, to make it easier and to compete with Apple’s FaceTime. Of course, the default option comes from Google and it’s called Google Duo. However, some users report that video call is not working on Android for them.
If you are among those users, we encourage you to check the steps we provided below. The basic troubleshooting steps we can suggest to you in case you are in a rush are:
- Check the network
- Restart your device
- Clear app data or uninstall updates (from video calling service and phone app)
- Just switch to another app since there are so many alternatives.
Table of contents:
- Check the network connection
- Set up the Google Duo
- Uninstall Google Duo updates
- Uninstall updates from the Phone app
- Change the default dialer app
- Try some other third-party app
Why is my video calling not working?
If video calling is not working, make sure that you are connected to a stable network and that you’ve set up Google Duo. The same goes for all call recipients. If they don’t have Duo, this won’t work.
If that doesn’t help, uninstall updates from Google Duo and the Phone app. Finally, try with WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, or some other third-party solution that offers video calls and VoIP.
1. Check the network connection
The first thing you need to do is check the network connection. Video or VoIP calls require a network connection, whether that’s Wi-Fi or mobile data. So, make sure that you are connected to stable Wi-Fi. If you are on the move, make sure that Google Duo (the default video-calling app on many Android devices) is allowed to use the data.
Here’s how to allow Google Duo to use the mobile data in the background:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps.
- Expand all apps.
- Open Google Duo from the list of available apps.
- Select Mobile data & Wi-Fi or Mobile data.
- Allow Google Duo to access mobile data in the background.
Also, make sure that the Data saver is disabled in Settings > Network & internet > Data saver.
2. Set up the Google Duo
In order to use Google Duo you firstly need to provide your phone number and log in with your Google Account. This can be done from Phone (Dialer) or by simply opening the Google Duo app from App Drawer.
Once you open the app, provide your phone number and sign in. Make sure to grant all permissions required by Google Duo. If you’ve missed some permissions, you can navigate to Settings > Apps > All apps > Google Duo > Permissions and grant everything there.
Try making a call directly from the Google Duo app instead of going through Contacts or Phone apps. If this doesn’t help and the video call is still not working on Android, check the next step.
3. Uninstall Google Duo updates
The next thing you can try in order to fix the problem is to reinstall Google Duo. On many Android skins, Google Duo comes as a system app. Basically, the go-to video calling service. This means that you can’t completely uninstall the app. What you can do is uninstall Google Duo updates and reset the app that way.
Here’s how to uninstall Google Duo updates on your Android:
- Open Play Store.
- Search for Google Duo.
- Tap Uninstall (and confirm) to restore Google Duo to the factory version.
- Restart your device and open the Play Store again.
- Update Google Duo and check for improvements.
4. Uninstall updates from the Phone app
If the previous step didn’t help, you can do the same for the Phone app. However, instead of going through Play Store, this time you’ll need to navigate through System settings to uninstall updates from the Phone app.
Here’s how to uninstall updates from the Phone app:
- Again, navigate to Settings > Apps (Apps & notifications) > All apps (Manage apps).
- Open Phone app from the list of available apps.
- Tap on the 3-dot menu and select Uninstall updates.
- Restart your device, connect to Wi-Fi, and wait for the app to update.
5. Change the default dialer app
The majority of users that reported issues with video calls use Samsung’s native Phone app that integrates Google Duo for video calls. So, you can choose to make a video call instead of a regular call right from the dialer app.
Although Samsung integrates video calling via Google Duo in their default app, you can try switching to Google Phone. Maybe that’s not your initial choice, but there’s a chance that Google Duo will work better with Google’s app instead of the Samsung Phone dialer app.
Here’s how to change the default dialer app on Samsung:
- Open Play Store and install the Phone by Google app. You can find it, here.
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps.
- From the top, select Choose default apps.
- As the Phone app, select Phone by Google.
- Open Google’s Phone, grant all permissions and try making video calls.
6. Try some other third-party app
Finally, if none of the previous solutions worked, we can only suggest temporary moving to an alternative service. There are many apps that allow video calls, most of them instant messengers like WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, Facebook Messenger, or Signal.
There are specialized apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google’s own Google Meet. These apps focus on conferencing and work with invitations (links) so you don’t have to provide your phone number.
Which one you choose depends on your preference and how many people you are in touch with use it. We can recommend Signal as a privacy-oriented instant messenger and Zoom if you prefer a conference-oriented video calling solution. Although, there’s a good chance that the majority of people you know rather use WhatsApp and Facebook messenger rather than Signal.
Thank you for reading and we hope this article helped you address the issues. If you have anything to add or take, feel free to do so in the comments section below. We always look forward to hearing from you.