In this era of remote working, many Slack users rely on external services such as Zoom or Google Meet for video chats. Few know that it is just as easy to start a video call within Slack without additional software or services. Here's how.
First open a private message with the person you want to video chat with. To make a call, click the "Call" icon (which looks like a telephone receiver) in the line next to their name.
Slack will start calling the other party to request a video chat. A window may appear requesting access to the microphone or video camera. Click "OK" for both.
Once the other party accepts the call and turns on the microphone and video feed, you will see them in a window on the screen. If you exit the Slack window to use another app (on Mac or PC), the video chat will appear in a smaller floating window overlay that you can move with your cursor.
As you move your cursor over the video window, several round control buttons appear.
At the top left of the window, you will find the Settings and Invite People buttons. At the bottom center of the screen you see these buttons from left to right: Microphone on / off, Video on / off, Share screen, Send a response and hang up.
Clicking the "Settings" icon will bring up a small menu where you can enter a title for the chat and change the microphone, speaker and video camera settings modify.
By clicking the "Invite People" button, you can turn it into a group chat by adding more people to the conversation.
 By clicking on the smiley icon, Comments allows you to add emojis and small text messages that appear in a feed in the right part of the window.
 You can mute your audio at any time with the microphone button or temporarily turn off your video stream m by clicking the camera button (the outline of a camera with a green dot in the middle) .
You can also share a view of what's on your computer screen by pressing the Share Screen button in the center (but be careful). The Share Screen icon looks like a computer monitor, although it may appear crossed out if you have not given Slack permission to share the screen.
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When you're done calling, say goodbye and hit the red button & # 39; Hang up & # 39 ;. This ends the video chat.
Through apps, Slack also integrates with other video chat solutions, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and others, if you & # 39; rather use them for video conferencing. Your Slack administrator must enable each of these apps individually. Have fun and enjoy your chat!