If you’ve ever been called on to do tech support, either for work or as the family’s resident tech expert, you know how handy a decent screen sharing tool can be. Google Duo has been around for a while as a video calling tool but Google has added the ability to share your screen during a call. That should make life easier for tech support and people wanting to do product demos and presentations over Duo.
9to5Google found the new feature when reviewing the latest build of Google Duo. In order to use the new screen sharing feature, you’ll need to install version 34 of the software – this is currently being rolled out.
When you’re in a video call, an icon appears above the microphone mute and front/rear camera toggle. When you tap the icon the software warns you that “Duo will start capturing everything that’s displayed on your screen”. Once you hit “Start now” the contents of your display will be broadcast to the other callers you’re chatting with.
While this will be really useful for many people, it’s worth noting that remote access apps are part of the toolbox used by scammers. The infamous “Windows support” call scam dupes people into installing remote access software that’s used by thieves to take over your system and install malware or steal data.
If you’re planning to use this new feature, make sure you let folks know to only use it with people they actually know and not random support calls.