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My Video Chat for Seniors


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  • Copyright 2021
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-738125-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-738125-8

Full-color, clear, and readable tasks show you how to get the most out of Zoom and other video chat platforms.

Step-by-step instructions that show you exactly how to host and participate in video chats with friends and family.

Help when you have specific questions.

Tips and notes to help you get the most from your video chats.

Learn how to

  • Use video chat to keep in touch with friends, family, and co-workers
  • Discover the differences between the most popular video chat platforms: Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, WhatsApp, and Zoom
  • Choose the right video chat platforms for all your needs
  • Video chat on a variety of devices--Android and Apple phones and tablets, as well as Mac, Windows, and Chromebook computers
  • Participate in one-on-one and group video chats--and host your own chats
  • Improve your video chats with useful accessories, such as lights and microphones
  • Use Zoom advanced features, including virtual backgrounds
  • Video chat with smart displays such as the Amazon Echo Show, Facebook Portal, and Google Nest Hub Max
  • Use video chat for large events such as birthday parties, neighborhood meetings, and business conferences
  • Keep your video chats safe and private

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Understanding Video Chat: What It Is and How It’s Keeping Us Connected     3
What Video Chat Is--and How It Works     3
How and Why People Use Video Chat     5
Video Chatting on Different Devices     8

Chapter 2  Comparing Video Chat Platforms     15
Introducing the Major Video Chat Platforms     15
    Zoom     16
    Apple FaceTime     17
    Facebook Messenger     18
    Skype     20
    WhatsApp     21
    Google Duo     23
    Google Meet     24
    Microsoft Teams     25
Evaluating the Major Video Chat Platforms     26
Which Video Chat Platform(s) Should You Use?     30
Which Device(s) Should You Use for Video Chat?     34

Chapter 3  Using Zoom     39
Learning All About Zoom     39
Using Zoom on Different Devices     40
Participating in a Zoom Meeting     46
Hosting a Zoom Meeting     61

Chapter 4  Getting More Out of Zoom     75
Advanced Features for Participants     75
Advanced Features for Hosts     86
Managing Zoom Contacts     90

Chapter 5  Using FaceTime     95
Understanding Apple FaceTime     95
Video Chatting with FaceTime     96
Using Group FaceTime for Larger Meetings     100

Chapter 6  Using Facebook Messenger     105
Understanding Facebook Messenger     105
Group Chatting with Messenger Rooms     112

Chapter 7  Using Skype     119
Understanding Skype     119
Video Chatting with Skype     120
Using Skype for Group Video Chats     126

Chapter 8  Using WhatsApp     133
Understanding WhatsApp     133
Video Chatting with WhatsApp     134

Chapter 9  Using Google Duo and Meet     143
Video Chatting with Google Duo     143
Video Meetings with Google Meet     153

Chapter 10  Using Microsoft Teams     161
Understanding Microsoft Teams     161
Video Chatting with Microsoft Teams     162

Chapter 11  Video Chatting with Facebook Portal, Amazon Echo Show, and Google Nest Hub Max     169
Chatting with Facebook Portal     170
Chatting with Amazon Echo Show     182
Chatting with Google Nest Hub Max     189

Chapter 12  Tips and Tricks for Better Video Chats     195
Creating the Right Environment     195
Making a Better Connection     203
Improving Your Appearance     208
Preparing for a Video Meeting     213

Chapter 13  Enhancing Your Video Chats with Add-Ons and Accessories     217
Webcams and Microphones     217
Headphones, Headsets, and Earbuds     223
Lighting and Backgrounds     227
Stands and Tripods     232

Chapter 14  Hosting Virtual Events     239
What Is a Virtual Event?     239
Hosting a Virtual Gathering     242
Hosting a Webinar     247

Chapter 15  Staying Safe While Video Chatting     253
Learning About Worrisome Privacy and Security Issues     253
Privacy and Security Issues with Specific Chat Platforms     258
Making Your Video Chats More Private and Secure     260
Avoiding Screen Fatigue and Eye Strain     264

Glossary     266
Index     271


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