Gmail On IphoneSource: Charles Deluvio / iMore

What you need to know

  • You can now start and join voice and video calls from within the Gmail app.
  • Calls can now be started by tapping a button in Google Chats.

If you're someone who likes to use Google Chat inside the Gmail app on your iPhone, you can now more easily start or join a video or voice call, too. While it was kinda sorta possible before, it's now a case of tapping a button rather than the convoluted invitation system that was present before.

Google confirmed the change in a new Workspace Update post, saying that the feature works for "1:1 chats."

You can now start or join meetings and audio calls from 1:1 chats in Google Chat in Gmail on Android and iOS. At the moment, this feature will be available for 1:1 chats only.

To ring someone directly, select the phone or video icon in the top right corner of a 1:1 chat.

Gmail CallingSource: Google

Google says that the move has been made to make it easier for people to stay in touch at a time where some people are working from offices and others are working from home.

As some teams begin to return to office, while others remain distributed, we hope this makes it easier to connect with your colleagues in the hybrid work world. This feature will allow you to seamlessly switch between chat to a video or audio call when needed, helping you collaborate and move your work forward.

The Gmail app is the best iPhone solution for people who want to access their Google-hosted emails, especially if they also want to make use of features like Google Chat. Improvements like this will no doubt be welcomed by those who also make use of Google's calling features, too.