Mobile group conferencing got real! Moreover, it is free! Any user can download TrueConf mobile video conferencing client application on his/her iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet and communicate with other users from any place and at any time.
The maximum number of the participants to a symmetric group conference is 9. Unlike other modes of group video conferencing, such as Video Broadcasting and Virtual Meeting, which do not provide full contact between all the participants, all users can see and hear each other in a symmetric video conference.
Group Conference on iOS
Step 1: Create a Symmetric Conference
Go to the Address Book and click “New Group Conference” button. A window will open where you can choose the type of a conference. In this case, select “Symmetric”. Enter a name for your conference and then click the “Create” button:
Step 2: Invite Users
After the conference is created, invite users from the Address Book. To do this, use the “Invite” button:
When you click this button you will be taken back to the Address Book. Right-click on the name of the necessary user. Once several icons appear to the right of his/her name, select the green phone icon .
You Can Start Communicating!
In a symmetric conference on iOS users can disable camera or microphone broadcasting, and add new participants to the conference (in the case if the number of participants is lower than 9 people). Learn more about application’s control icons in our previous tutorial.
Symmetric Video Conference on Android
And now try to organize a group video conference on the Android device.
Step 1: Go to the Address Book
When going into the Address Book tab you will see the “Conference” button, tap on it:
Step 2: Select the Participants to Your Symmetric Conference
Select “Symmetric 9×9” in the opened window. Next tap the “Add members” button. After all the participants have been selected, tap the “Create” button.
Step 3: Communicate in Symmetrical Mode!
During a symmetric conference, users can invite new participants to the conference, use instant messaging and configure the application (when clicking the button with gears, icons for disabling the microphone, camera or muting sounds as well as an icon for switching between front and rear camera will appear).
Managing Group Conference on Android
During a group conference you can see the following icon in the tool bar:
Upon clicking on it the following actions become available:
– participants management;
– equipment management.
There are two kinds of chat sessions we offer during the conference: personal chat with a specific participant or group chat between all participants of the conference:
By clicking the personal chat icon you will open the window with the “Public chat” and “New chat+” icons.
Click on it will bring an address book. Just select a user you want communicate with. You can chat with any user not only with current conference participants. You can also send an offline message to a user who isn’t available:
Enter your message in the message field and click on the icon with a pointer to send it:
To start group chat click on “triangle” icon in the toolbar. Group chat of the current conferences will immediately appear. Only conference’s participants will see your messages, and vice versa.
How to add new participant
To add new participants to the conference click on “people” icon in the toolbar. You’ll see a list of current conference’ participants. Click on “Add new participant” icon to select a new user from your address book:
Once selected the user will receive an invitation to join the conference. That’s it!
To switch camera, disable or enable microphone and sound click on “settings” icon :
– turn on/off microphone, including headset;
– switch between front and rear cameras;
– turn on/off the active camera.
How to end conference
To end or leave group conference just click the on “hang up” icon in the upper right corner of the main conference window. Please note that if you was the owner of the conference it will end for all participants.