How to Know If Someone is Busy on Google Duo

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How to Know If Someone is Busy on Google Duo

How to Know If Someone is Busy on Google Duo

1. Ask Them

If you want to see if someone is busy on Google Duo, the easiest way is to ask them. You can ask them through the Google Duo app through a message or a call. However, they might not respond to this message because they are busy on the app already.

You can also try contacting them through other methods. If you have their phone number, you can give them a call or text there as well. You can also try emailing them to ask if they are busy on Google Duo.

Another option is to contact them through social media if you do not have their number or email. Apps including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and many others have a direct messaging option.

You can then contact this person through one of these apps to ask if they are busy on Google Duo. Asking them outside of Google Duo will be your best bet. They can still access their device when on a call on Google Duo so that they will see the alert of the other app you contacted them through.

They might not see a message you tried to send to them on Google Duo because they were too busy on the app to see the notification in time.

2. Call and See If It Ends Straight Away

Another way to tell if someone is already busy on Google Duo is to give them a call through the app. If you are unsure how to call someone on Google Duo, follow these steps.

1. Go to Contacts on your Google Duo app.

2. Search for the person whom you want to call. When you find their name, click on it.

3. Then, at the bottom right of your screen, tap Call.

4. Now, you will have to click Call again.

Usually, a call will ring for a while until Google Duo accepts that they will be unable to answer the call. If they decline a call, this ringing is cut short. So, if the person you call declines your call, the ringing will end right away.

Then, you will realize they declined your call because the ringing was cut short. This can cue you in to the fact that they are already on another call or that they are too busy to answer you at the moment. They could also ignore your call if they are already busy on Google Duo.

If they do this, the call will ring all the way through, but they will not answer your call, and you will be sent to voicemail. In either case, you can leave them a voicemail asking if they are busy and then tell them to call you back when they have the chance.

3. Call Them And See If They Answer

Another way to tell if someone is busy or not on Google Duo is to call them and see if they answer. If they answer your call, chances are they were not busy on Google Duo and were able to take your call.

However, they could also answer your call even if they are already busy. When they answer you, they might inform you that they are on another call so that they will call you back shortly but do not want you to think they were ignoring you.

They may also say they are on another call on Google Duo, so you need to make this talk quick so they can return to their original conversation. There is also a chance they do not answer your call at all. You will then be sent to voicemail because they ignored or declined your call.

3. Ask The Person You Think They’re on Call with If They’re on Call with Them

If you think someone will not answer your call because they are already busy talking to another person on Google Duo, you can contact this other person to ask. When you contact them, ask them if they are already talking to the person you want to call.

You can contact them in two different ways on Google Duo. Your first option is to send them a message. This will have to be a voice message. Ask them if they are talking to the person you want to talk to through this message.

If you hear back with a no, you can call the person you want to. However, if you hear back that they are talking to them, or you do not get a response, they are probably busy talking to the person you wanted to call, so they could not respond or inform you they were talking to them already.

The other option is to give them a call on Google Duo. When you do this, if they answer your call, ask them if they were talking to the person you want to talk to. If they say no, call the person you want to.

If they say yes, you will need to wait to call them until the other conversation is over. If this person declines or ignores your call, they could be talking to the person you want to call. You will need to wait until their conversation is over to call them.

Will Someone Know If You’re on Another Call on Google Duo

While someone can not tell if you are already on another call on Google Duo, there are some ways they can try and know if you are busy. One way is by directly asking you. This could be through the Google Duo app itself, or it could be through another means.

They could try to text, email, or direct message you through another app. They could also try calling you through Google Duo. If you decline their call because you are already on another call, they will know you declined their call as the ringing will be cut short, and they will be sent to voicemail earlier than usual.

If you ignore their call, this can also cue them into the fact that you are already busy on another call on Google Duo. However, you could also answer their call to inform them that you are busy with another conversation and will call them back when you can.

They may also try to contact the person they think you are talking to on Google Duo. These are the only ways they can tell if you are busy on Google Duo with another call, as the app does not inform them of your current status.

Does Google Dup Tell You When Someone is on Another Call

Google Duo will not tell you when someone is on another call. However, there are some ways you can try and learn if someone is already on another call, so you do not interrupt this call.

The first is by messaging them through Google Duo or any other apps that you have their contact information on. You can even use social media apps to ask them. You can also call them.

If they answer you, they are most likely not on another call or will tell you there are, so you stop calling them. They might send you straight to voicemail if you call them or ignore your call. You can also ask the person you think they are calling if they are currently engaged in a conversation.

What Happens When You Are on a Google Duo Call, and Someone Else Calls?

When you are already on a call on Google Duo, and someone else calls you, you will be alerted of the call. How you are alerted will depend on the settings you have enabled on your device.

At the top of your screen, you will be notified of an incoming call and told who is calling you. Then, your device with either vibrate, ring or do both. You will swipe up on the notification if you want to answer the incoming call.

Then, your current call will be placed on hold. When you end the second call, you will be returned to the call that is put on hold. If you want to decline the incoming call, swipe down on the notification of the call.

This will cut the call short and send them to voicemail. You can also ignore the call, so it dials all the way through. To do this, click on either volume button on your device. This will stop the ringing or vibrating but allow the call to finish, so you are not sending them to voicemail too early.

Things to Do When Someone Calls When You Are on Another Call Google Duo

1. Pick the Call

If you are on a call with someone on Google Duo, and another person calls you through the app, you have the option to pick up the call. When someone calls you on Google Duo, a notification pops up at the top of your screen.

If you want to answer this call, all you have to do is swipe up on the notification. You will pick up the call and talk to this person as soon as you do this. You may be wondering what happened to the earlier call you were on.

If you answer another call, they are left on hold. So, as soon as you hang up on the person who called you second, you will be back on your original call. You can explain to this person that you had another call come through and had to take it.

There is a chance that the person who called your first hung up once they were placed on hold. In these instances, you will have to call them back.

You can also explain to this person before you take the second call that you have another call coming through, so you will be placed on hold for a little while. Then, they might not hang up on you because they know why they are being put on hold.

2. Decline

You can also decline a call on Google Duo if you are already on another call when they call you. When someone calls you on Google Duo, a notification pops up at the top of your screen.

Again, swipe up on that notification when you want to answer this call. However, you can also decline the call by swiping down on the notification instead of up. This will decline the call, and the alert will go away.

Doing this will also inform the person trying to call you that you rejected their call. Usually, a call will ring for a while until Google Duo accepts that you will be unable to answer the call. When you decline a call, this ringing is cut short.

So, the person calling you will realize you declined their call because the ringing was cut short. This can cue them into the fact that you are already on another call or that you are too busy to answer them at the moment.

They can then leave you a voicemail informing you why they called you. Then, when your current call is over, you can listen to the voicemail and call them back. When you call them back, you can explain that you had to decline their call because you were already talking to someone on Google Duo.

3. Ignore

If you are already on a call on Google Duo but are getting another call from someone else on the app, you can ignore the call. This means you let their call ring through. You are not declining it.

The other person who is trying to call you will hear the dial go all the way through. This will let them know you could not answer their call, but you did not decline it. When ignoring a call when you are already on another call, the ringing or vibrating alerting you to the incoming call can get annoying.

Thankfully, you can mute the call, so it does not continue to ring. All you have to do is click on either of your volume buttons on the device you use Google Duo. Doing this will silence the ringing or vibrating on your device but will not decline the call.

Even though you no longer hear the call, it is still going through. Since the call is going all the way through, the person calling you will understand you could not answer their call.

They can then leave you a voicemail informing you why they called you. Then, when your current call is over, you can listen to the voicemail and call them back. They might assume it is because you are already on another call or you were away from your device when they called you on Google Duo.

4. Send a Message

Another option if you are on a call on Google Duo but someone else calls you is to send them a message. On Google Duo, you can put the call on speakerphone, so you can call someone and still have access to the app.

If you start to receive another call while you are already talking to someone, put the current call on the speakerphone. Then, you can use Google Duo to send a message to the person who is trying to call you.

Inform them that you are already talking to someone, and you will give them a call back as soon as your current call ends. This will let them know why you are unable to answer their call. If you are unsure how to send a message on Google Duo, follow these steps.

1. After you have put the call on the speakerphone, go to Contacts on your Google Duo app.

2. Search for the person who was trying to call you. When you find their name, click on it.

3. Then, at the bottom right of your screen, tap Message.

4. Now, you will have to mute yourself on the call so you can record your message.

5. Tap on Record when you are muted.

6. Once you have finished recording your message, click Stop.

7. Click on Next, and then click on Send.

This will let the person know that you are busy with another call on Google Duo, but you will get back to them as soon as possible.

How to Stop People From Knowing You’re on Another Call Google Duo

Google Duo does not alert other users that you are already on another call, so there is nothing you need to do to stop people from learning you are already on another call.

Again, there are some ways that others can try and figure out if you are already busy, but there is nothing you can do to stop them from doing this.

If there are certain users you do not want to be able to tell anything about your Google Duo account, you can block them on the app. Otherwise, you can do nothing to prevent people from trying to figure out if you are already on another call.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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