During this time of having to shelter at home, it's more important than ever to stay connected to friends and loved ones. You may also need to collaborate with work colleagues or classmates on special projects. You may be wondering how to pick up your groceries or medications. Or how find a sympathetic ear.
We've set up this page to provide information on free conferencing applications, WiFi access, medication delivery, and other other handy services for getting on with your life. We'll be adding to this page, so keep checking back. Feel free to make suggestions for additions, or send any questions you may have to Augie Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the reference desk at 415-289-4121, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stay Connected with Free Conferencing Applications
For each of these platforms, check that the person you’d like to call has the appropriate kind of device or account before you place your call. To use a video conference platform on your computer, tablet, or mobile device, make sure your device is equipped with both a camera and a microphone. Any phone has a built-in microphone, and most smart phones should have cameras as well. Tablets usually have both as well. Computers and laptops are more variable. If you need help determining whether your device is compatible or setting up your chosen platform, please email Tula at email@example.com.
Google Hangouts: If you and the person you’d like to call already have gmail accounts, you’re halfway there! Once you’ve each logged in to your accounts, there are options for phone calls, messages, and video calls. To use on a mobile device, you’ll need to download the Hangouts app.
Facebook Messenger: if you and the person you’d like to call have Facebook accounts, this an easy option.To use on a mobile device, you’ll need to download the Messenger app.
Zoom: though designed for use in a business context, Zoom is also easy to use for personal video calls. To use on a mobile device, you’ll need to download the Zoom app. Here are some really easy to use instructions for getting started on Zoom, courtesy of Sausalito Village.
Skype: though Skype is owned by Microsoft, if can be used on PCs and Macs. To use on a mobile device, you’ll need to download the Skype app.
Get Free Internet Access
- In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, Internet Essentials has increased speeds to 25/3 Mbps for all customers - no action is required. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here for more details.
- Xfinity WiFi Hotspots in out-of-home locations are available for free to anyone who needs them to support communities through this challenging time. Follow instructions at xfinity.com/wifi to join a hotspot.