Software & Apps Apps How to Use the Marco Polo App Send video messages to a friend or group Share Pin Email Print martin-dm/Getty Images Apps Best Apps By Amanda Derrick Freelance Contributor Amanda Derrick is a mechanical engineer, business strategist, and former Lifewire writer who has also written for USAF Civil Service, ATK, and Boeing. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Amanda Derrick Updated July 15, 2019 Want to send video messages to a friend or group? Learn how to use the Marco Polo to do just that. Here are some easy step-by-step instructions to get you started. How to Use Marco Polo App to Import Your Contacts Marco Polo allows you to send messages to contacts by linking phone numbers. Allowing the app access to your contacts is the quickest way to get this process started. The first time you open Marco Polo, the app will ask you to import your contacts. You can do this selectively, or allow the app to import all of your contacts who are known Marco Polo users. To add contacts and start a chat after your first time opening the app, follow these steps: Tap the People tab at the bottom center of the home screen. Check the "Friends on Marco Polo" list that shows all of your contacts who are on Marco Polo and allows you to add them to your chat. Tap Add+ to start a Marco Polo with one contact, or tap Create Group at the top of the screen to start a group Marco Polo. If your friend isn't showing up in the list you can try add them using their phone number, which will send your friend an invitation via text if they aren't a Marco Polo user. Now that you've picked your friend(s) to chat with, you can begin sending messages. The process is the same for an individual or a group. How to Use Marco Polo to Send a Video Message To send a Marco Polo video message to a friend you can start in either the People or Chats menus of the app. If you want to create a new group you'll need to follow the steps above, and that group will then show up in the Chats menu. The Chats menu shows your most recent Marco Polo message strings. Once a group is there after creating it in the prior steps, or by adding your contacts, you'll be able to send a message. Tap Chats at the bottom left of the home screen. Tap a friend or group chat icon from the list. Your camera is now open, ready to record. There are four icons along the bottom of the camera screen in white, and two on either side of the Start button. Tap any of these extras before you start recording your message: T: Opens the option to type and overlay text for your messageLandscape Icon: Allows you to insert a photo into your message while you record audio to go with the photoUnicorn: Select from voice distortion filters, like helium or robotCamera Flip: Rotate the camera view from selfie mode (the default) to away and back again Tap Start to begin recording your message. When you tap Start, your contacts may be notified you're recording and can come watch you in real time. However, the message won't be saved in the message chain until you end it. Tap End when you're finished recording your message and your message will be sent automatically. How to Delete a Marco Polo Message On the Chats screen, open the Marco Polo message string with the Polo (single recording) you want to delete. Tap and hold the thumbnail of the recording you want to delete at the bottom in the filmstrip. Tap Delete this Polo. That will only delete one Polo, or message, within a whole string. How to Delete an Entire Chat Go to the Chats menu. Tap the three dots icon on the far right of the chat icon for the conversation you want to delete. Tap Block/Delete Chat, then tap either Delete Chat to removes the message string, or tap Block and Delete Chat, to delete the string and block the contact from messaging you. How to Personalize the Marco Polo App Want to personalize your Chats screen? Tap the three dots icon to the far right of a message screen and tap Set Chat Tile to pick a photo or gif to represent your group. Under Settings, you'll find options for adding your birthday set your profile icon, and tailor your notifications. Adding your birthday will cause Marco Polo to not-so-subtly remind your friends to wish you a happy day when the day comes.