About Hangouts

This article describes the original version of Hangouts (for video calls only). Consider enabling the new Google+ Hangouts to unify chats, audio calls, and video meetings across all of your users' devices.

Hangouts let users connect and communicate with colleagues in multi-user video rooms. Users might use Hangouts to hold a business meeting, discuss a particular "hot topic" or pressing issue, or just have a multi-user video chat.

Hangouts let you share your computer screen so other people in the Hangout can see what’s on your screen. You can choose to share any open window on your computer. You can also share Google Drive files and collaborate to write meeting notes or draw on a shared whiteboard.

In addition, Google+ Hangouts are integrated with Google Calendar. Users can add a video call to their calendar events and join it directly from the calendar event or event reminder.

When you start a Hangout in Google+, you'll also see an option to use Hangouts On Air. Hangouts On Air let you broadcast your Hangout, making them a great option for large presentations, demonstrations, or lectures. After the Hangout and live broadcast, you can edit the recording of the meeting and share it on YouTube.

With Hangouts there’s no need to download a separate application—a simple browser plug-in enables Hangouts on any computer with a web browser, webcam, and microphone. (You can join a Hangout without a webcam or microphone, but you'll have a more limited experience without them.)

To learn about using Hangouts, see Hangouts, Hangouts On Air, and Google+ Hangouts in Google Calendar.