Install classic Hangouts chat on all your devices

You can chat with one coworker or a larger group using a variety of apps and methods.  Just install one or more of the following on the device(s) of your choice.

Turn on classic Hangouts chat in Gmail

If your organization switches from Google Talk to classic Hangouts chat, you must opt-in the first time you use chat in Gmail.

Note: Existing G Suite accounts that use Google Talk will soon be automatically switched to classic Hangouts chat.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Find the chat list on the left side of your inbox and click the arrow next to your profile picture.
  3. Click Try the new Hangouts.
  4. Your chat will refresh and now you’ll see pictures next to people’s names instead of just circles.

Get classic Hangouts chat on your Chrome web browser

To answer classic Hangouts chats right from your desktop, install the Hangouts chrome extension.  The Hangouts icon Hangouts will appear in the top right of your Chrome browser.

When you get a chat, a window pops up on the bottom right corner of your screen.

  1. Open a Chrome browser.
  2. Go to the Chrome extension.
  3. Click + Free.
  4. Click Add.
Get the classic Hangouts desktop app

Install the classic Hangouts desktop app on your ChromeOS or Windows computer to send messages, make video and phone calls, and share photos. Learn more.

  1. Open a Chrome browser on your ChromeOS or Windows computer.
  2. Go to the Hangouts app.
  3. Click + Free.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Set up classic Hangouts chat on your mobile devices

Now that you’ve set up Hangouts for your computer, download the Android or iOS app for your mobile devices so you can chat on the go!

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