Get started with classic Hangouts

Use classic Hangouts to keep in touch with your family, friends, co-workers, and people in other organizations. Classic Hangouts conversations are automatically synced across devices, so you can start a conversation on your computer and continue on your mobile phone or tablet.

With classic Hangouts, you can:

Send messages Start a classic Hangouts conversation with just one person or have a group chat with up to 150 people.
Show your online status Display if you’re online and available. A status message tells others when you were last on classic Hangouts, or you can enter a custom status message.
Manage your message history Automatically save or discard individual conversations or all conversations.
Share photos, locations, 
and stickers
Share photos, locations, stickers, and emojis in conversations.

Install classic Hangouts on your devices

Install these apps to start or join conversations on all of your devices. 

Mobile devices To join conversations on the go, or resume a conversation you started on a different device, download the app for Android or iOS. On your mobile phone or tablet go to
Chrome browser toolbar To start a conversation from your Chrome toolbar without opening Gmail, open your Chrome browser and install the Chrome extension. To start a conversation, at the top right of your Chrome browser, click the classic Hangouts icon. New conversations appear at the bottom of your screen.
Hangout from your desktop To access classic Hangouts from your desktop:
  1. Open a Chrome browser on your ChromeOS or Windows computer.
  2. Go to the Hangouts app.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions. 

Start a classic Hangouts conversation

You can start a message with anyone in classic Hangouts as long as they have a Google Account. If you start a chat with someone who doesn't have a Google Account, an invitation is sent to their email address that asks them to join classic Hangouts. Conversations are automatically synced across devices, so you can start a conversation on your computer and continue on your mobile device.

  1. On your mobile device, open the classic Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom right, tap New conversation + .
  3. Choose the classic Hangout type:
1:1 message Tap New conversation to start a conversation with one person. 
Group message Tap New group to start a conversation with a group of people. 
  1. To send a message, type the name of the recipient, and select it from the search results.
  2. For group and text messages, tap done "" after you add all recipients. Type your message and touch "" to send.
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