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,
|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 google.com/hangouts.|
|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:
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.
- On your mobile device, open the classic Hangouts app .
- At the bottom right, tap New conversation + .
- 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.|
- To send a message, type the name of the recipient, and select it from the search results.
- For group and text messages, tap done after you add all recipients. Type your message and touch to send.