Get started with classic Hangouts

Welcome to chat for classic Hangouts! 

Use classic Hangouts to keep in touch with your co-workers, and people in other organizations. Classic Hangouts conversations are synced automatically 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 with up to 150 people.
Make video calls Start a video call while chatting in the classic Hangouts mobile app, and even tap the back arrow to shrink the video and continue chatting.
Show your online status Display if you’re online and available, or not. A status message tells others when you were last seen on classic Hangouts, or you can enter a custom status message.
Manage your chat history Automatically save or discard all conversations, or you can choose to save or discard each individual conversation. 
Share photos, locations, 
and stickers
Share photos, locations, stickers, and emoji in conversations.

Install classic Hangouts on all your devices

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

Mobile devices To join conversations on the go, or resume a conversation that you started on a different device, download the app for Android or iOS (or go to on your mobile phone or tablet).
Chrome browser toolbar To start a conversation from your Chrome toolbar without opening Gmail, open your Chrome browser and install the Chrome extension. Click the classic Hangouts icon in the top right of your Chrome browser to start a conversation. New conversations will appear in the bottom of your screen.
Hangout from your desktop To access classic Hangouts from your computer’s 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 Hangout conversation

You can start a chat 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, asking them to join classic Hangouts. Chat conversations are synced automatically 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 + .
  3. Choose the classic Hangout type:
Chat 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. 
Text message Tap New SMS to send a text message to one or more people. 
Video call Tap New video call to start a video call with one or more 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, touch "" after you’ve add all recipients. Type your message and touch "" to send.
  3. To start a video call, type the name of each person you want to invite and select them from the search results, then touch "". Tap the back arrow to shrink the video and continue chatting.
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