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Google Chat will be replaced by Hangouts on June 26, 2017. Learn how to use Hangouts.

Technical requirements

Voice and video chat

To use Google's voice and video chat feature, your computer and the other person's computer should meet the following requirements:

Operating Systems

  • Chrome
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • Ubuntu and other Debian based Linux distributions
  • Fedora and other RPM-based Linux distributions


We only support the current and previous major releases of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, we’ll begin supporting that version and stop supporting the third-oldest version. Learn more about supported browsers for G Suite in the Gmail blog post.

Processor Minimum Requirements:

  • Any 2 GHz dual core processor or greater.


  • For 1:1 connections, we suggest a 1 mbps/1 mbps (up/down)
  • For group video connectivity, we suggest 1 mbps/2 mbps (up/down)

In addition, you need to have a broadband connection to the Internet.

If you're using voice and video chat over a corporate network, your network administrator should ensure that it has ports 80 and 443 open. For the best voice and video quality, we also strongly recommend allowing UDP over any port.

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