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Google Chat will be replaced by Hangouts on 6/26. Learn how to use Hangouts.

Receiving a computer-to-computer voice or video call

You can receive Google+ Hangouts invitations and voice calls (from one computer to another) in Chat. Just download the Google voice and video call plug-in and sign in to Chat to get started.

If you don't have a Google+ account, you can start or join a limited Hangout, which only includes the option to have a Hangout with one other person. If you'd like access to all Hangouts features, including the ability to hang out with up to nine people, share your screen and use cool Hangouts apps, you can upgrade to a free Google+ account at

Whenever someone calls you in Chat, you'll hear a sound notification and a chat window will appear. To answer a voice call, click the Answer button in the chat window, or click Join Hangout to accept your hangout invitation. You can ignore the call by clicking the Ignore button.

If you miss your call, don't worry. The chat window will open with a message saying who attempted to call you.

Your contacts can still make calls to you even if you have a Busy status. You cannot opt out of taking voice or video calls while still receiving normal text chats.

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