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Get started with Hangouts

Hangouts basics in 1 min.

You can use Hangouts to send messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos.

Hangouts are synced automatically across devices, so you can start a Hangout on your computer and continue on another device, like your phone.

What you can do with Hangouts

What you'll need to get started on Hangouts

  • A Google Account
  • Access your computer's mic and camera
    • Internet Explorer, Firefox & Safari browsers: Download and install the latest version of the Hangouts plugin.

Open Hangouts on your computer

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