If you use Google Chat, visit the Google Chat Help Centre

Get started with classic Hangouts

You can use Hangouts to start a chat conversation.

Hangouts syncs automatically across devices. If you begin a Hangout on your computer, you can continue your chat on another device, like your phone.

Notes: 

  • In March 2017, we announced plans to evolve classic Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring teams together: Google Chat and Google Meet. Both Chat and Meet are available today for G Suite customers and will be made available for consumer users, too. We're fully committed to supporting classic Hangouts users until everyone has successfully migrated to Chat and Meet.
  • Classic Hangouts isn't available in China.
  • Your Family Link account can use Hangouts on Android but not on iPhones/iPads.

What you need to use Hangouts

  • An Internet or data connection.

System and browser requirements

Before you use Hangouts, check if your computer has these:

Operating systems that work with Hangouts

Hangouts works with the current version and 2 previous major releases of the operating systems listed below.

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

Web browsers that work with Hangouts

Hangouts works with the current version and one previous major release of the browsers listed below.

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox

Hangouts also works with Safari 13 and higher.

Use Hangouts

Hangouts can be used in:

Once you've choosen an app, learn how to sign in to Hangouts.

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