Block or ignore someone

If you don't feel comfortable in a Hangout with someone, you can block them. When you block someone in Hangouts, the person or phone number will also be blocked in certain other Google products, including Google Voice, Google+ and Google Chat in Gmail.

If you block someone in Google+ or Google Chat, or block a phone number in Google Voice, the person or phone number will also be blocked in Hangouts. Unblocking the person or phone number in Hangouts will also unblock them in Google Voice, Google+, and Google Chat.

Block someone from within the Hangout window

  1. Open Hangouts at or in Gmail.
  2. Select the person from the Hangouts list to open the conversation.
  3. At the top right of the conversation, click Settings .
  4. Click Block user.
  5. Click Block.

Unblock someone

  1. Open Hangouts at or in Gmail.
  2. Open settings:
    • Click menu  > Settings
    • Gmail: At the top right of your Hangouts list, click menu .
  3. Select Blocked people.
  4. Click Unblock next to the person's name.

Things to keep in mind for blocking someone in Hangouts

  • If you're in a one-on-one Hangout, you'll no longer be able to send or receive messages from the person.
  • If you're in a group Hangout, you'll receive a notification that someone you've blocked is also in the Hangout and if you choose to open the Hangout you'll be able to see the person's messages.
  • If you're in a one-on-one Hangout, your Hangout will be archived.
  • If you try to join a video call with someone that you've blocked, you won't be allowed to enter. To join, you'll have to unblock the person first.
  • If someone you've blocked tries to join a video call you're in, they won't be allowed to join and they'll be notified that someone in the Hangout has blocked them.
  • All text messages, voicemails, and calls from a blocked phone number to your Google Voice number will be blocked in both Hangouts and Google Voice.

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