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If you use meet.google.com for video calls, visit the Hangouts Meet Help Center.

Start a video call

You can connect with family, friends, or coworkers through face-to-face video calls. You can add up to 9  people in a Hangouts video call.

Start a video call

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom right, tap Compose .
  3. Tap New Video Call.
  4. Type and select the names of people you want to invite to your video call.
  5. Tap Video call .
  6. When you're done, tap End call Call end icon.

Other settings for video calls

Add people by name or email address

Anyone in a video call can add more people after the video call starts.

  1. In the video call window, tap the screen.
  2. At the top, tap More More and thenInvite and then Add people.
  3. Enter or select a name or email address. 
  4. Tap Video call . To join a video call, you need to sign in to your Google Account.

Turn off your camera or mute the microphone

  1. Tap the video call screen
  2. At the bottom, tap an icon to mute your microphone or turn off your camera.

Receive messages in the video call

When you receive messages in the video call, a chat icon will appear on the bottom left of your screen. Tap the icon to see the messages, tap again to close the chat. You can only see the message history while you’re in the call.

You can’t respond to a video call message on your phone, but you can respond to the message if you join the call on your computer instead.

 

Brenna is a Hangouts expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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