Customize invitation settings for Hangouts on the computer

You can allow people to start a Hangout with you without sending you an invitation if they know your phone number, email address, or are in your Google+ circles. Or you can require people to send you an invitation first.

Tip: Verify your phone number so that people can use it to find and contact you in Hangouts.

  1. Open Hangouts in Gmail or Google+.
  2. At the top of the Hangouts list, click menu .
  3. Click Customize invite settings.
  4. Choose the recommended invitation settings or customize your settings.
Get notified about Hangouts requests
You can turn notifications on and off for new Hangout invitations.
  1. Open Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. Click menu at the top of the Hangouts list.
  3. Click Customize invite settings.
  4. Check the box next to "Get notified about Hangout requests."
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People who know your phone number, who know your email address, or who are in your Google+ circles can contact you directly.

Everyone else can send you invitations

Customized
You decide who can contact you directly, who must send an invitation first, and who can't contact you on Hangouts.
  • Can contact you directly: People can start a Hangout with you for the first time without sending you an invitation.
  • Can send you an invitation: People need to send you an invitation before starting a Hangout with you for the first time. To receive notifications for Hangouts invites, check the box next to "Get notified about Hangout requests."
  • Can't send invites: People can't start a Hangout with you or send you an invitation.

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