Start a group conversation

You can use classic Hangouts to talk with more than one person at the same time.

Start a video call in a group message

  1. Go to hangouts.google.com or open the app from the sidebar in Gmail.
  2. Select a group to call from the Hangouts list or create a new group. 
  3. In the top left of the group message window, click Video call .
    • Hangouts automatically adds a Meet link to your message. Click Send  to share it and invite the group to the Google Meet video call. 

Add people by name or email address

Anyone in a video call can add more people after the call starts. Everyone invited to join the video call must have a Google Account.

  1. In the video call window, click the screen.
  2. On the top, click Add people  
  3. Type the name or email address of the person you want to add.
  4. Click Invite.

Share a link to add people

  1. In the video call window, click the screen.
  2. On the top, click Add people and then Copy link to share Link.
  3. To invite people to the call, click the link to copy it. Then, paste the link into emails, chats, or somewhere else. Anyone with the link is able to join the call once they sign in.

Remove people from a conversation

You can remove someone from a group if you:

  • Started the group
  • Were added by name, phone number, or email address.

When someone is removed from a group, they won't be able to see past or future messages in the conversation.

  1. Go to hangouts.google.com or open Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. Click People People.
  4. Find the person you want to remove. On their name, click Remove Remove.
  5. They will be immediately removed from the group. Everyone in the group will see that you removed the person.
  6. To add someone back into a group, add them by name, phone number, or email. People who’ve been removed from a group won't be able to rejoin using a link.

Other options

Name your group conversation
  1. Go to hangouts.google.com or open Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top of the chat box, click Settings Settings.
  4. In "Hangout Name,” enter a name.
  5. Click Ok. Everyone in the conversation can see the name of the group.
See who is in your group conversation
  1. Go to hangouts.google.com or open Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. Click People People.
  4. You'll see a list of the people in the group conversation. Everyone in the group can see who else is in the group.
Leave a group conversation
  1. Go to hangouts.google.com or open Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. Select the group conversation that you want to leave.
  3. At the top right of the chat box, click Settings Settings.
  4. Click Leave conversation and then Leave.
  5. To rejoin, someone must invite you to the group. After you rejoin, you’ll be able to see the conversation history, even messages sent after you left.

When you leave a group conversation, a few things will happen:

  • You won’t receive new messages or video calls.
  • You won’t see previous messages that were sent.
  • Other people in the conversation can still see previous messages that were sent, including messages you sent.

To close the window without leaving the group, click Close Close.

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