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Start a group conversation

You can use classic Hangouts to message multiple people at the same time.

Start a group conversation

  1. Go to hangouts.google.com or open classic Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. Click New conversation Add to playlist  and then New group .
  3. Enter the names or email addresses of the people you want to add.
  4. At the top right, tap Done .

Optional: Name your group. 

Start a video call in a group message

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. Select a group to call from the Hangouts list or create a new group. 
  3. At the top left of the group message window, tap Video call .
    • Hangouts automatically adds a Google Meet link to your message. Click Send  to share it with a group and invite them to the video call.

Add or remove people

Add people to a conversation

When someone is added to a group, they can access past messages in the conversation.

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More options More and then People.
  4. Tap Add people 
  5. Enter and select a name or email address. 
  6. Tap Done .

Remove people from a conversation

You can only remove someone from a group if you:

  • Started the group
  • Were added by name 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. Open the Hangouts app Hangouts.
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More options  and then People.
  4. Tap the person’s nameand then Remove from group.
  5. To confirm, tap Remove.

When you remove someone:

  • They’re immediately removed from the group.
  • Everyone in the group is notified you removed the person.
  • You can invite them again by name or email. People removed from a group won't be able to use a link to rejoin.

Other options

Name your group conversation
  1. Open the Hangouts app Hangouts.
  2. Select a group conversation or start a new one.
  3. At the top, tap More options  and then Options and then Name your group.
  4. Enter a name for your conversation. Everyone in the group is notified of the name.
  5. Tap Save.

Tip: If you use classic Hangouts with a work or school account, you can send a link to people in your organization to invite them to join a specific group conversation. At the top of a group conversation, tap More options  and then Options. Check the box next to "Joining by link." To invite someone in your organization to your group conversation, send the link to that person.

Find out who’s in your group conversation
  1. Open the Hangouts app Hangouts.
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More options  and then People.
  4. Everyone under "People in this conversation," is in the group. Anyone on the list can find out  who else is in the group.
Leave a group conversation
  1. Open the Hangouts app Hangouts.
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More options  and then Options and then Leave Group and thenLeave.

When you leave a group conversation:

  • You won’t receive new messages or video calls.
  • You won’t get previously sent messages.
  • You won’t be able to rejoin the conversation unless someone invites you. After you rejoin, you can access conversation history, even messages sent after you left.
  • Messages you sent are visible to others in the conversation.

 

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