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Start a group conversation

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

  • Conversations can include up to 150 people.
  • Video calls can include up to 10 people.

Everyone who wants to join a group conversation must use Hangouts.

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom, tap Add Add and then New conversation and then New group.

  3. Enter and select the names, phone numbers, or email addresses of people in your group.

  4. Tap Done Done.

Add or remove people

Add people to the conversation

Send an invitation link

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More More and then People.
  4. Tap Joining by link. Everyone in the group will see that you've turned on joining by link.
  5. To add people by sharing a link, tap Share link. Anyone in the group can share the link. Anyone can join the group using the link.
    1. When they join, everyone in the group will see that the person has joined.
    2. They will also be able to see the conversation history.
  6. To turn off, tap Joining by link. If someone turns it back on, all previously shared links will work again.

Add someone by name, number, or email

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

Remove people from a conversation

You can only 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. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More More and then People.
  4. Tap the person’s name and then Remove from group.  
  5. To confirm, tap Remove.

When you remove someone:

  • They will be immediately removed from the group.
  • Everyone in the group will see that you removed the person.
  • You can reinvite them by name, 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. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. Select a group conversation or start a new one.
  3. At the top, tap More More and then Options and then Conversation name.
  4. Enter a name for your conversation. Everyone in the group can see the name.
  5. Tap Save.
See who is in your group conversation
  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More More and then People.
  4. Everyone under "People in this conversation," is in the group. Anyone on the list can see who else is in the group.
Leave a group conversation
  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. Select a group conversation.
  3. At the top, tap More More and then Options and thenLeave conversation and thenLeave.

When you leave a group conversation:

  • You won’t receive new messages or video calls.
  • You won’t see previous messages that were sent.
  • You won’t be able to rejoin the conversation unless someone invites you. After you rejoin, you’ll be able to see the conversation history, even messages sent after you left.
  • Messages you sent will still be visible to other people in the conversation.

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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