Sign in to or out of Hangouts in Gmail or Google+

When you sign in to Hangouts from Gmail, Google+, Inbox by Gmail, or the Chrome extension on any computer, you're automatically signed in to Hangouts in all of these places. The same applies when you sign out.

You can't sign in to multiple accounts through the same Hangouts application on your computer. If you want to change accounts or use multiple accounts at the same time, you need to use Chrome profiles  or multiple browsers.

When you sign in to or out of Hangouts on your computer, it won't affect your account on the Hangouts mobile app. You must sign in to or out of each Hangouts mobile app separately. For example, signing out of Hangouts in Gmail, will also sign you out of Hangouts in Google+ and the Chrome extension. But you won't sign out of the Hangouts app on your Android, iPhone, or iPad.

Sign in to Hangouts

  1. Open Hangouts in Gmail or Google+.
    • Gmail: Click on the Hangouts icon   in the bottom-left corner of the Gmail window.
    • Google+: Click on the Hangouts icon  in the top-right corner of the Google+ window.
  2. Enter your Google account information.
  3. Click Sign in.

Sign out of Hangouts

  1. Click menu  at the top of your Hangouts list.
  2. Select Sign out of Hangouts.

Note: If you dont want to receive notifications about new messages or video call invites for a certain period of time, turn on mute notifications.

Sign in to multiple accounts on Hangouts at the same time

You can't sign in to multiple accounts from one Hangouts application on your computer at the same time. But you can log in to multiple accounts by using Chrome profiles to have multiple instances of the Hangouts app open at the same time.

Once you set up Chrome profiles, install the Hangouts extension or the Chrome desktop app on each profile. Then you can easily see your messages pop up on your desktop instead of showing only in your browser window.

But if you don't want to install the extension, you can switch between Hangouts accounts by switching between the Chrome profiles that are on separate browser windows.

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