Sign in to or out of Hangouts

If you sign in to or out of Hangouts on one device, it won't automatically sign you in to or out of Hangouts on other devices. For example, if you're signed in on your computer, you aren't automatically signed in on the mobile app.

You can see your Hangouts in any of the following places:

  • hangouts.google.com
  • Gmail, or Inbox by Gmail
  • Google+
  • Google Contacts
  • Hangouts Chrome extension
  • Hangouts Chrome app

Sign in to Hangouts

  1. Open Hangouts at hangouts.google.com or in Gmail.
  2. Enter your Google account information.
  3. Click Sign in.

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

Sign out of Hangouts

Signing out of Hangouts in Gmail, Inbox, Contacts or Google+ won't sign you out of Hangouts at hangouts.google.com. If you want to show yourself as unavailable on Hangouts, close the window where you have hangouts.google.com open.

You can sign out of Hangouts by signing out of your Google account.

  1. Open Hangouts at hangouts.google.com.
  2. Click your profile photo in the top-right corner.
  3. Click Sign out.

If you are using Hangouts in Gmail, Inbox, Contacts or Google+, you can sign out of Hangouts without signing out of your Google account.

  1. Open Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. At the top of your Hangouts list, click Menu .
  3. Select Sign out of Hangouts.

Tip: If you don't want to sign out of Hangouts but would like to stop notifications temporarily, you can turn on Mute notifications.

Sign in to different accounts on Hangouts at the same time

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

Once you've set up Chrome profiles, install the Hangouts Chrome extension or the Chrome desktop app on each profile. You can then easily see your messages pop up on your desktop instead of them only being shown in your browser window.

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

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