Signing 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 more than one account through the same Hangouts application on your computer. If you want to change accounts or use different 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. However, you won't be signed out of the Hangouts app on your Android, iPhone or iPad.

Signing in to Hangouts

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

Signing out of Hangouts

  1. Click Menu  at the top of your Hangouts list.
  2. Select Sign out of Hangouts.
If you don't want to receive notifications about new messages or video call invitations for a certain period of time, turn on mute notifications.

Signing 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 log in to multiple 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 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.

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

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