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 that you may be using at the same time, such as your computer or mobile device.

When you sign in to Hangouts at, on Gmail, on Inbox by Gmail or with the Chrome extension on any computer, you'll automatically be signed in to Hangouts in all of these places. The same applies when you sign out. But you won't be signed in to or out of the Hangouts mobile app. For example, signing out of Hangouts at will also sign you out of Hangouts in Gmail and the Chrome extension. However, you won't be signed out of the Hangouts app on your Android, iPhone or iPad.

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'll need to use Chrome profiles or different browsers.

Sign in to Hangouts

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

Sign out of Hangouts

  1. Open Settings:
    • Click Menu > Settings.
    • Gmail: Click Menu  at the top of your Hangouts list.
  2. Select Sign out of Hangouts.

Note: 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.

Sign in to more than one account in 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 more than one account by using Chrome profiles to have several 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.

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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