Start a Hangout

With Hangouts, you can send and receive messages and make video calls with one person or with a group of people.

Start a Hangout

  1. On your Android device, open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom right, touch the compose icon .
  3. Choose the Hangout type:
Chat message
  1. Touch New conversation.
  2. Type the person's name, and select them from the search results.
  3. Type your message and touch the send icon .

To add photos, videos, your location, or a sticker, touch the icon.

  • Emoji : Include an emoji to show how you're feeling. Press the send icon .
  • Photo : Send one or more photos from your device. Press the send icon .
  • Camera : Take a photo or a video up to 10 seconds long. Press the send icon .
  • Sticker : Send a sticker to show how you're feeling. The message will send automatically after you add the sticker.
  • Location : Add your current location or another location on the map. The message will send automatically after you add the location.

Send a message to multiple people

  1. Touch New group.
  2. For each person in your group, type their name and select them from the search results.
  3. Touch the create conversation icon .
  4. Type your message and touch the send icon .
Text message (SMS)
  1. Touch New SMS.
  2. Type the person's name or phone number, and select them from the search results.
  3. Touch the create conversation icon .
  4. Type your message and touch the send icon .

To add photos, videos, your location, or a sticker, touch the icon. The message will send automatically after you add the attachment.

  • Emoji : Include an emoji to show how you're feeling. Press the send icon .
  • Photo : Send one or more photos from your device. Press the send icon .
  • Camera : Take a photo or a video up to 10 seconds long. Press the send icon .
  • Sticker : Send a sticker to show how you're feeling. The message will send automatically after you add the sticker.
  • Location : Add your current location or another location on the map. The message will send automatically after you add the location.
Video call
  1. Touch New video call.
  2. For each person in your video call, type their name and select them from the search results.
  3. Touch the video call icon .
Phone call

Download the Hangouts dialer on your Android device. The Hangouts dialer turns on calling in the Hangouts app.

  1. On your Android device, open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top of your Hangouts list, touch the Dialer tab .
  3. Type the person's name or phone number, and select them from the search results. Or to dial a number, touch the dial pad icon Dial pad icon at the bottom of the screen. Then dial the phone number you'd like to call, and touch the phone icon .

Almost all calls to the U.S. and Canada are free from all countries where Hangouts calling is available. A few U.S. and Canadian destinations will cost 1 cent per minute (USD), or the listed rate for your local currency. Calls to destinations outside of the U.S. are at low rates, but calling isn't available to all locations.

Accessibility

If a screen reader is enabled on your device, start a Hangout by following these steps:

  1. On your Android device, open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top right, select the New Conversation button. Double-tap to open the options menu.
  3. Choose the Hangout type:
Chat message
  1. Select New conversation and double-tap to open.
  2. Type the person's name, and touch to select them from the search results. Double-tap to open a conversation.
  3. Type your message and left-swipe once to select the send icon . Double-tap to send.

To add photos, videos, your location, or a sticker, touch the icon.

  • Emoji : Include an emoji to show how you're feeling. Press the send icon .
  • Photo : Send one or more photos from your device. Press the send icon .
  • Camera : Take a photo or a video up to 10 seconds long. Press the send icon .
  • Sticker : Send a sticker to show how you're feeling. The message will send automatically after you add the sticker.
  • Location : Add your current location or another location on the map. The message will send automatically after you add the location.

Send a message to multiple people

  1. Select New group and double-tap to open.
  2. For each person in your group, type the person's name, and touch to select them from the search results. Double-tap to add them.
  3. When all people have been added, navigate to the Proceed to conversation button and double-tap to open a group conversation.
  4. Type your message and left-swipe once to select the send icon . Double-tap to send.
Video call
  1. Select Group video call and double-tap to open.
  2. For each person in your video call, type the person's name, and touch to select them from the search results. Double-tap to add them.
  3. When all people have been added, navigate to the Proceed to video call button and double-tap to open a video call.

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