Classic Hangouts is being replaced by Google Chat. If you use Google Chat, visit the Google Chat help center.

Start a classic Hangout

You can send and receive messages with one person or multiple people.

Important: If you use Google Chat and not classic Hangouts, visit send a Google Chat message to a person or group.


Start a conversation

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Hangouts app Hangouts.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Add Add question.
  3. Type and select a person's name.
  4. Enter your message. You can also add emojis, photos, or a sticker.
  5. Tap Send Send.

Get messages

You can control who can send you messages. Learn how to change your invite settings.

When you select your Hangout window:

  • The message will be marked as read. This means that the message will no longer appear as bold and your profile image shows up under the last message sent in the conversation.
  • If you close or minimize your Hangout window, your profile photo will not appear.  
  • People can also see the type of device you use and if you’re online. Learn how to change these settings.
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