Start a Hangout

Hangouts lets you send messages, emoji, photos, and start video calls with your friends and family. You can start a Hangout from Gmail, Google+, your Android or iOS device, or with the Chrome extension.

First time using Hangouts? Learn how to connect with your friends and family.

You can start a Hangout with anyone you’d like as long as the person has a Google Account.

Start a Hangout with someone  who has a Google account

If you start a Hangout with someone who uses Hangouts, Gmail, or Google+, they’ll receive a notification the next time they sign in. If you are not in a circle they have enabled for Hangouts, or if you haven’t used Google Chat or Talk with them before, they will get a  Hangouts request. 

Start a Hangout with someone who does not have a Google account

If you start a Hangout with someone who doesn’t have a Google account, an invitation will be sent to their email address asking them to get Hangouts.

Here's how you start a Hangout

  1. Select the people you want to have a Hangout with. Here are three ways to find people:
    • Find people by scrolling through your Hangouts list.
    • Click the + button at the top of your Hangouts list and type a name, email address, or phone number.
    • Search for a Google+ circle using the search box at the top of your Hangouts list.
  2. Click the grey check mark next to the person’s name or the circle.
  3. Repeat the first two steps to add additional people.
  4. Click the message button or the video call button .
You can also add people by typing a person’s name and then pressing Tab to select the person. Repeat this process until you’ve selected everyone you want to add and then press Enter.

If you have enabled the Hangouts Chrome extension, Hangouts started in Gmail or Google+ will open outside of the browser window.

And here's how to start a Hangout from your Google+ page.

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