Start a Hangout from the Android app

You can send and receive messages, call people, and make video calls with one person or with a group of people. So, whether you're sending a message to your friend or having a video call with your family, Hangouts makes keeping in touch easy!

Start a Hangout:

  1. Touch compose icon  at the top right of your Hangouts list.
  2. Select a contact for your Hangout by typing the person's name, email address, or phone number in the search box. You can also select one of your contacts from the lists below the search box.
  3. You can start a Hangout in a few ways:

    1. Send a message: Type your message and touch the send icon  Hangouts Android send .
    2. Make a video call: You also can make a video call to that person by touching the video call icon   .
    3. Start a phone call: 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 USD 1 cent per minute depending on the specific phone number. The 1-cent rate may vary depending on the local currency. Calls to destinations outside of the U.S. are at low rates, but calling isn’t available to all locations.

Start a group Hangout: 

  1. Touch the compose icon   .
  2. Select a contact for your Hangout by typing the person's name, email address, or phone number in the search box. You can also select one of your contacts from the lists below the search box.
  3. Touch Anyone else? in the contact box at the top of the Hangout.
  4. Select one or more people to add to the Hangout.
  5. Touch OK.
  6. Type the message you'd like to send, and touch the send icon Hangouts Android send .

Hangouts basics in 1 min.

You can turn on video captions in your language. Play the video, and click the "CC" button. Then select your language from the settings gear.

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