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Change Hangouts settings on iPhones and iPads

You can change Hangouts settings like your status, notifications, or setting your profile picture.

You can also create default settings for all Hangouts, specific Hangouts, or for specific people or groups.

Change your general Hangouts app settings

You can change the general settings for the app, like notifications and when you were last seen online.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings Settings.
  4. Choose the setting you want to change or view:
Google Account profile photo & name

To change your profile photo, tap your Google Account and then Settings Settings and then Edit profile photo and then Change photo. Read more about changing your profile photo.

To change other profile settings, like your name, go to the About Me section of your Google Account.

Status

Your status will show on all devices you sign in to with your Hangouts account.

Choose any or all of the following things to share:

  • Share your status: Click the box and type a custom status message, like "in a meeting" or "on vacation." Your status will be visible to everyone you use Hangouts with.
  • Last seen: Tap the toggle button so it turns green to show your contacts when you were last using Hangouts. Even if you don't show when you were last seen, someone may still see that you're available if you open the conversation window, or have your device or in-call status turned on.
  • Device: Tap the toggle button so it turns green to show which device you're currently on.
Snooze notifications

If you don't want to be notified about new calls or new messages for a while, you can turn on snooze notifications. Snooze notifications can be helpful when you're unavailable to talk, like when you're in a meeting or while you're driving.

Turn on snooze notifications

Tap Snooze notifications, and choose to snooze notifications for 1, 2, 4, 8, 24, or 72 hours.

  • Notifications will be turned off across all your Hangouts apps, including Hangouts in Gmail, Google+, and the Chrome extension.
  • New messages and video call invitations will show in your Hangouts list.
  • You won't get video calls.
  • People who send you messages won't know that you have snooze notifications turned on, so they may assume you saw their message right away.

If you don't want to get notifications from  a certain person, open your existing Hangout conversation with them. At the top right, tap More More and then Mute.

Show preview

Show a preview of incoming Hangouts messages in the notification bar or on your lock screen. Previews are on by default.

  • Show preview: Tap the toggle button so it turns green. Hangouts notifications will show sender name and message text in the notification.
  • Don't show preview: Tap the toggle button so it turns white. Hangouts notifications will show sender name in the notification, but no message text.
Reply from notification

When you get a Hangouts message notification, you can tap Reply in the notification to send a quick message without interrupting your other apps.

  • Reply on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green.
  • Reply off: Tap the toggle button so it turns white.

To reply from notifications, the "Show preview" setting also needs to be turned on.

In-app sounds

You can't change the ringtone sound for a Hangouts chat or call notification, but you can turn the sound on or off.

  • Sounds on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green.
  • Sounds off: Tap the toggle button so it turns white.
In-app vibrate
  • Vibrate on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green.
  • Vibrate off: Tap the toggle button so it turns white.
Device settings
Tap Device settings to go to your iPhone or iPad settings for the app. The device settings control what the Hangouts app has access to, like contacts, photos, and cellular data.
Allow calls
Choose if you want to allow calls on Wi-Fi connections only, or on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. If you allow calls on cellular networks, you'll use your data plan and may be charged by your carrier. Using Wi-Fi won't charge your data plan.
Incoming call ring
  • Incoming call ring on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green.
  • Incoming call ring off: Tap the toggle button so it turns white.
Invitations

Select an option for how people with your phone number, people with your email address, people in your circles, and everyone else can contact you.

Tip: Verify your phone number so that people can use it to find and contact you in Hangouts.

  • Can contact you directly: People can start a Hangout with you for the first time without sending you an invitation.

  • Can send you an invitation: People need to send you an invitation before starting a Hangout with you for the first time. To get notifications for Hangouts invites, tap the toggle button next to "Invitation Notifications" so it turns green.

  • Can't send invites: People can't start a Hangout with you or send you an invitation.

Archived Hangouts
See a list of your archived Hangouts. This list includes Hangouts you've had but are no longer showing in your most recent Hangouts list.
Blocked people
See a list of all the people you've blocked.
Phone number

Verifying your phone number will let people who have the number also contact you through Hangouts.

  • Contacts who already have your phone number can find you and see information that you've made available (email, profile photo, and other contact info) through Google services, like Hangouts and caller ID by Google.
  • Your phone number won't be publicly shared automatically, unless you turn on sharing through Google+.

Incoming phone calls: To make Hangouts ring for your incoming Google Voice calls, touch the toggle button so it turns green. To prevent duplicate notifications, turn off forwarding phones in your Google Voice settings.

Messages: To show text messages and voicemails in Hangouts, tap the toggle button so it turns green.

Sync contacts

You can sync your iPhone or iPad contacts with the Hangouts app so you can see which of your contacts use Hangouts.

  • Sync on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green.
  • Sync off: Tap the toggle button so it turns white.

Make sure you've also let Hangouts access to your iPhone or iPad contacts through your device's settings. Go to Settings and then Privacy and then Contacts. Check to see that Hangouts is turned on.

Google Apps

Open links to Google services directly in a Google app, such as Google Maps, YouTube, or Google Drive.

Tap Google Apps. For each app listed, tap the toggle button so it turns green, and links will open in the app instead of your browser.

To turn off Google Apps, tap the toggle button so it turns white.  Links will open in your default browser.

Send feedback

Send feedback about Hangouts to Google. This can include comments, suggestions, or technical issues.

  1. Tap "Include system data" to share your device's information with Google. This is important to include if you're writing about a technical issue so that we have the information to solve the problem.
  2. Write your comment or describe your problem.
  3. Tap Send Send.

We'll read your feedback and respond only if we need more information.

Shake to send feedback

You can shake your device anytime during a Hangout to send feedback to Google about the app.

  • Shake on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green. 
  • Shake off: Tap the toggle button so it turns white.

Change settings for individual Hangouts

You can customize the settings for a Hangout with one person.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom, tap the Conversations tab .
  3. Open a conversation.
  4. At the top right, tap More More.
  5. Choose the setting you want to change or view:
Favorite

To mark as a favorite conversation, tap Favorite.

Adding someone as a favorite conversation lets you open the Hangout without searching for them next time. To view your favorite conversations, at the bottom, tap the Favorites tab Favorite.

Video

To start a video call, tap Video.

You can have a group video call with up to 9 other people.

Voice

To start a voice call, tap Voice.

You'll call their Hangouts account. Or, if the contact has a phone number connected with their Hangouts account, then you'll call their phone number.

Mute

To turn off notifications, tap Mute.

You can turn off notifications for new messages and video calls from someone. Your notifications will turn off on all your devices.

To get notifications again, tap Unmute.

Archive

To archive a conversation, tap Archive.

When you archive a Hangout, it won't show in your Hangouts list anymore. 

You can open an archived conversation by going to Menu Menu and then Settings and then Archived Hangouts. Tap to open a conversation, then unarchive by tapping More More and then Unarchive.

Hangout History

To turn history on, next to "Hangout history," tap the slider so it turns green.

To turn history off, next to "Hangout history," tap the slider so it turns white.

Your Hangout history is saved by default. If you use Google through your work or school, your domain administrator can change this default setting. Messages sent while the Hangout history is turned on will be saved, even if history is later turned off for a later part of the conversation. 

Keep in mind that if someone you're chatting with is connected to the network with a different desktop chat client, it's possible that their software is keeping a separate copy of the history.

New group Hangout

You can make a new group Hangout, including your contact.

The new group Hangout will open a new conversation. The group members won't see the history of your one-on-one conversation.

  1. Tap New group Hangout.
  2. Type the names of the people you want to add, or tap them from the list.
  3. Tap Done Done. When you start a new group Hangout, this will start a new Hangout conversation window.
Delete Hangout

To delete a conversation, tap Delete Hangout.

You won't be able to restart or recover your Hangout after you delete it.

Block person

To stop someone from contacting you, tap Block person.

When you block someone, they can't contact you on Hangouts. You can also block people or report spam when you get a Hangout invite.

Change settings for group Hangouts

The settings you can change for group Hangouts are similar to the settings for individual Hangouts, except that you can't delete a Hangout.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom, tap the Conversations tab .
  3. Open a group conversation.
  4. At the top right, tap More More.
  5. Choose the setting you want to change or view:
Hangout name

To add or change the name of your group conversation, at the top, tap Name your Hangout.

You can change or remove the name at any time.

Favorite

To mark as a favorite conversation, tap Favorite.

Adding a group as a favorite conversation lets you open the Hangout without searching for them next time. To view your favorite conversations, at the bottom, tap the Favorites tab Favorite.

Video

To start a video call, tap Video.

You can have a group video call with up to 9 other people. If there are more than 9 people in your group Hangout, the video call will let in the first 9 who join.

Voice

To start a voice call, tap Voice.

You'll call all the participants in the group Hangout, using their Hangouts accounts.

Invite

You can add more people to the current group Hangout.

  1. Tap New group Hangout.
  2. Type the names of the people you want to add, or tap them from the list.
  3. Tap Done Done. Anyone you add can see all the previous messages in this Hangout.
Mute

To turn off notifications, tap Mute.

You can turn off notifications for new messages and video calls from someone. Your notifications will turn off on all your devices.

To get notifications again, tap Unmute.

Archive

To archive a conversation, tap Archive.

When you archive a Hangout, it won't show in your Hangouts list anymore. 

You can open an archived conversation by going to Menu Menu and then Settings and then Archived Hangouts. Tap to open a conversation, then unarchive by tapping More More and then Unarchive.

Joining by link

To let anyone with the invitation link join the group conversation, next to "Joining by link," tap the toggle button so it turns green. Tap Got it. Everyone in the group will see that you've turned on the group invite link.

Tap Share link. Share the link with anyone you want to add.

People in this conversation

See who's in this conversation.

To remove someone from the group, to the right of their name, tap More More and then Remove from group and then Remove. Only people who have started or have been directly added (by name, number, or email) to a group can remove others from the conversation. Learn more about removing people from a group.

To stop someone from contacting you, tap More More and then Block user. When you block someone, you won't get direct messages and notifications. The blocked person will still be in all group conversations with you. You can also block people or report spam when you get a Hangout invite.

Hangout history

To turn history on, next to "Hangout history," tap the slider so it turns green.

To turn history off, next to "Hangout history," tap the slider so it turns white.

Your Hangout history is saved by default. If you use Google through your work or school, your domain administrator can change this default setting. Messages sent while the Hangout history is turned on will be saved, even if history is later turned off for a later part of the conversation. 

Keep in mind that if someone you're chatting with is connected to the network with a different desktop chat client, it's possible that their software is keeping a separate copy of the history.

New Hangout with this group

To start a new group conversation with the same participants, tap New Hangout with this group.

The current conversation's history won't be copied to the new Hangout.

Leave Group

To leave the group Hangout, tap Leave Group.

When you leave the group Hangout, you'll no longer be notified of its messages.

Megan is a Hangouts expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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