Change Hangouts settings on iOS devices

You can change Hangouts settings like your status, notifications, or blocking specific people.

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

General Hangouts app settings

You can change the general settings for the app, like sounds for notifications, what status you share, or temporarily turning off notifications.

  1. On your iOS device, open the Hangouts app.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu .
  3. Tap Settings .
  4. Choose the setting you want to change or view:
Google profile

To change your profile photo, tap your Google Account > Settings  > Edit profile photo > 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 click the conversation window, 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 Options Options > 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
  • 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 iOS 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 iOS device's 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 iOS device's contacts through your device's settings. Go to Settings > Privacy > 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 .

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.

Individual Hangout

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

  1. On your iOS device, open the Hangouts app .
  2. Go to your conversations list.
  3. Open a Hangout conversation.
  4. At the top right, tap Options Options.
  5. Choose the setting you want to change or view:
Favorite
Add someone as a favorite contact to start a Hangout without searching for them next time. To see a list of your favorites, go to the bottom of the Hangouts app screen, and tap Favorites .
Voice
Start a voice call. You call someone's Hangouts account. Or, if the contact has a phone number connected with their Hangouts account, then you can call their phone number.
Video
Start a video call. You can have a group video call with up to 9 other people.
Mute
Turn off notifications for new messages and video calls from someone. Your notifications will turn off on all your devices. To start getting notifications again, tap Unmute .
Archive

Tap Details > Archive.

When you archive a Hangout, it won't show in your Hangouts list anymore. But you can see the conversation by going to Menu Hangouts Android menu icon > Settings  > Archived Hangouts.

Hangout History

Tap Details and find "Hangout History."

  • History on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green.
  • History off: Tap the toggle button 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 the person 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

Tap Details > New group Hangout to turn your Hangout into a group Hangout.

  1. Tap the names of the people you want to add from the list.
  2. Tap Done . When you start a new group Hangout, this will start a new Hangout conversation window.
Delete Hangout
Tap Details > Delete Hangout. You won't be able to restart or recover your Hangout after you delete it.
Block person
Tap Details > Block person. When you block someone, they can't contact you on Hangouts. You can also block people or spam when you get a Hangout invite or report abuse for spamming.

Group Hangout

Group Hangouts have the same settings as individual Hangouts, except that you can't delete the Hangout or block someone.

  1. On your iOS device, open the Hangouts app .
  2. Go to your conversations list.
  3. Open a group conversation.
  4. At the top right, tap Options Options.
  5. Choose the setting you want to change or view:
Favorite
Add a group Hangout as a favorite conversation to open the Hangout without searching for it next time. To see a list of your favorites, go to the bottom of the Hangouts app screen, and tap Favorites .
Voice
Start a voice call. You can call all the participants in the group Hangout, using their Hangouts accounts.
Invite

Add more people to the current Hangout. 

  1. Tap the names of the people you want to add from the list.
  2. Tap Done . Anyone you add can see all the previous messages in this Hangout.
Video
Start a video call. You can have a group video call with up to 9 other people.
Mute
Turn off notifications for new messages and video calls from someone. Your notifications will turn off on all your devices. To start getting notifications again, tap Unmute .
Hangout name
Tap Details > Name your Hangout. You can change or remove the name at any time.
Archive

Tap Details > Archive.

When you archive a Hangout, it won't show in your Hangouts list anymore. But you can see the conversation by going to Menu Hangouts Android menu icon > Settings  > Archived Hangouts.

Hangout History

Tap Details and find "Hangout History."

  • History on: Tap the toggle button so it turns green.
  • History off: Tap the toggle button 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 the person 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
Create a new Hangout with the same set of participants. The current Hangout's history won't be copied to the new Hangout.
Leave Group
Leave the group Hangout. When you leave the group Hangout, you'll no longer be notified of its messages.

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