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Change your status and profile photo

You can change your Google Account photo and set custom statuses in Hangouts.

Share what you're doing


You can share your current status on any device where you sign in with the same Hangouts account.

  1. On your computer, go to Hangouts at
  2. Click Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. In “Share your status,” type a message, like "in a meeting" or "on vacation."
  4. When you’re done, press Enter.
  5. Under the “Share your status” box, select what details you’d like other people to see,including which device you're using or when you last used Hangouts.

Change your profile photo

  1. Go to Hangouts at
  2. Click Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. In the top left of your settings, click the photo.
  4. Follow the instructions to add or update the photo.
  5. Click Set as profile photo.

Tip: Hangouts uses your Google Account's profile photo. Changes made in Hangouts are made to your account as well.


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