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Use the Hangouts Chrome extension

On your computer, you can use the Hangouts Chrome extension to send messages, make video and phone calls, or share photos.

Important: The Hangouts Chrome app isn't available anymore. If you had the Hangouts Chrome app, switch to the Hangouts Chrome extension.

Download or switch to the Hangouts Chrome extension

  1. On your computer, download the Hangouts Chrome extension.
  2. Click Add to Chrome and then Add.
  3. The extension will automatically open.

If you have problems, visit the Chrome Web Store Help Center.

Open the Hangouts extension

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the Hangouts extension Hangouts extension.

Sign in and out

Sign in to multiple accounts

You can use Chrome profiles to sign in to multiple accounts and have more than one Hangouts extension open at the same time. Learn more about Chrome profiles.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Sign in to Chrome.
  3. Install the Chrome extension.
  4. At the top right, click the button with your name, email, or People People.
  5. Click Switch Person or Add Person. Learn more about sharing Chrome with other people or multiple accounts.
  6. Complete installing the Chrome extension.

Sign out

If you’re signed in to Hangouts on different devices, you’ll need to sign out everywhere.

  1. On your computer, open the Hangouts extension Hangouts extension or on your phone, the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menu.
  3. At the bottom, click Exit.

Start a conversation

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. To open the Hangouts Chrome extension, at the top right of your browser window, click the Hangouts extension Hangouts extension.
  3. At the top left, click New conversation.
  4. Type a name or email address. Click the name.
  5. Type your message. Then, on your keyboard, press Return or Enter.

Update the Hangouts extension

If you're not on the latest version of the Hangouts Chrome extension, update it to get the latest features and fix technical problems. The extension should automatically update. If you need to update the extension yourself, you can remove it and then add it back.

Important: Before you update the extension, you need to have the latest version of Chrome. At the top right, click More More. If the icon is green, orange, or red, update Google Chrome.

To update the Hangouts extension:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, right-click the Hangouts extension Hangouts extension.
  3. Click Remove from Chrome.
  4. Go to the Hangouts Chrome extension in the Chrome Web Store.
  5. Click Add to Chrome and then Add extension.
  6. The extension will automatically open.

Uninstall the Hangouts classic Chrome extension

  1. On your computer, go to Hangouts Chrome extension.
  2. At the top right, click Remove from Chrome.
  3. Click Remove

 

 
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