Change your video call settings
You can change your device settings for video calls.
- At the top right of your video call window, click Settings .
- Choose the setting you want to change or view:
Under "Camera," select your camera device.
If your camera is working, to the right of "Camera," you’ll see your video feed.
Under "Microphone," select your microphone device.
Under "Speakers," select your speakers.
To test your speakers, click Test.
You may want to decrease the quality of your video call if you experience any of the following:
- Poor network connection
- Low battery
- Limited data available
To change your bandwidth, at the top, click the "Bandwidth" tab.
- Up to 720p (HD): High definition (HD) video uses more data, but your camera will send a better quality picture.
- Up to 360p (SD): Standard definition (SD) video uses less data, but your camera will send a lower quality picture.
- Up to 720p (HD): High definition (HD) video uses more data, but you'll see a better quality picture.
- Up to 360p (SD): Standard definition (SD) video uses less data, but you'll see a lower quality picture.
- Up to 360p (SD) - no thumbnail video: To save more data, the other participants' thumbnails at the bottom will turn off.
- Audio Only: To use the least amount of data, you won't see any video.
Hangouts On Air audio settings
These settings only show if you're in a Hangout On Air.
Optimizes your audio for voice conversation. Best for most people.
Provides higher fidelity audio. Best for people performing music in a Hangout On Air.
- To get the Studio audio setting, download the latest Hangouts plugin.
- Studio mode is experimental. If certain mobile or desktop users join, you'll automatically be switched to normal audio mode while they are in the Hangout.