Hangouts system requirements

To use Hangouts your computer must meet the following requirements:

Supported browsers and operating systems

Hangouts supports the current version and the 2 previous major releases of the browsers listed below on a rolling basis.

Hangouts supports the current version and the 2 previous major releases of the operating systems listed below on a rolling basis. 

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows
  • Chrome
  • Ubuntu and other Debian based Linux distributions

Specifications for sending and receiving messages

  • You can have a group Hangout with up to 100 people. 

Requirements and specifications for video calls

There are a few specifications and limitations of video calls that you should be aware of:

  • Video calls can have a maximum of 10 participants.
  • There's a 150 minute check-in to make sure you're still there.
  • You need to have a broadband connection to the Internet.
If you have a Google Apps for Business or Google Apps for EDU, you may be able to have a video call with up to 15 participants. Learn more

Processor Minimum Requirements:

  • Any 2 GHz dual core processor or greater.

Bandwidth

  • For 1:1 connections we suggest a 1 mbps/1 mbps (up/down)
  • For group video connectivity we suggest 1 mbps/2 mbps (up/down)
More details about bandwidth

The bandwidth used by Hangouts is adaptive and will vary to provide the best experience for the given conditions of the participants’ network. Here is a guide for the minimum and maximum bandwidth requirements and expectations:

Minimum bandwidth required:

  • Outbound from the participant: 256 kbps
  • Inbound to the participant: 512 kbps

Ideal bandwidth for the best experience:

  • Outbound from the participant: 1 mbps
  • Inbound to the participant: 2.5 mbps

With group video calls of more than 2 people you can expect bandwidth usage in ideal situations to be:

  • Outbound from the participant in all situations: 900kbps
  • Inbound to the participant with 5 participants: 2mbps
  • Inbound to the participant with 10 participants: 3mbps