Hangouts On Air

Hangouts On Air common questions


How do I start a Hangout On Air?

  1. Visit
  2. Click Start a Hangout On Air.
  3. Give your broadcast a name and invite the people you want to join.
  4. Click Start Hangout On Air.
  5. Once everyone's joined and you're ready to go live, click Start broadcast at the top of the screen.
  6. Once you click Start broadcast, you're officially "On Air" and the public will be able to watch your live broadcast.

When does the broadcast start?

The broadcast starts when you click Start broadcast from within the Hangout On Air window.

You'll see the notification at the top of the window saying either "on air" or "off air" to indicate the status of your broadcast.

Can I use my own picture for the Home page post?

Currently, you can't use your own picture for the Home page post, but we're constantly adding new features, so please stay tuned.

How many people can join?

A Hangout On Air can have up to ten people at once. You can't reserve a seat for other users.

How long can I broadcast a Hangout On Air?

You can host a Hangout On Air for up to 8 hours, and the recording will be the same length as your broadcast.

Can I do a Hangout On Air from a +Page?

You can broadcast Hangouts On Air from your +page, if it is connected to its own YouTube channel.

What if someone joins and starts playing music or videos they do not own?

Users of Hangouts On Air may only broadcast content that they have the right to broadcast. If someone tries to stream copyrighted content without authorization, please block them, remove them from the broadcast by hovering over the person's thumbnail and clicking Eject or, close the Hangout. Learn more about copyright.

Can I kick someone out of my Hangout On Air?

Yes, you can force someone to leave your Hangout On Air by hovering over their video thumbnail and clicking Eject.
Can I reserve a seat for other users?
You can’t reserve a seat for other users.
What should I do if I’m having an issue with Hangouts On Air?
Please visit our Hangouts On Air section of the Hangouts forum for help from other users, Top Contributors, and Google Guides.

Invites and Viewership

How many people will be able to watch the broadcast?
Your broadcast will be viewable by the public once you click Start broadcast from within the Hangout On Air. The number of viewers watching your broadcast is displayed at the top of the video call window next to the “Embed” link.

How do I invite my friends before I broadcast?

You'll be prompted to invite your friends or circles before you enter the Hangout On Air. Please note that you can't invite the public to join a Hangout on Air but, you can open the broadcast for public viewing by clicking Start broadcast from within the Hangout On Air window.

How can I see what's being broadcasted?

You can see the broadcasting video by clicking the Home page post. Please note that when clicking on the post you should mute your audio to avoid hearing an echo.

What can I do if no one can see my broadcast?

Make sure that you've selected Start broadcast to allow the public to view the Hangout On Air. If you don't see the live player in your Home page, then the public can't see it either. If this is the case, exit the Hangout On Air and restart the broadcast. Make sure that you click Start broadcast from within the Hangout On Air window.

What will appear in the Home page post?

When you invite people to join, a post will appear on their Home page telling them that there's a Hangout On Air going on, along with a list of the people who have already joined. People that you invite will have the option to join the Hangout On Air. If they don’t join, they won’t be able to watch it until you start broadcasting.

When you post publicly, people will see who's in the Hangout On Air and will have the option to watch it from the Home page.

Can I share the URL of the Hangout On Air?

You can share the URL of a Hangout On Air, and whoever you share it with will be able to join the Hangout On Air even if you didn't explicitly invite them.

After the Hangout On Air

What happens to the video after the broadcast ends?

The recording will be available on your Home page. You'll also be able to edit the recording when the Hangout On Air is over which will automatically update your post (and the video URL) to show the edited version.

When you're ready, visit your YouTube Video Manager to edit your video.

How can I edit or download my video?

To make changes to your video, try YouTube's video editor.

For videos longer than two hours, you'll need to download, edit, and then upload the videos again to your YouTube channel. Learn more about how to download your video.

Terms of Service and availability

Where can I find the terms of service?

Please take a look at the Hangouts On Air terms of service along with YouTube's terms of service.

Do people have to accept any terms when joining a Hangout On Air?

When you join a Hangout On Air, you'll see a message asking you to accept the Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy. You'll also see a message saying that the Hangout On Air you're joining can be broadcast and recorded.