Hangouts On Air

Get started with Hangouts On Air

With Hangouts On Air, you can broadcast live discussions and performances to the world through your Google+ Home page and YouTube channel. You can also edit and share a copy of the broadcast.

Getting started

To start broadcasting Hangouts On Air, you need the following:


You won’t be able to broadcast a Hangouts On Air if any of these issues apply to your YouTube channel:

System requirements

Before you start broadcasting your Hangouts On Air, make sure you have the following equipment and software:

  • Your browser, operating system, processor and bandwidth must meet the system requirements.
  • Download and install the latest version of the Hangouts plugin.
  • Check that your webcam drivers are up to date and that your webcam is working.
  • Connect your headphones to your device. Headphones with a built-in microphone will dramatically improve your video-call experience.

Edit the broadcast

Once the broadcast is over, it’ll be posted to your YouTube channel as well as your Google+ homepage. From there you can edit it, and the edited version will be available to anyone you share it with.  

Learn more about the content you can and cannot play in a Hangout On Air by visiting the YouTube Copyright Center.