Hangouts On Air

Get started with Hangouts On Air

With Hangouts On Air, you can host and 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.

As a participant, you can join Hangouts On Air from your computer.

Host Hangouts On Air

To broadcast Hangouts On Air, you need the following:

Start or schedule Hangouts On Air

As a host of a Hangout On Air, you can choose when to start your broadcast and who can join it. 

Restrictions for broadcasting a Hangout On Air
You won't be able to broadcast Hangouts On Air if:
Check your system
Before you can broadcast Hangouts On Air:
  • Check that your browser, operating system, processor, and bandwidth 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

When the broadcast is over, it posts to your YouTube channel as well as your Google+ Home page. From there you can edit it, and the edited version will be available to anyone you share it with.

To learn more about content you can and can't play in Hangouts On Air, visit the YouTube copyright center.

Join Hangouts On Air

If you're invited to participate in a Hangout On Air, you can join the broadcast in a few different ways:

  • On mobile: From the Hangout On Air video call notification, click the video icon , or click the phone icon to answer with just a voice call.
  • On desktop: From the Hangout On Air video call notification, click Join video call.

Note: If the person inviting you to the Hangout On Air isn’t in your Google+ circles, the video call notification will be in your list of Hangouts invites. From your Hangouts window, click the menu , and then click Invites.