Hangouts On Air

Start an unlisted Hangout On Air

All Hangouts On Air are public by default when you start the broadcast. But if you don't want your Hangout On Air to be widely publicized, you can make the event unlisted. This means that people with the link can find and watch the video.

For an unlisted Hangout On Air, the event won't be publicly promoted on Google+. People also won't be able to search for the video on Google+ or YouTube. After the Hangout On Air, the recording will be marked as unlisted on YouTube.

Start an unlisted Hangout On Air

  1. Go to Hangouts On Air
  2. Click Start a Hangout On Air.
  3. Fill in the name and description for your broadcast.
  4. Choose to start Now or Later.
  5. In the “Audience” box, delete Public.
  6. Then type the names of the people or circles you want to invite to the Hangout On Air or click Add more people to browse from the list of names.
  7. Click Share. This will automatically share the link with only the people you chose to invite to the event.

Once you create an unlisted Hangout On Air, you can't change the event's sharing setting to public later and vice versa. But you can share the Hangout On Air with more people by clicking Invite more from the event page or directly sharing the event's or video's URL. 

Other people can still share your unlisted Hangout On Air

Everyone you invite to your Hangout On Air can also share the broadcast by sharing the Google+ event or the YouTube link.

Keep in mind that if someone else shares your unlisted Hangout On Air, your video could appear publicly on the Internet. For example, if you share your Hangout On Air video with your friends and they post it on their blogs, then everyone who sees the link can also watch the video.

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