Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video call service that is embedded in multiple Google web services and can be use as a web and mobile standalone app.

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Is there a way to join Google Hangouts without a Google+ account?

One of my friends insists that I should use Google Hangouts because it's so much better than Skype. I would like to give it a try, but I wouldn't like to create a Google+ profile for that. Is there ...
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How do I just show online people in Gmail Hangout (formerly Talk/chat)?

The new Google Hangouts in Gmail option seems interesting, and while it shows my most recent contacts, most of them aren't online (some never are because of the Google account they use). Can I sort ...
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How to link directly to a Google+ Hangout?

If I start a Google+ Hangout, is there anyway to send my friends a link directly to that Hangout post? I couldn't find any options. So I have to send people a link to my profile, and let them click ...
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Snail animation in Gmail chat

I resized the chat window, and this snail appeared (also with animation): Why did it appear? What's its significance?
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How to hide contacts from Hangouts within Gmail

I use Hangouts within Gmail, I do not use any other client. I would like to know if there is any way to remove or hide contacts from the Hangouts chat list. I don't want to block the contacts, but ...
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How do you disable the notification alert sounds in the new Google Hangouts?

I found the new Google Hangouts sounds annoying and they don't provide a way to disable them. The only thing you can do is disable notifications entirely, per contact even, not globally. How can you ...
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Is there a way to make phone calls from Gmail when the new hangouts is enabled?

Gmail currently provides free domestic calling for users in the US and Canada, directly in the Gmail interface. It uses the Google Video Chat plugin to allow voice calls to be made to regular phone ...
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In the new Google Hangouts, is there any way to change the emoticon set?

The new Google Hangouts replaced the normal Google Chat ASCII-ish emoticons with somewhat disturbed looking gumdrops. Is there any way to change this emoticon set, or even put it back to how it was ...
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“This Hangouts feature has not been enabled for your account. ”

Within Google app's I am unable to grant my users access to the Google Hangouts Chrome plugin. I have checked my global domain settings as well as my settings for a user. But still users are unable ...
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Always connected in Gmail Chat

I tried to set my status to invisible in Gmail Chat, but I got "Oops! You are not invisible because you're logged into Google Talk from another client, device, or location that doesn't support ...
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How does G+ hangout Screen sharing work?

I'm curious if it's using HTML5 or if there's a plugin/extension required to run it. Anyone have ideas on how this works, and if there's any known implementations of it outside of G+?
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Disable camera by default in Google Hangouts

Is there a way to set it so my camera does not come on by default immediately when I place a call? When I click a contact in the new Hangouts popup in Chrome or in Gmail, I have a button that says ...
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How many people can be on a Google Hangout?

The documentation says ten people can be in a Hangout but I'm hearing that Hangout video maxes out at six people. Which is correct?
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G+ Hangouts, is there any way to prevent the hall of mirrors effect when sharing the desktop?

In G+ hangouts, I'm often sharing my desktop. Sometimes when I do this I mute the other participants because I'm giving some kind of lecture, but I will check back to see what they're saying in chat ...
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Can I make the Google Hangout window full screen?

I had a Google Hangout with a friend today. There were 3 windows: one "big" with her, one small with me, one small with her. Even the "big" window was small, less that a quarter of my screen (at "...
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Automatically switch to the speaking user in Google+ Hangouts

In Google+ Hangouts, I see that by default the user who is speaking gets his/her picture in the main viewing pane, but clicking on another user's picture in the lower pane puts him/her in the main ...
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How do you auto-archive chat/hangout messages in Gmail?

I use hangouts on Android and on the desktop (browser extension) and these messages periodically appear in my Gmail inbox. So every day I'm having to manually archive all these hangout messages that ...
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How do I get a transcript of my Google hangout chat?

I ran a meeting on Google Hangout, and we took notes on chat. We all accidentally forgot to copy the chat text before all leaving. Can I somehow retrieve a transcript of the chat during the hangout?
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How to see Google Hangouts online status (away, busy, …)

How can I see the Google Hangouts online status (away, idle, busy, ...) of my friends? I can see the small green line but nothing else when the person is away.
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Create direct link to Google Hangouts chat

I need to create a link to open one particular Hangouts chat (not videocall). It is possible to open a chat in a separate window from the main Google+ page, but the URL of that window (something like ...
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Split screen in Google Hangout

I'm trying to create a Google Hangout during a speech where I have two cameras, one pointing at the speaker, and the other pointing at the audience. I would like it so that I could broadcast both ...
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How do I prevent strangers from showing up in my Google Hangout?

For the past couple of months, thousands of strange people have been appearing in my Google Hangout when I look for a contact to chat with. How can I disable that and just leave the people I have in ...
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How can I remove the background in the Hangouts?

https://hangouts.google.com/ puts some picture as background by default. How to remove it, i.e. leave a monocolor background? With photo: Without photo:
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Where does Google Hangouts save history?

Please forgive my ignorance.... I need to search a chat history. Google does not appear to allow us to search chat, so I'm trying to save it to disk so I can search it in a text editor. I opened a ...
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How do I permanently remove an application from Google Hangouts?

Our team was trying out Slack for a month and I added the Slack app to Google Hangouts, apparently. Now when I enter a hangout I see this sidebar: Since I stopped using Slack, I've tried removing ...
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How do you disable the popup notification in the Google Hangouts extension for Chrome?

Is there a way to disable just the popup that appears at the bottom right when receiving a message from someone, without disabling all notifications?
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How to join a public hangout?

Before, I could easily join public hangouts. But now, whenever I click on the play button it's opening a Youtube live stream.
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How do I get Google Hangouts to remember my audio settings?

I have a variety of audio devices attached to my computer in addition to the built in speakers and microphone. When I use Google hangouts, I have to go to the configuration settings every time to tell ...
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How can you change your status in Google Hangouts from Gmail?

Is there a way to change your status in Google Hangouts from within Gmail?
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Google Hangouts with fullscreen screenshare

We would like to use Google Hangouts for corporate multi-user communication, mainly for screensharing. The default setting does not support fullscreen mode, the only option is to resize the browser ...
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Google Hangouts chat - No notification occurs for incoming messages

My company uses Google Hangouts chat as an IM client. When there is a new incoming message in a Google Hangout multi-person chat that I have joined, neither the Windows taskbar icon for the Hangout ...
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Are there any WebRTC applications that can replace Google Hangout and Skype? [closed]

WebRTC support is now available in Firefox and Chrome. Are there any actual applications, most likely - websites, that use it in a way that could replace the functionality of Google Hangout and Skype? ...
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Adding a Google Hangout button to my site. When visitors click it, is there anyway for it to initiate a hangout with me?

Basically, I am adding a Google Hangout button to my Contact page. The idea is for my visitors to be able to press the button and for it to initiate a Google Hangout with me. Is this possible? Is ...
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How to remove (not block!) a contact from Google Hangouts?

My question is related to this one. So I have a person added to my Gmail contacts, with phone number and e-mail. Person's e-mail is on gmail.com. Every Gmail account is not just e-mail, but also is ...
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Google+ Hangout Video Call Chat History

Is it possible to recover the history of the chat window available during Google Hangouts video call? This is separate from the history of the chat client and is not accessible with the same method I ...
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How does the new “last seen” option of Google Hangouts work?

I've been using Google Hangouts via Gmail and I'm wondering how the new "last seen" option really works. I know that it is used to show your contacts when you were last using Hangouts but does that ...
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Google Talk shows idle symbol (orange circle) all the time

I recently updated from google-talk to google-hangout. In Hangouts there is no way to set the availability status (available, idle etc.), but my friends (that are still using Google Talk) claim that I’...
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How can I schedule a Google Hangout?

I used to be able to do it from hangouts.google.com but it looks like Google removed the feature from there. I don't think the feature is gone because I still have a working link from a Hangout I ...
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Google+ Hangouts Desktop notifications?

Is it possible to have Hangouts use desktop notifications much like GMail and the Stack Exchange chat? I have notifications enabled and GMail desktop notifications enabled, but not seeing such option ...
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Where went the Google Photos album “Hangouts”?

For some time you could see pictures someone sent you via Hangouts in an album called "Hangouts". This vanished somehow. When you open a picture from Hangouts on the Computer, you can still see in ...
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Is there a way to show the total number of individual messages sent in a Google Hangout?

I use Google Hangouts quite a ridiculous amount and I'd like to know if there's a way to show how many individual messages are sent between users in a Hangout conversation. Is this at all possible? ...
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How to make Google Hangouts open URLs in favorite browser?

TL;DR: How can you make Google Hangouts open URLs in your favorite browser instead of Chrome? Suppose someone sends you a message with an URL: When clicking that URL it'll spin up a Chrome window ...
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Google Slides not seeing meeting in calendar

Google Slides recently added the ability to present from an Android device to a Google Hangouts meeting. I have meetings scheduled in my primary Google Calendar. However, when I try to present to a ...
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Using secondary domain for Google Hangouts URL

My primary domain name is foobar.com. My secondary domain name is fizbaz.com. When I create links in Google Calendar to do a Hangout, the URL always includes foobar.com no matter what, but I'd like ...
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How do I text myself in Google Hangouts in Gmail

I am using Google Hangouts via Gmail on a desktop web browser, and I want to send a text message to myself. Is it possible? And if yes, how?
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How to see who is online with the new “Hangouts” in Gmail?

I just upgraded to from regular Google chat to the new Hangouts feature using this article, but one thing I can't figure out is how to see if people are online. In the regular Google chat there was a ...
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Back to Google Talk

Starting from today the Google Hangouts panel in my Gmail tells me that I should join Google+ to use Hangouts. Is there a way to revert the plugin to the old Google Talk plugin in Gmail? (Please note ...
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How do I hide some people in Google Hangouts?

All my hangouts are archived, yet Google Hangouts is deciding to show me some arbitrary list of people in there. How do I hide some of them? This list I can see in both gmail and g+.
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How to find the unique address of a Google Hangout group chat?

I have been added to a group chat in Google Hangout and I lost the "xxxx UID address" of the group chat. I am able to chat in group using Chrome / Firefox web hangouts, but I cannot chat using jitsi/...
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Google+ hangout Screensharing Resolution [duplicate]

Google+ hangouts are actually a reason to use Google+. The introduction of screen sharing, makes it that much more compelling to use it with work teams and small groups. Out of the box Google+ scales ...