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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gmail - problem with Hangout and filters

I've set up filter in Gmail to label all mails/chats/hangouts with my wife. Filter is quite simple: from:her-email-address@gmail.com set label "Wife" never send to spam But now every ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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How to record video with voice of Google+ hangout?

I’ll be doing a Hangout with 9 other people and I would like to record the whole thing, so others can see it later. How do I record a Google+ hangout session (both video and audio)?
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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 do I prevent Google Voice from ringing in Gmail?

I've got Gmail and Google Voice. My Google Voice is essentially an alias for my cell phone. Here's the problem though: if I happen to have Gmail open in a tab on my computer, and a call comes into my ...
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Prepaid credit for Google Hangouts

I have a Skype account that allows me to phone overseas telephone numbers at a local rate. Does Google Hangouts have a similar "prepaid" concept?
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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 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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Search for Public Google Plus Hangouts I can join

For a while now I can only see On Air Hangouts. I can't join those. How can I search in Google Plus for Public, "joinable" (not On Air) Hangouts?
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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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How do I invite a non Google+ member to a hangout?

When I try to invite a non Google+ member to a hangout it appears to send an email invite but the email never arrives. I have tried about 5 different emails that I have access to to test it out but no ...
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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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What is the single/alone URL for Hangouts chat?

I want to have the URL for Hangouts, in order to open it directly, similar to the one used for Google Contact. That is, I don't want the Hangouts to be a popup to the G+ site. Is such thing ...
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Google Hangout live button

Is there a way to add a button on my website to appear whenever I have a Google Hangout live? and to be linked to my hangout?
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Integrate a Google Hangout link in a calendar invite from a 3rd party site (not from Gmail)

In the site I manage, users can schedule meetings with one another and connect on Google Hangout, but they have to find each other on Google+ or send a calendar invite from Gmail with a hangout link. ...
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How to Integrate Google Hangout in my website?

Actually I'm trying to add API in my website where I can randomly assign two person for video chat. For this I want to use google talk or google hangout. But there is a problem that for this,they have ...
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Does IFTTT work with Google Hangouts?

The IFTTT site has a GTalk channel. Is that the same as Hangouts? In the GMail web page, we only have Hangouts, not chat.
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How do I hide the Hangouts panel on Google Plus?

On the Google+ website (plus.google.com), the Hangouts panel appears on the right hand side. I already have the Chrome Hangouts extension so I don't need it there at all.
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Google Hangouts can no longer be resized in Chrome on my desktop PC

A few weeks ago I was able to resize the Google Hangouts window, but now (and for the last couple of weeks) when I hover my cursor over the bottom or side of the Hangouts window it no longer changes ...
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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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What is the URL to start a Google Hangout Video Chat?

You can generate a button using JavaScript, as detailed here: https://developers.google.com/+/hangouts/button. But I'm looking for a way to get a direct URL to start a video chat. I know it's ...
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How can I get all my Gmail contacts to show up in my Hangouts phone list?

When I first installed Hangouts, the phone list was populated with what was then all of my Gmail contacts that had phone numbers assigned. Since then I've added a bunch of Gmail contacts but they ...
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Cannot find own outgoing Hangouts chat messages in history via Gmail search

I have failed to find any of my very own outgoing Hangouts chat messages in history via Gmail search, whereas the search finds any of Hangouts chat messages of another participant of the very same ...
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Is there a way to be notified when someone initially opens hangout session?

In the IT department testers are frequently waiting for developers to arrive into the office to answer questions. Is there any functionality in Hangout that will send message when person of interest ...
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Is it possible to tell the time spent on a particular Google video hangout?

Is it possible to generate a report saying on a particular day in a particular hangout, I have spent x minutes on a Google video hangout? What I would like to have is something like this: Person A's ...
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How to avoid timing out in a Google Hangout?

Google Hangouts automatically disconnect after 90 minutes or so unless you click a button saying you are still there. Is there a way to avoid this without having to click the button? (A setting ...
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Do Google Hangout broadcasts on youtube have a limited audience, and must the audience have Google Plus?

I'm looking for ways to broadcast my PhD defence online (one component with a presentation, sharing either a PDF, a window, or the screen), and one component with video. It is a public event: anyone ...
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How can I disconnect all my devices from Google Hangout and Google Talk at once?

I would like to disconnect all my devices such as computers, phones and tablets from Google Hangout and Google Talk at once. Is there any way to do so?