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Questions tagged [google-hangouts]

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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Permanently block persistent/creepy “upload picture” panel in Gmail/Hangouts

Modern Gmail (this started in 2016-2017) has this extremely annoying nag where if you accidentally click your blank profile photo, it pops up a panel demanding you upload your photo that doesn't close....
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With the destruction of Album Archives, where will all of the photos from a Hangouts be stored?

I have received many notifications from Google saying that Album Archives and Google+ are going away as no one is really using them. In this case, where will all of the new photos from Google Hangouts ...
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Forthcoming Google Hangouts and Google Vault changes, the use of chat clients and searchability of chat history

The Setup My organization is a part of G Suite, and our main domain has the classic Hangouts enabled. We're using it combined with applications such as Trillian, Miranda, Pidgin, Adium and other chat ...
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How to remove contacts from my Google Hangouts?

Does hiding a contact remove the person from hangouts? I don't want these contacts to get my IP address. They seem like shady characters that I met on a fraudulent dating site.
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Ignore “joined the Hangout” notifications

I am in a Google Hangout conversation. All messages are interesting, so I enabled notifications. Unfortunately, many people join and leave (more than actual messages), and I receive a notification ...
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Google Hangouts: Invisible, “ghost” calls from unknown people

Once a week or so, I hear the Google Hangouts "Incoming Call" sound on my Windows 10 machine. I can't find anything to click on, to either accept or deny the call: In Google Chrome / Gmail tab-- ...
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Block or Ignore someone on Hangouts who only sends me group messages (spam)?

According to Hangouts Help: Block or ignore someone Users who don’t know you need to send an invitation to chat. To protect you, Hangouts filters spam invitations into a separate screen. If a ...
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How to remove contact from Hangouts? [duplicate]

I can't find anywhere an action to this. I need to remove the name of a dead person in my Hangouts contacts. I can only seem to Block or Hide a name. Does anyone know how to remove the name ...
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How to ensure that my Google Voice phone number is shown in caller ID when calling someone from Gmail using Google Voice

When I call someone using the "make a call" feature in Gmail, I have been told that the caller ID on the other end (in this case an iPhone SE using Verizon) displays "unknown caller". I'd like it to ...
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How to permanently adjust the Hangouts (Google Meet) audio & video call quality?

I am looking for a way to permanently reduce the audio and video quality of Google Hangouts (Meet) calls to save bandwidth but wasn't able to find the appropriate setting yet. Can someone help me?
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Removing Hangouts videos from Google Photos

When I want to upload a video to YouTube from Google Photos, all uploaded videos in a private Hangouts chat are listed. Is there a way to delete these Hangouts videos from Google Photos or completely ...
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I can open other co-workers Hangouts on my computer except for one. What can I do?

The person is sending me Hangouts messages that appear in part on my screen but I cannot open it to read the entire message, although I can open other people on Hangouts. I cannot see the Hangouts ...
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How can I complete disable Google Hangouts from all devices?

How can I complete disable Hangouts in my Google account? I want to close Hangouts, without disabling my entire Google account. I don't want anyone to be able to message me. If anyone tries to ...
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Dial a phone number or allow someone to dial into a scheduled Google Hangout?

I scheduled a Google Hangout from Google Calendar (under my personal Gmail account). I'd like to have a way for participants to join it by phone only - either them dialing in or me dialing out to them....
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How to share Google Hangouts message history on one conversation with a 3rd person

I have a conversation on Google Hangout with a colleague named Jim. Now I want to share the whole message history on that conversation with another colleague named Josh. How can I do that? I need Josh ...
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How do I stop the hangouts background image from downloading?

Whenever I open the hangouts website it loads a high-resolution background image, and it looks like this holds up the starting process for a couple of seconds. Is there a way to stop the image ...
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Google Hangouts - Contacts [duplicate]

A teacher wants to be able to have Google Hangouts with students. How many contacts can he have in Google Hangouts? Is the number 100 or 150 as individuals as the max number as I've seen indicated ...
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How do I pre-schedule a [non-confidential] recorded call using Google Hangout [on Air]?

I often want to record calls among a small number of participants, for posterity. It's often related to open projects, so I don't mind the small chance that a random person from the internet might ...
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How to add a Google Hangout button to my site. When visitors click it, is there any way for it to initiate a hangout with me without invite popup? [duplicate]

Basically, I am adding a Google Hangout button to my website header. The idea is for my visitors to be able to press the button and for it to initiate a Google Hangout call with me. How can I do this?
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Renaming contact on Google Hangout

How I can rename a contact on Google Hangouts? Some of my friends use more than one account and I'd like to renamed them for ease of use (recognition). If is it not supported, where I must submit ...
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How do I end the “ongoing call” in Google Hangouts?

I correspond with a person on a daily basis via Google Hangouts. I needed to do a screen share so I called the user for the first time and screen shared. This was great. Then I ended the call and ...
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Does moving around (physically) cause lag in videochat applications? [closed]

I've noticed that when I or my conversation partner moves around (physically)--gesticulating, or nodding, etc.--the videochat lags and sometimes even freezes. This happens whether it's Skype, Google ...
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How do I report spam/scam attempts in Hangouts?

I have kept the conversation open so this guy can be traced. He is using the persona of a topnotch COO of a very large reputable company in USA to "hire" people, hooking them via Freelancer.com. I ...
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YouTube Live (Quick or 'Hangouts on Air') not working

I can't get YouTube Live to work. It's October 2017, and I know Google is making big changes to Hangouts. I get one of a few different errors: Your domain admin has disabled hangouts on air. (No he ...
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Google Desktop Client for Text Messaging

I know someone who wants to receive and respond to text messages from their desktop and am unfamiliar with Google's exploding messaging options. Years ago I switched to Google Voice and I use ...
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How can I hide myself (appear offline) in Google Hangouts?

I don't want to be shown as Available (green) in Hangouts even if I am online, or chatting with someone. I don't people to know when I am available. Is it possible to always show myself as if I were ...
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How to send a Hangout message from Google Plus

Google Hangout used to be accessible from Google Plus, at least it's demonstrated on this video. Currently I only found ways to send an e-mail via Gmail. Is it possible now (2017) to click on a ...
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Since the transition from Google Chat to Hangouts, I don't see chat messages in Gmail. Can I restore those?

Since the transition at the end of June 2017, my previously displayed chat contacts in the desktop Gmail interface have not appeared. Now, I am presented with a large empty space that the contacts ...
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Gmail Hangouts contact card pops up at the wrong times

I am using the Hangouts pane in my email on mail.google.com. The issue is that whenever I mouse across the the list of contacts (say when I'm moving my mouse to my other monitor) the contact card ...
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How do I keep using the Google Talk Plugin after it's deprecated? [closed]

Google is deprecating the Google Talk Plugin which is the basis of the legacy soft phone in Gmail, and replacing it with a Hangouts based (HTML5) soft phone. Unfortunately the new phone is garbage (...
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Sending a message to a specific contact (my father) fails

My question contains various quotes. I will try to translate them from German (the language of my country Germany) to English. Sending a Hangouts message to my father fails. No matter if I try to ...
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How to connect with non-Gmail users on Hangouts?

I have been a die-hard user of the old Google chat, primarily because it let me add non-Gmail users to chat with them through the GChat interface. Unfortunately I've started seeing this banner: ...
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What exactly is the effect of “Archiving” a conversation in Google Hangouts?

Aside from the obvious (the line item for the conversation disappears from active chats and appears in the list of Archived Hangouts), what exactly are the effects of "Archiving" a conversation in ...
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How do I activate “dense roster” on Google Hangouts?

For some random reason, perhaps in another bid to gain user engagement, Gchat in Gmail is being suddenly replaced with Google Hangouts. It says that if I like it looking the way it is now, I'm ...
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Did Google Hangouts cease operating for free, as of late March 2017?

My uncle could always dial any North American telephone number gratis with Google Hangouts, while he was in Canada, US, and England. But suddenly starting from late March 2017, every time that he ...
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Hangouts full screen chat window

Is there a way I could use hangouts.google.com chat windows in a fullscreen mode? I mean, I use Messenger via messenger.com (full size) or Slack using the website slack.com (also full screen). When ...
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Workaround for Google Hangouts to load consistently in Firefox

Running Firefox (51.0.1), Google Hangouts will not load properly on about 60% of my attempts to load it. It will load the background image, the elements, but will not load the Conversations list: To ...
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How to mute everyone but myself on a Hangout?

My students have been asking for online tutoring sessions. At school, it is often done by other teachers, and all of them use the Facebook Live platform. It is generally well-received, but I don't ...
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What is the difference between an active today on Google Hangouts and an actual mins or hours online?

I noticed some of my friends will show the actual minutes/hours they were last seen active (for example: active 10 mins ago or 1 hr ago). But one friend will show last seen as Active today. I know ...
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How to report fake Google Hangouts account

Someone has created a fake Hangouts account using my son's first name and my last name. Neither my son nor I have a Hangouts account. My sister had gotten a message sent to her with a screenshot ...
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What audio output is “communication” referring to in Google Hangouts?

What audio output is "communication" referring to in Google Hangouts ? I don't have a playback device with that name: Communication tabs:
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Unable to resize the chat window from inside a tab

I am rather good with PC's (software, hardware, etc.) but this one has me stumped. The problem I have is that ever since the last two Firefox updates (I am now using 50.0 on Windows 7, 64-bit) I have ...
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How can I configure Google Hangouts so that I receive an email each time I receive a hangout invitation?

How can I configure Google Hangouts so that I receive an email each time I receive a hangout invitation? I see I've missed a bunch of them:
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Photos received through Hangouts

I can access the photographs that I sent through Hangouts album but what about the photos received from my friend through Hangouts? Where will this photo will be stored? Is it not possible to access ...
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Can you prevent being automatically added to gchat groups upon being invited?

I have been invited to a group chat that I don't want to be in. I left the group and then was re-invited. The invitations automatically bring me into the group, complete with pop-up notifications and ...
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What are the units used in the “last seen” message in Hangouts?

In Google Hangouts I sometimes see messages like this: last seen 1mo ago Does mo represent month here? And are there other "strange" units abbreviations used in Hangouts?
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Why Google Hangout has two extensions for Google Chrome?

There are two extensions by Hangout available on Google Chrome web store (ext1 & ext2). Both versions and app sizes are the same. Why have they got two extensions then?
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Where does the title of a phone number come from in Google hangouts?

Where does the title of a phone number come from in Google hangouts? E.g., calling the US passport services ((877) 487-2778) shows up as "San Diego Police Department", why? (free to try, it's a ...
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Gmail chat not working after power outage

There was a power outage here earlier today that lasted long enough to shut my computer off. (I never thought I'd be asking a question about a power outage on this site, but here we are.) When I ...
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Migrate Hangouts contacts to new Google account

I have created a new Google account that I would like to use as my primary account in the future, and I'm trying to migrate as much as I can to the new account. However, I'm running into a little ...