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How do I text myself in Google Hangouts in Gmail

You can achieve this by having a named group chat with no other members. Start a new conversation, choose New Group, and enter a name for the group. After typing a name, you can start the group ...
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Create direct link to Google Hangouts chat

As of April 2018, It actually is possible to create URL to link to a chat with a specific person. (But who knows when Google will break these given the ongoing incoherence of their messaging ...
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How can I remove the background in the Hangouts?

@Rubén's answer is correct, given the question, but I'd like to slightly improve it with a minor nit: .kFx1Ae-xdwExf-eb-m, .Id-qy-By { display:none; } The additional class, Id-qy-By, targets ...
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How do I activate "dense roster" on Google Hangouts?

You don't have to visit https://hangouts.google.com. "Use dense roster" is easily found within Gmail (left panel) by just clicking the little down arrow by your Icon/username in the chat/hangout area. ...
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Disable camera by default in Google Hangouts

You can install the Hangremote Chrome extension, that allows to start OFF/ON mic/cam by default. Simply turn on “No camera at start”. It also allows you to fully control remote Hangouts. Hangremote ...
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How do I end the "ongoing call" in Google Hangouts?

I just had the same issue. I joined a video call on both my android phone and my PC (using Chrome with the hangouts extension), and when everyone left the call I hit the red button on the phone and ...
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Is there a way to record Google Meet live captions

Unfortunately, there's no built-in feature that records Google Meet captions automatically. Once the captions are no longer on screen, they're effectively gone. There are numerous browser extensions ...
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3 votes

Create direct link to Google Hangouts chat

The easiest way I know of right now to find Gaia ID is actually to go to get.google.com/albumarchive and the 21 numbers that reveal itself once you go to Album Archive will be your own and you can use ...
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Create direct link to Google Hangouts chat

As stated before by @Dan Leski you'll need to know that person's Gaia ID (an internal ID used by Google). I have added a detailed answer to an existing stackoverflow question in which I describe ...
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Why Google Hangout has two extensions for Google Chrome?

Only Google can say for sure, but it seems to me that it is likely there were two different extensions originally, and they've been able to merge the codebases. Perhaps one had been originally for ...
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Why Google Hangout has two extensions for Google Chrome?

The first one is an extension, but the second one is an application (The reviews tab says "Rate this extension" or "Rate this application"). Extensions can appear in the extension bar. Apps can ...
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What are the units used in the "last seen" message in Hangouts?

"mo" is a standard 2-character abbreviation for "month". It doesn't seem strange to me. You also don't list what other "strange" abbreviations you're seeing, but here's some you might see: yr year ...
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Forthcoming Google Hangouts and Google Vault changes, the use of chat clients and searchability of chat history

will we still be able to use the chat clients (Trillian, Miranda, Pidgin, Adium, etc) like we're doing right now? Yes, unless Hangouts (or its future) will be shut down for good. The article did not ...
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How do I report scammers on Google Hangouts?

click on 3 lines or 3 dots: click on Settings or Help & Feedback: click on Feedback or Send Feedback: include all your issues, evidence, etc. and send it: also note that you can Hide or Block ...
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Is there a way to record Google Meet live captions

Yes, but not using Meet and the natural language processing it provides directly. Even if you record a meeting, captions are not recorded and don't appear when you play the recording. What you can do ...
David Neuhaus's user avatar
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Is there a way to record Google Meet live captions

Personally, I don't think getting the captions from the Google Meet web app would not be too hard. It's just about setting up a JS MutationObserver to observe changes being made to the captions <...
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How to link directly to a Google+ Hangout?

Hangouts has now been updated to include link sharing - a URL can be generated through which users can join. To use it on Android or iOS, you'll need version 11 or higher.
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How many people can be on a Google Hangout?

The new video calls limit for Google Apps for Work (Work, Gov and Edu) is now 25. "Hold video calls with up to 25 participants." See the following article under "Google Apps editions" https://support....
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How do I get my old Google Chat back in the Gmail web app?

As of 2017-Jun-26, the old Gchat is completely removed from Gmail. You are now forced to use Hangouts. https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2017/03/updates-in-g-suite-to-streamline-hangouts-and-gmail....
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How do I prevent Google Voice from ringing in Gmail?

Go to Gmail and sign out of Hangouts. It's on the left hand side of the screen.
Stan Lam's user avatar
2 votes

Where went the Google Photos album "Hangouts"?

Update for 2020 - I still could not find anyway to get all shared images. I made a small python script that downloads everything from chat history. You can check it out in GitHub
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2 votes

Deleting a person from Google Hangouts without 'Blocking' or 'Hiding'

I don't think there is an option to delete someone from Hangouts without blocking or hiding. To remove someone without blocking you have to hide that particular contact. In order to remove a person ...
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How can I remove the background in the Hangouts?

2018 Update. Finally, there is actually an extension. If you are using Google Chrome, you can use the Google Hangouts Editor extension.
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How to prevent visits to Hangouts on school-issued Chromebook?

The school district uses GoGuardian for their filtering. They refused to set up a special set of rules for a subset of students. I ended up putting a second layer of filtering on top of the district'...
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Can you prevent being automatically added to gchat groups upon being invited?

I know that this question is old, but for people who come here searching for answers, you need to: For in Browser: 1) Open Hangouts and navigate to settings by clicking the down arrow next to your ...
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How to mute everyone but myself on a Hangout?

This is not possible on the regular hangouts platform. It can have at max 15 participants. (25 if your school has Google Apps for Education) Hangouts on air, however, will also only allow 15 (25 if ...
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2 votes

How to connect with non-Gmail users on Hangouts?

Yes, You can chat with non-Gmail user but the condition is this that they are using: Google's G Suite for Business and they are not related to any other provider like yahoo, hotmail they can be ...
Mayank Patel's user avatar
2 votes

Sending a message to a specific contact (my father) fails

I have not been able to send Hangout a message to my father, because he has blocked my Google Account at Google Hangout. He has accidentally discovered that he has blocked my Google Account. Today he ...
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Sending a message to a specific contact (my father) fails

The OP commented that this situation turned out to be a case of the recipient using Hangouts’s “block user” feature. Many messaging websites will fail to deliver messages to other users with ...
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How do I keep using the Google Talk Plugin after it's deprecated?

I'm afraid you can't. Google Talk is completely dead.
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