Everything you need to know about Google Hangouts

What is Google Hangouts?


With Google Hangouts, you can exchange chat messages or hold video meetings with multiple people across the globe at once. All you need is a computer, tablet, or phone that has a camera, speaker, and microphone. With G Suite, you can hold a video call with up to 25 participants at once (the 10 most active participants are shown at the bottom of the screen), or you can chat with up to 150 people.




How to set up a Google Hangouts account?


To create a Google hangout:
It's very easy to sign up for a Google Account. Follow our lead or official link.
Follow our lead:

  • Sign up for a gmail account : https://support.google.com/mail/answer/56256?hl=en
  • Log-in to your gmail account.

Official guide: Create a Google Hangout:
https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/3110347?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en




How to connect through a Google Hangout?


There are many different ways to start a group conversation using video calls and chats. Note: Before you start a Hangout, make sure that your computer meets the system and browser requirements. To view the various ways to set up a Hangout, visit this helpful site: https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/hangouts/get-started/#!/




How to participate in someone else's Google Hangout?


Joining a video call is easy, and there are many ways you can do it. Note: Sometimes people have trouble joining video calls because they’re signed in to a different account in their browsers. So make sure you’re signed in to the account your Hangouts invitations were sent to. To view the various ways to join a Hangout, visit this helpful site: https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/hangouts/get-started/#!/section-2




How to share my screen?


While you’re in a Hangout, whether you’re holding a meeting or conducting a class, you can share your screen with other people on the call. You can also add more people during the video call. Both of these can be done with one click.

  • Join or start a video call.
  • On the left side of the screen, click Screenshare (Green Arrow).
  • Select to share your whole screen, or just a browser window, and click Share.




How to add in specific people to my hangouts?


Once you’re in a chat or video call, you can easily invite other people to join.

  • At the top, click Invite people or click Invite more.
  • Share the permanent link via email or Google+, or enter email addresses to send people an invite from your email address.
  • Click Invite.
Note: You can also share the permanent link by clicking Link link at the top right. Paste the link into emails, chats, or somewhere else. To join a call, users will need to sign in to Hangouts. Anyone with the link will be able to join the call.




Google Hangouts Etiquette


  • When joining someone else’s hangout, mute yourself when you are not speaking.
  • Choose whether or not you’d like to have your video on during the hangout as well.
  • If you desire to mute yourself, or turn off the video stream from your device, click the microphone or the camera icons.




Are there any videos that may help me with Google Hangouts?


Follow the two links below and learn all you need to know about Google Hangouts. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us via form on our contact page! Google Hangouts – Collaboration opportunities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U0PFPcClMA&t=45s **This video was created for our previous event – ECGC. Video credit: Jaime Donally Resource: https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/hangouts/get-started/#!/section-3





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