How to Set up and Use Google Hangouts on Desktop or Mobile

Google Hangouts is a communication platform that allows you to chat, make voice and video calls, and share photos and videos. Here’s how to set up and use Google Hangouts on desktop or mobile:

Setting up Google Hangouts on Desktop:

  1. Go to the Google Hangouts website ( and sign in with your Google account.
  2. On the Google Hangouts page, click the “Download Hangouts” button to install the Hangouts Chrome extension.
  3. After installation, the Hangouts icon will appear on your browser’s toolbar.
  4. Click the Hangouts icon to open the app and start using it.

Setting up Google Hangouts on Mobile:

  1. Download the Google Hangouts app from the App Store (for iPhone) or the Google Play Store (for Android).
  2. Open the app and sign in with your Google account.
  3. Allow the app to access your contacts, microphone, and camera if prompted.

Using Google Hangouts on Desktop or Mobile:

  1. Start a conversation: To start a new conversation, click the “New Conversation” button and select the contact you want to chat with.
  2. Make a voice or video call: To make a voice or video call, click the phone or video camera icon in the upper right corner of the conversation.
  3. Share photos or videos: To share photos or videos, click the camera icon in the conversation, select the files you want to share, and click the “Send” button.
  4. Group chat: You can also create a group chat by selecting multiple contacts and clicking the “Start a group chat” button.

Note: Google Hangouts works best when using the Google Chrome browser on desktop, and the Hangouts app on mobile.