Share photos and emoji to get more lively conversations, whether you’re talking with your significant other or trying to figure out what to do on your Friday night with the whole group of friends, Try and think of Hangouts as a remote group, real-life conversation.
You can also add photos and share how you’re feeling with emoji expressions and if your on WiFi all this including voice calls can be performed for FREE, without WiFi Your Carriers Data plan will be used to access the internet for this service which is still by far much cheaper than your carriers cost for these types of services, assuming they even offered them.
Inviting Your Friends or Family to a Hangout
To get started using Hangouts you will want to log into your Google + account first. You will need a free Google account for this service, such as the one you use for Gmail. Google+ is a social networking site that is designed for Google account holders to meetup and communicate easier with more expression and for larger groups of people or one on one.
The Next thing you will want to do is find the Hangout frame. The Hangouts are located on the right-hand side of the Google+ page. Here you will see a list of your recent Hangouts as well as recently emailed contacts.
Creating a New Hangout For Yourself
Click the “+ New Hangout” field at the top of the Hangouts list. The list will change to a list of your contacts and Google+ circles. Check the box next to any people that you want to add to the Hangout.
- Regardless of what platform you are using, clicking or tapping on a contact or existing Hangout will open a chat box. If the other person is not online, they will receive messages the next time they open a Hangouts client.
- You can also search for people and circles by typing the name, email address, or phone number you are searching for into the field at the top of the list.
Choose your Hangout format. You are given the option to start either a video or a text Hangout. You can turn a text chat into a video chat at any time.
Add emojis to your conversation. If you click or tap the smiley face on the left side of the chat field, you will open a list of emoticons and emoji that you can use. They are separated into categories which you can navigate by selecting the icons at the top of the emoticon screen.
Share pictures. You can add images to your Hangout by clicking the Camera icon on the right side of your chat field. This will open the Select Image window on a computer, or an option menu on mobile devices.
- You can use your webcam or phone’s camera to take photos and share them, or you can add photos other sources, such as your computer or phone’s memory.
Adjust your chat settings. If you are using a computer, click the Gear icon in the chat window to choose your archive settings. You can also block the person you are chatting with.
- If using a mobile device, press the menu button and select your options in the menu that appears.
Turn the chat into a video chat. Click the video camera button in the top of the chat box. The other person will receive a notification that you are attempting to start a video chat. You can video chat on both the computer and mobile devices.
- Video chats do not require that both users have a camera. You can video chat with a camera on one end and a microphone on the other, or just camera and text.
Open the Google+ website. In the bottom-right corner of the window will be a link to create a Hangout party. This is a group video chat for up to 10 people. A Hangout party lets everyone connect through video and text. You can share YouTube videos and collaborate on documents.
- Mobile users can join a Hangout party, though they will have limited access to extra features, such as YouTube videos and Google Docs integration.
Describe the gathering and invite people. Once you start the Hangout, you will be prompted to enter a description and add people to the invite list. The description you write will be sent in the invite.
- You can restrict the call to users 18 and over.
Start chatting. If your webcam is correctly configured, you can start chatting immediately. The bottom pane in the Hangout window shows all of the users connected to your Hangout. The right pane houses the text chat. If you don’t see the text chat, click the Chat icon on the left side of the window.
Capture images. If there’s something on display that you want to save and remember, click the Capture button in the left menu. A Camera icon will appear at the bottom of the window, and a picture of the screen will be taken when you click it.
Share YouTube videos. Click the YouTube button in the left menu to start the YouTube Hangout app. You can add videos to the Hangout playlist, and videos will be played for everyone simultaneously. Click the blue “Add videos to playlist” button to search for YouTube videos to add.
- Videos are played in the main Hangout pane. Anyone in the group can change the playback and skip videos.
- The microphone is muted during video playback. Click the green “Push to talk” button to say something during a video.
Display your screen. You can use Hangouts to share a display of your screen. Click the Screenshare button in the left menu. A new window will open with a list of all your open windows and programs. You can share a specific window, or you can share your entire display.
- This can be very useful if you are trying to troubleshoot a program with someone more experienced, or want to share something in another program with everyone in the chat.