How to use Google Hangouts in Gmail/Android/Chrome – It’s All Features

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In this post, I will share a few Tips and Tricks to use Google Hangouts in Gmail. We’ll also discuss a couple of how to guides (i) how to use Google Hangouts on Android and/or iPhone, (ii) google hangouts conference call (iii) google hangouts extension (iv) google hangouts widget and (v) google hangouts screen sharing.

Initially, this post was focused on a tick to know about the people Who is Online from Android Device or iPhone Device from your Gmail Chat Box aka GTalk. In earlier 2017, Google has suspended the GTalk service completely and replaced GTalk with Hangouts. After that tricks were mentioned in this tutorial becomes irrelevant.

However, I have updated this post instead of deleting it with some features and functionality you can use directly from your Gmail Inbox, from your Android/iPhone or from your chrome browser.

How to use Google Hangout and Its All Features
How to use Google Hangout and Its All Features

Nowadays, Hangouts comes as default chat service with Gmail account. This chatting tool carries most of the good features of GTalk like, you can chat with people directly from your inbox. Now, you can also experience the Video and Audio Call feature from Google Hangouts.

Hangouts is loaded with few additional features like

  • Send messages to a chat contact while he or she is offline,
  • Set your status from Gmail or from your device,
  • Do a video call with your contact,
  • Do a Group Call Hangouts
  • Use Google Hangouts Conference Call Service (with G Suite).
  • Use Google Hangouts Screen Sharing

Here I am sharing some new cool features and options available with Google Hangouts.

Tips and Tricks to use Google Hangouts

#1. Use Google Hangouts in Gmail

Status options come with Hangouts by default

  • You can show when you were last active,
  • From which device you are currently active E.g. Mobile, Tablet or Desktop
  • You can also show that you are on a video or voice call from your device.

Settings to manage Hangouts notifications

  • Mute or turn off the notifications for a period of time E.g. 1 hour, 2 hour or 12 hours.
  • Turn ON or OFF sounds for incoming messages or
  • ON/OFF the Ring on incoming phone calls

Here is a default screenshot of Google Hangouts options in Gmail.

Tips and Tricks to use Google Hangouts - Settings
Tips and Tricks to use Google Hangouts – Settings

#2. How to use Google Hangouts in Android and iPhone

Apart from the features which can be accessed via Gmail, there are few certain things you can do with Hangouts on Android.

  • You can Snooze your notifications.
  • To make a Video Call via the android app, just tap on the plus button once, an option to make a New video call will appear.
  • Invite people to join you
  • You can also block a person directly from Hangout settings.
  • And see your hidden contacts if any.

#3.  How to use Hangouts Conference Call Service  – Google Hangouts Group Call

You can use Hangouts Conference Call Service, which is available with G Suite package as Hangouts Meet.

However, if you don’t have a G Suite package, you can use and Google Hangouts Group Call for video chat with your friends.

You can make a Hangouts Group Call via the Gmail/Android app/iPhone app or using the google hangouts extension for chrome.

just tap on the plus button once, an option to make a New video call will appear.

Steps to make Hangouts Group Call

  • Open Hangouts in Gmail/on Android or on iPhone
  • Start a new group with one or multiple people in your contact by selecting their names.
  • And than Start your Google Hangouts Group Call,
  • Add more people to this group whenever you like.
How to Use Google Hangout Group Call
How to Use Google Hangout Group Call
  • You can also use Google Hangouts Screen Sharing option to share your device screen with the group call members.
How to use Google Hangouts Screen Sharing
How to use Google Hangouts Screen Sharing

#4. Google Hangouts Extension for Chrome

There is a Chrome Extension for Hangouts available for free on Chrome store.  You can install this extension and use Hangouts as a native app of Google Chrome.

This native app created by Google Hangouts Extension is quite awesome and comes with all the features, which are available in the Android app.

Google Hangout Extension for Chrome
Google Hangout Extension

Nowadays most of us are using Gmail and Hangouts on mobile devices. And many times we wonder whether a friend is online on a computer or he or she is online from a mobile device.

You can easily find this out from the Hangout Box. If somebody is online from a personal computer, it will show colored bullet points or video cam icon as shown previously in Google Chat.

From here you can download Hangouts Official App for Android and iPhone

Hope you find these Tips and Tricks to use  Hangouts helpful. Do let us know if you know about any other trick/feature I have not mentioned.

If you have any query regarding this guide please post your query in the comment section below.

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7 thoughts on “How to use Google Hangouts in Gmail/Android/Chrome – It’s All Features”

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  3. Avatar of Solidworks

    Thanks so much for the blog post. Awesome.

  4. Avatar of Sick

    Is there a way to find out if hangouts user is online even if the option “Show when you were last active” is unchecked?

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