9 Hidden Google Hangouts Easter Eggs

Make your chat a little more fun with these tricks

Hangouts' call history astronaut illustration on an iPhone X in someone's hand

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Google hides more than their share of Easter eggs in their software. Whether it's Google Maps or the search engine, you can always find a few. Hangouts is no different. If you enter the right text, you can get some seriously entertaining extras in your chat. What's even better, the people you chat with see most of them too.

Google Hangouts makes keeping in touch with friends and colleagues an easy task. Use these tips to take those conversations to the next level.

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Herds of Little Ponies

Little ponies in Google Hangouts

It looks like someone at Google is a My Little Pony fan. Type /ponies in a chat in Hangouts and an animated pony in the style of the popular cartoon trots across the bottom of the window. There are several different ponies, so entering the command multiple times displays a different one at random each time.

Then, as if one pony couldn't possibly be enough, type /ponystream to see a whole herd of ponies. Ponies pour in from both sides of the screen in a continuous stream, and they won't stop until you enter the command a second time.

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A Shy Dinosaur

Shy dinosaur in Google Hangouts

This one's a little odd. Type /shydino into a chat and a tiny house pops up at the bottom of the window. Then, a small dinosaur-looking-thing slides out from the side of the chat window and hides behind it. The dino stays there until you enter the command again.

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Send An Angry Mob Complete with Torches and Pitchforks

Tiny figures with pitchforks in Google Hangouts

Did the person you're chatting with say something particularly frustrating or annoying? Type /pitchforks to really get across how much you disagree. An animated angry crowd with torches and pitchforks emerges from the side of the window and charges across as if they just got a hot tip that Frankenstein's monster was spotted on the other side.

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Add a Little Color

Hangouts Bikeshed

Tired of the bland off-white chat window? Type /bikeshed to change the background color of the window at random. Enter the command as many times as you like to get new ones. This command changes the background for the people you're chatting with too, so you can really confuse someone who isn't aware of it.

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The Konami Code

Hangouts Konami Code

If you were a gamer in the 90s, you know exactly what this one is. The Konami code was a popular button combination that would unlock any number of hidden things in games made by Konami. In the years since, the Konami code has been a popular inclusion for Easter eggs among programmers, Google included.

Enter the Konami code in Hangouts using the arrow keys on the keyboard and press Enter to change the background of the chat window into a nice landscape scene.

The Konami code is:

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A
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Get Creative With Your Text

ASCII and other emoji text in Google Hangouts

Before the fully illustrated emojis of today, there were simple ASCII ones, like :). Emojis have become more complicated over the years, with well-known examples like the shrug and table flip.

Google clearly understood the value in not needing to type or copy-and-paste these emoji every time, so they included many of them as commands. They even added a few using graphical emojis as well.

Here's a sample of the emjoi commands:

  • /tableflip
  • /facepalm
  • /shruggie
  • /dealwithit
  • /success
  • /happy
  • /shame
  • /puppyparty
  • /lit
  • /flowerbeam
  • /wizard
  • V.v.V
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Your Chat Needs More Corgis

Cute little corgi in Google Hangouts

Corgis are awesome, and they're pretty great in Google Hangouts too. Type /corgis to see an animated corgi stroll across the bottom of the screen. The person you're chatting with will see your little canine friend as well, so this one is a nice way to send a little surprise.

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Roll For It

Rolling dice in Google Hangouts

Some of the programmers at Google like Dungeons & Dragons, and because of them, you can roll a twenty-sided die in a Hangouts chat. In reality, you can roll just about any type or combination of dice.

Start by trying a regular six-sided one. Type /roll into the chat. A message opens for both you and the people you're chatting with that lets everyone know that you rolled and what the result was.

You can get more creative with it too. Use /roll3d6 to simulate rolling three six-sided dice. Just like before, you'll see the result in chat.

To roll a twenty-sided dice, type /roll1d20. It'll work just like you'd expect. This does get kind of weird at a point, though. It looks like Google didn't really restrict things to real or physically possible types of dice. Roll /roll1d3. It still works.

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...You

Nick is the one talking from /me command

This one might not be useful when talking with one other person unless you like referring to yourself in the third person. Type /me in the chat to display your name in chat. When you're chatting with a group, it can be easy to lose track of who is saying what, using /me helps people know, at a glance, when you're the one talking.

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Classic/Removed Easter Eggs

Get Started With Google Hangouts

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For one reason or another, it appears Google removed a few classic Easter eggs from the latest builds of Hangouts. These were small animations that would play when two exclamation points were included at the end of certain text. They were fun, but it's pretty easy to see how some people could abuse them, making for one super annoying situation. That's probably the motivation behind Google removing them. Hopefully, though, the option to use them returns.

Entering Happy Birthday!!, Happy New Year!!, Happy Easter!!, woot!!, or LMAO!!, among several others, would play a short animation related to the event. Most of the animations featured cartoon animals tooting horns and confetti falling.