Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging How to Set Up a Google Hangout Through Your Web Browser Hangout with friends on Windows, Mac, or Linux by Nicholas Congleton Writer Nick Congleton has been a tech writer and blogger since 2015. His work has appeared in PCMech, Make Tech Easier, Infosec Institute, and others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Nicholas Congleton Updated on December 02, 2020 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email Google Hangouts is one of the most popular ways for teams to meet and speak online. Like most of the Google Suite, Hangouts is a web application, meaning there's no program to download or run locally; everything is done through your browser, and Chrome obviously works best. However, you also can download the app from your app store and just as easily create a Google Hangout. On mobile, the interface is almost identical to the desktop version, save for the green plus sign to add a new conversation, located in the bottom right of the screen. Here's how to get the app and set it up: In Chrome, select the three vertical dots in the top right corner. Mouse over More tools, then select Extensions. Select the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen, then select Open Chrome Web Store towards the bottom. Search for Google Hangouts in the Chrome Store. The first result will likely be the correct one. Select the app and then Add to Chrome. Chrome will ask you again to confirm you want to add Hangouts to your browser; select Add extension. Select your new Google Hangouts icon in Chrome to launch it, then select Sign In. Enter the login info for your Google account. This is a one-time process. After this, the Hangouts extension will remember your account and sign you in automatically. Once you've successfully signed in to your account, the extension will let you access your controls. There, you'll find your previous text conversations, if any, and you'll be able to start a new conversation or call. To start up a new Hangout, select New Conversation. On mobile, tap the green Plus (+). Under the new conversation tab, you'll find a list of people you've added to Hangouts. You can also start typing the name, email address, or phone number of the person you want to start a conversation with. To start a group conversation, select New group, then add the names, emails, or phone numbers of the people that you'd like to add to your group. Afterward, give your group a name, then select the checkmark to begin the hangout. Your new group will start up, and you can chat with all of the friends you invited to the chat. To change to a video call: On your computer, select the video camera icon at the top of the Hangouts window. On mobile, tap New video call, then tap the names of people you'd like to add. You can also manually enter their contact info. When you're ready, tap the green camera to begin the call. Google Hangouts preserves your conversations and groups, so you can keep coming back and adding to your chat. You can always start your video conversations back up, too. On mobile The interface is almost identical to the one in Chrome, save for the green plus sign to add a new conversation, located in the bottom right of the screen.