Software & Apps Google Drive 86 86 people found this article helpful How to Use Google Hangouts on a Smartphone Make voice and video calls and send messages by Nadeem Unuth Freelance Contributor Nadeem Unuth is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who specializes in information and communication technology with a focus on VoIP. our editorial process LinkedIn Nadeem Unuth Updated on September 11, 2020 Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email The Google Hangouts mobile app, available for both iOS and Android smartphones and mobile devices, is easy to install and use for free voice and video calling and video conferencing. It's available for Windows and Mac desktop and laptop computers as well, so it synchronizes across all your devices. You can even use Hangouts for texting. What You Need For Google Hangouts Google Hangouts runs on all modern iOS and Android smartphones. Download the Hangouts app on Google Play Download the Hangouts app at the App Store You need an internet connection on your device. The video call feature requires a speed of at least 1Mbps for a one-to-one conversation. You can use a cellular connection as well but bear in mind that you can run up data charges if you don't have an unlimited data plan on your smartphone. Using the Hangouts App Once you've downloaded the app, log in to your Google account to use the app at any time without logging in again. Starting a Hangout is easy: Open the app and tap +. Select New Video Call to initiate a one-to-one or group video call, or New Conversation to start a chat. Select the contact(s) you want to invite to your Hangout. If you have your contacts sorted into groups, you can choose a group. About Google Hangouts Hangouts replaced Google Talk, integrating with Google Voice in an interface that's accessible from Gmail on computers and tablets, and through dedicated apps on smartphones. Unlike Apple's Messages app, Hangouts is platform-agnostic and is supported by just about any device. Fans of the smartphone app particularly appreciate its ability to provide voice and video calling free of charge. For these reasons, Google Hangouts is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among users who are already part of the Google ecosystem, with their contacts and email addresses already set up in Gmail. The app is also popular among businesses with remote teams and competes well against the likes of Slack. Companies that use G Suite — Google's premium package of productivity and collaboration tools, software, and products — now have access to two discrete Hangouts products, too: Hangouts Chat (for team messaging) and Hangouts Meet (for videoconferencing).