Starting June 26, 2017, Google has switched from Google Chat to Google Hangouts

Tip: If you like the look of Google Talk, try the "dense roster" setting in Hangouts. This can be found by clicking on your name on the left side of Gmail, scrolling to the bottom, then check "Use dense roster" under "General".

Get messages

You can control who can send you messages.

When you select your Hangout window:

  • The message will be marked as read. This means that the message will no longer appear as bold and your profile image shows up under the last message sent in the conversation.
  • If you close or minimize your Hangout window, your profile photo will not appear.  
  • People can also see the type of device you use and if you’re online.

Start a group conversation

You can use Hangouts to talk with more than one person at the same time.

  • Conversations can include up to 150 people.
  • Video calls can include up to 10 people.

Everyone who wants to join a group conversation must use Hangouts.

  1. Go to or open Hangouts in Gmail.
  2. Click New conversation Addand then New group.

  3. Enter or select the names, phone numbers, or email addresses of people you want to add.
  4. To start a group conversation or video call, click Message or Video call.

Make a phone call

If you use Hangouts to make a phone call with a Google Voice account, it will show your Google Voice number.

  1. On your computer, go to Hangouts at or in Gmail.
  2. Click the Call tab Call.
    • In the search box, type a phone number or name. To enter an international country code, click the menu or type it into the search box (for example, +55 for Brazil).
    • Click the phone number or person's name that you want to call.
    • To enter an extension, click the Dialpad Dialpad.
  3. To end a call, close the Hangout window, or click End call End call. The call will also end if you run out of calling credit.

Start a video call

  1. Open or on the sidebar in Gmail.
  2. Select a person from the Hangouts list or search for their name or email address. When you find the person you want, click their name. You can also check multiple people to start a group video call. 
  3. Click Video call Video call.
  4. When you're done, click End call Call end icon.

See your call history

  1. On your computer, go to Hangouts at or in Gmail.
  2. Click the Phone tab Call.
  3. Click New conversation and then Add credit Add.
  4. Your call history will show up in Google Voice.

Buy calling credit

You can buy calling credit on the the calling credit page.