Google Hangouts

hangoutUCSC staff, faculty, and students are quickly discovering the enormous benefits of using Google+ Hangouts to communicate with each other, either for those short 30-60 minute conversations to those 2-3 hour meetings. For those of you not familiar with "Hanging Out" yet, here's a little run down of Google Hangouts and how to get started. 

Hangouts is a free video conferencing tool that is part of Google+ and the suite of UCSC Google Apps services. You can use Hangouts in Google+ or as part of the Video Call feature in Google Calendar and in Gmail Chat. 

  • With Google Hangouts you can video conference with up to 10 other people and chat face-to-face using a computer, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  • You can host a virtual meeting. Google Hangouts allow you to share screens and collaborate on Google Docs in real-time, right within the Hangout.
  • Google Hangouts can be recorded as a video and archived for distribution to others with Hangouts On Air through YouTube.
  • Learn More About Hangouts

How to Start a Hangout

Hangouts lets you send messages, photos, and video conference with anyone with a Google account. You can start a Hangout from Gmail, Calendar, Google+, your Android or iOS device, or with the Chrome extension.


Get Help

Google Hangouts is a self-supported service and a Google Consumer App. The best resource for support is the Google Help Center, which contains official Google support documentation for all Google services.