How to Get Started with Google Hangouts

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Google Hangouts can make meetings with large groups more convenient than ever. Regardless of what device everyone is on, you can chat and create a video call for up to 10 people. Synched with your Gmail account and Google Calendar, Google Hangouts is simple and easy to use. 
Use these steps to get started with using Hangouts:

On Your Phone

  1. You can download the Google Hangouts app from an iPhone or an Android device.
  2. Sign in through your Gmail account.
  3. Select the pencil icon on the top right corner to add people to your chat or video call.
  4. Enter in the email address of the people you wish to be added into your chat and then click Done1.PNG
  5. You can now chat, call or video call with the people you added regardless of what device they are using. Select Video to start a Google Hangout. 2.PNG
  6. Using the toolbar above on the Google Hangout, you can easily add people into your group chat as well. 3.png

Through Your Gmail Account

  1. Start a chat with anyone through your Gmail account on your computer. 44.png
  2. If you’re receiving a call, you will get a notification on the right hand side of the screen like show below. 4NewSectionGmail.png
  3. Once you accept or start the call, you have many options such as chatting, screen sharing, sharing pictures, and using effects. 5.png6.png

Google Calendar

You can also start or join a Google Hangout straight from your Google Calendar. Just select Join Video Call after clicking on the event and you will be directed to the Hangout. You must enable the video calling tool to allow this if you created the event. Join-Video-Call.png 

Hangouts on Air

You can also record a live video through Google Hangouts and easily post it on the web. Visit https://plus.google.com/hangouts/onair and select Create a Hangout on Air
You can then give the video a title and description and then select the audience for the Hangout. You can also choose whether you want to post it right away or have it posted on a later date or time. 9.pngHopefully this guide helped you find a new way to organize your business meetings and stay in touch with large groups of people. 
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