With Google Hangouts, a large group of people can be connected despite distance and different types of hardware.
A Hangouts session can consist of chatting, audio calls, live video, or a blend of all these options.
Video Hangouts calls can be shared by up to 25 people, while as many as 150 participants can come together for a text-based meeting.
To start a Hangouts session with a group of people from your computer, follow these steps.
How to start a Google Hangout
1. Go to https://hangouts.google.com on your Mac or PC.
2. Click on the Contacts icon at the left side of your screen.
3. Click "New conversation," then click "New group."
4. Add each contact you want included, then click the checkmark icon to create the group.
You will now have a text Hangouts window created. At the top of that window is a camera icon which can be used to initiate a video call with the group.
During a Hangouts call, you can add new participants by sending an invite via the icon of a plus symbol (+) beside a person.
On mobile, you can start a Hangout by tapping the plus symbol in the green circle at the bottom right of the app, and then reach out to a single contact or create a group. The plus symbol person icon can also be used to add people to the session in real time when using the app.
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