Top Google Hangouts Features You Probably Don’t Know

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Google Hangouts has been the major chat app in Google browsers and applications for the past few years, even though most people didn’t realize it.

This is however set to change as this instant messaging app now comes preinstalled in the latest Android 5.x Lollipop devices. This is a trend is expected to continue even when the new Android M is released to the public in the next few months. Just like other instant messaging apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber work, and so does Google Hangouts. Whether it’s sending a voice, video, text or photo message or making free voice and video calls; this application has some of the best features that will ensure your experience is a living memory.

Creating a Google Hangouts account

Google Hangouts is a very easy to setup application. The only thing you need is to create a Google or Gmail account. Once you have this account, download and install the latest version of Hangouts from the Google Play Store and enter your email address and password to log in. These details will be saved, and you won’t be asked to provide them now and then.

The app also allows users to register their phone numbers. However, this aspect is optional. But in case you go ahead and decide to register your phone number, you will be able to contact other users who have also registered their phone numbers on Hangouts app.

You can send free messages to any person who has installed the app, and you have their Google account ID. It is also possible to make free voice and video calls as well as share location using the app’s smart features.

Sharing of Location

Google Hangouts has updated its app with smart location sharing features. These features make the process of sharing location on Hangouts better and smarter. For instance, if your friend sends you a message asking “Where are you?” the app will recognize these phrases and quickly jump into offering you smart suggestions, where you can include your location in the reply. This has made this process extremely easy, faster and much smarter.

Compatibility

Google Hangouts is one of the most highly compatible instant messaging apps of today. This app works on almost any device that can access the Google web browser. Hangouts can be installed on mobile phones and tablets running on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, among others. Furthermore, this app has no known issues when it comes to compatibility with Windows, Mac and Linux PCs.

If you have multiple devices, you can still use the same account on all of them. All conversations and activities will be reflected on each signed in the device at the same time as it happens on whatever device in use.

Video conferencing

Google Hangouts is perhaps one of the best when it comes to holding online video conferences. This app allows users to add up to 9 people, and the best part of this deal is that it is free. In case you want to plan any trip with friends or maybe talk up with your team members on details of a project you are working on, Google Hangouts is a very convenient option. Simply start with one user in the video call and then add other people by tapping on the “Add people” icon.

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