google hangouts

Google Hangouts

You can use Hangouts to send messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos.

Hangouts are synced automatically across devices, so you can start a Hangout on your computer and continue on another device, like your phone.

Hangouts is automatically turned on in Gmail.

Hangouts in Gmail

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You can easily communicate with colleagues through Google Hangouts. You can make phone calls, have face-to-face video calls, and share photos. Group Hangouts also allow you to chat with up to 150 people.

How to get started with Hangouts in Gmail

Log into your University of Sheffield account and open Gmail from the left hand menu in MUSE.
Hangouts is automatically turned on in Gmail, so open Gmail to start having conversations.
When you start a video call, allow Hangouts to access your computer's mic and camera.

Turn off Hangouts and use Google Chat

You can go back to using Google Chat at any time.
Open Hangouts in Gmail.
Click your name.
Click Revert to old Chat.
Gmail will refresh, and you can start using Google Chat.

Turn on Hangouts in Gmail from Google Chat

You can try the new Hangouts from the menu in Google Chat.
Open Gmail.
At the top of your Google Chat list, click your profile photo.
Click Try the new Hangouts.
Gmail will refresh, and you can start using Hangouts.

Start chats or video calls

For detailed instructions on how to start chats or video calls, visit the Google Apps Learning Centre.

Getting started with Hangouts

Hangout from anywhere

With the Hangouts app, you can call phones, send messages, and make video calls on multiple devices to multiple people. You can also share photos and your location with others. Hangouts are synced automatically across devices. You can start a Hangout on your phone or tablet and continue on another device, like your computer.

All the mobile handsets that we offer for staff can be installed with all Google Apps for Education, including Hangouts. Just download the app and sign in with your University account.

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Join a call from Calendar

hangouts calendarTo join a Hangout from Calendar:
Go to Calendar and click the event you want to join.
Click the link next to Video call.
In the Hangouts window that opens, click Join.