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Google Hangouts - Start a Video Call on an Android

You can connect with family, friends, or coworkers through face-to-face video calls. You can add up to 9 people in a Hangouts video call.

Start a video call

  1. Open the Hangouts app Google hangouts icon.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Compose compose icon.
  3. Tap New Video Call.
  4. Type and select the names of people you want to invite to your video call.
  5. Tap Video call Video call icon.
  6. When you're done, tap End call Call end icon.

Other settings for video calls

Add people by name or email address

Anyone in a video call can add more people after the video call starts.

  1. In the video call window, tap the screen.
  2. At the top, tap More More icon and then iconInvite and then icon Add people.
  3. Enter or select a name or email address. 
  4. Tap Video call Video call icon. To join a video call, you need to sign in to your Google Account.

Turn off your camera or mute the microphone

  1. Tap the video call screen
  2. At the bottom, tap an icon to mute your microphone or turn off your camera.

Receive messages in the video call

When you receive messages in the video call, a chat icon will appear on the bottom left of your screen. Tap the icon to see the messages, tap again to close the chat. You can only see the message history while you’re on the call.

You can’t respond to a video call message on your phone, but you can respond to the message if you join the call on your computer instead.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:Google Hangouts Start a Video Call   Doc ID:80419
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-02-23 12:22 MSTUpdated:2018-05-18 09:09 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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