Google Hangouts - Start a Video Call on an iOS Device

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.

iPhone and iPad

Start a video call

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the bottom, tap Contacts .
  3. Type a person's name, and select them from the search results.
  4. Tap Video call.
  5. Optional: On your iPad, you can start a video call by opening a Hangouts conversation and swiping from right to left.
  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 the 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 Add people .
  3. At the bottom, tap Invite.
  4. Enter or select a name or email address. 
  5. Tap Done Done. To join a video call, you need to sign in to your Google Account.

Add people by sharing a link

  1. In the video call window, tap the screen.
  2. At the top, tap Add people .
  3. At the bottom, tap Share link.
  4. Select an app. To join a call, users will need to sign in. Anyone with the link will be able to join the call.

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.

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