How to Use Hangouts on Android

By Tanner Abraham •  Updated: 07/28/22 •  7 min read

Nowadays almost all people use some app to send text messages to each other. Surely the one you use the most, both them and you, is What Sapp, due to its popularity. But there is a possible alternative to that widespread service, and it’s provided by another well-known technology company: Google. Said alternative is Hangouts, which although not as popular, also has some pretty attractive features. Apart from sending text messages, with Hangouts you can also make video calls. And that is one of the functions that its consumers like the most. If you want to know more about this useful application, at DonHowTo we teach you how to use Hangouts on Android.



What is Hangouts about?

When it launched Hangouts back on May 15, 2013, what Google did was essentially roll several previous apps and features into one. In this way, we can find ourselves from a text chat to a useful tool for making video calls. The fact that these features are included within the same app makes it much more compact and organized than before. Before its arrival, most of its different functionalities were found in different applications, independent of each other.

Main features of the application

Hangouts are a multiplatform application, so you can enjoy it both on your computer and on Android or Apple devices. Within the application, you will be able to find a multitude of features and functionalities that are interesting to communicate with your contacts. Some of those features are as follows:

What do you need to use Hangouts on Android?

Now that you know all the features that you will have at your disposal with Hangouts, it is time for you to know what requirements you must meet to start using the application. Those requirements are as follows:

Instructions for using Hangouts on Android

Now that you know what you can do with Hangouts, you should know how to install and use it. As you can see if you try, they will be two very simple tasks. The steps you must follow are the following:


The steps to follow to install Hangouts on your Android smartphone are:

  1. If Hangouts is not already pre-installed on your mobile, you will have to open the Play Store and search for it. It will surely be the first result of your search.
  2. After opening the app tab, tap “Install” (if you don’t have it pre-installed) or “Update ” (if you have it pre-installed but not updated to the latest version).
  3. When the process is finished (if your Internet connection is fast it will last very little), look for the application in your menu. You will find it easily, since the icon shows two white quotes inside a green balloon.


Now that you have Hangouts on your Android smartphone, you will have to learn how to use its main features. Those functions are very easy to understand.

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Tanner Abraham

Data Scientist and Software Engineer with a focus on experimental projects in new budding technologies that incorporate machine learning and quantum computing into web applications.

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