How to: Use Google Hangouts and Hangouts on Air

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What are Google Hangouts?

Google Hangouts is a video, chat and broadcast platform that you can use for multiple purposes, including:

  • holding individual or group meetings in real time
  • recording and/or broadcasting live a meeting, interview, demonstration or panel discussion (when panellists are all at different locations)
  • maintaining a chat conversation over time with individuals or groups

The following document will step you through the process of using Google Hangouts and Hangouts on Air.

You can follow the links in the document, and note that related how-to’s are listed below should you want to learn more.


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If you want a recording or a broadcast of your hangout, use Hangouts on Air, otherwise use Hangouts.

Consider bandwidth.
If you find it’s low, try turning off your webcams. If it’s still a problem, try muting everyone’s microphone if they’re not speaking.

Creating video content

Hangouts on Air to create instructional videos

How to: Create video using Hangouts on Air

Learn more

This article forms part of the “Get started with Google” series. 

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