Hangouts - free messaging, video, and voice

Additional Informations
  • Current Version: Varies with device
  • Updated: January 17, 2018
  • Requires Android: Varies with device
  • Installs: 1,000,000,000 - 5,000,000,000



Use Hangouts to keep in touch. Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.

• Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
• Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
• Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
• Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!).
• Connect your Google Voice account for phone calling, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
• Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.
• Message contacts anytime, even if they’re offline.

Notes: Mobile carrier and ISP charges may apply. Calls to Hangouts users are free, but other calls might be charged. View our calling rates at


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    Tania Thiessen Published date: January 17, 2018

    Boo. You just ruined my fave app. You brought back video, but you removed merge. I really lived the option. I hate when developers mess with a good thing... Full Review

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    Michael Linhart Published date: January 17, 2018

    Great app. Msgs sync well between using IM on multiple devices. App really doesn't send short videos very well. Most of the time it just tries for 5 min and them times out. Use fb messenger if you want to send an ani-gif or video. Full Review

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    Doom Food Published date: January 13, 2018

    After all this time they still haven't included a tiny little orange or green dot signifying status for hangouts friends. So they made the glacial change of showing if some one had been online recently, which at this point I use Facebook messenger which integrates the green online icon, otherwise Hangouts works like it's supposed to so I'll give it a better star rating. It's mysterious why Google doesn't understand basic user needs, wants and desires. Why have 5 messaging apps? For mercurial laundry pod eating millennials? Full Review

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    Derrill Dabkoski Published date: January 17, 2018

    Has performance issue. Slow when loading contact list and messages. Hangouts chrome extension is nice for Google voice though so that's the only reason I'm still on Hangouts. Full Review

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    John Schneider Published date: January 13, 2018

    For an app designed to replace default texting/messaging apps to not make sms conversations across Hangouts clients is just silly. Full Review

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    Richard Published date: January 13, 2018

    Wow Full Review

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    Flo Rosenthal Published date: December 6, 2017

    A free texting app that works with our without a Sim card.. Is easy to use, and I think it's the best messaging app. I don't see a need for getting any other messaging apps, this is great. Can call and video chat with my friends and family, great app! EDIT: Just realized, there Are group video chats!! This will be so useful for studying with friends for projects!! Full Review

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    Travis Handley Published date: November 19, 2017

    Hangouts allows connection to landlines and cell network lines free! And your called party need not have Hangouts when you connect with your Google Voice phone number over WiFi/Voip. They try to promote connecting devices with their app but not necessary. Love Hangouts and Google. Wanna back up ur music? Google offers a free, up to 250 MB cloud to upload ur music files. Full Review

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    Geoff blah Published date: December 24, 2017

    Most underrated app on the play store. Love this app even better then sms .wish Google would support this app fully instead of Allo. Some people like simplicity over extreme customization. Hence why stock android os does so good. Just make it work and people will be drawn to you . Feel free to drop me line. Always up for convo :) Full Review

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    Kathy Rafford Published date: December 18, 2017

    Well. This app allowed me to be able to talk with my man who is currently deployed over seas easier. So for that I love it. But I just a new T-Mobile phone it's called the revyll plus. Nice phone but this app I am able to download successful but when I go to open it. I can't get passed the welcome message. Like I click on the got it on bottom of message which should make it go away. But it does not. I have tried everything from unistalling and reinstalled and restarting my phone and nothing works. So I'm bummed. Ugh. How do I get this message to go away so I can actually use this app to talk to my man again. Ughhhh. Please help. So this why only 3 stars. Otherwise it would be 5. Full Review

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    Published date: December 24, 2017

    Hangouts is really useful to keep in contact with my friends and family. Though sometimes, the app indicates someone is online when they aren't and that confuses me whether I should message them or not. It literally flickers between online and offline. If this glitch gets repaired, Google Hangouts will definitely get 5 stars from me! Full Review

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    Brian Berlinger Published date: November 18, 2017

    Does anyone know what Google is doing right now? Hangouts used to be a great unified messaging platform. Now I dont know what it is. Google claims to be making it for "businesses". Great Google. Hurry up and make a proper replacement then, because Allo/Duo/Messages/Voice all suck right now. It's as if Google doesn't even know what made Hangouts great to begin with. Very sad. Full Review

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    Melody Rose Published date: December 1, 2017

    I was wondering, can you guys add a feature where the screen goes dark at a certain time? The brightness hurts my eyes, even when I turn the brightness down on my phone at night. This would really be helpful. Oh, and is there a way I can delete someone off of there? There are contacts I don't want on there anymore but the only thing I can do is...block them? Full Review

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    Olivier Saich Published date: December 30, 2017

    I like all of the features, except the anxiety-inducing immediate call/video call button. My phone laggs too much with the app not to accidentally click it every once in a while and I get a mini heart attack every time. It should be optimal to have those there or not. Also, as I said, it lags really bad. Full Review

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    Published date: November 15, 2017

    I love this app and my friends and I use it constantly. The only thing about it that I don't like is that when I'm in the app, it doesn't make any noises or give any indicator whenever someone texts. I wish they would at least add a small book or something when a text comes in, but other than that, the app is amazing Full Review

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    Published date: December 13, 2017

    The app kinda glitches and the screen gets messed up during video calls. After I hang up from people it says in a little gray box 'Ongoing Call' and I don't know why. The video for video chat gets all blocky and weird. It's got potential, just needs some work. My main issue is the video call glitch. The app is really good for texting and sending pictures though. It's okay. Full Review

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    Danielle Breining Published date: December 8, 2017

    I love that I can use Hangouts everywhere - phone, tablet, laptop - without missing a message. The ability to share photos and location is great. Improve video sharing and you'll get 5⭐. It's slow and spotty when it does work. The ability to delete a shared photo is also needed. Full Review

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    xxforeverfrostxx Published date: January 2, 2018

    It's good for messaging people if you don't have a phone (which I do now) but I would say the quality of the video chat is pretty bad, and it spazzes out a lot. It also freezes, and it's hard to understand what the other person is saying most of the time. All in all, the app is fine, but it's just the video chat itself. Full Review

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    Erica Chariker Published date: November 13, 2017

    The one thing it really needs is an enter/return button. I don't know about anyone else but I never use that smiley button where an enter button should be. If you could add that option to this app I'd love it even more than I already do. Now we can't even use it for SMS anymore? I will continue using Samsung messages instead. Full Review

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    Gabriel Toribio Published date: December 13, 2017

    So I don't know why this isn't promoted more. The video call quality is great. We got this allo and duo, which I'm using a lot right now. I guess this is competing with Skype, and duo is competing with FaceTime? Maybe they can merge the apps and just call it Google Comms. Full Review

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    D.J. Spencer Published date: December 11, 2017

    As of version 23 custom notifications no longer function properly. This is why people choose not to update apps. Developers introduce bugs & errors to the most basic functions. A simple custom ringtone should not be a stretch in 2017 on Android 7.1. This is exactly the kind of thing that drives users to an iPhone with Facetime. Full Review

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    Andrew Francis Published date: November 27, 2017

    No way to change status so people don't call. No way to keep total strangers who are obviously not my type from calling. No control over who calls even after following instructions to minimize it. Some of these callers somehow prevents me from blocking them. Only option . . . give negative review, jailbreak device and uninstall. This is the WORST app ever. And required to have this trash installed on device!!! Full Review

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    Tim Malone Published date: January 15, 2018

    Nice interface but you can't search your chat history. How many years will it take for Google, the search giant, to add a search feature? I posted my original review, noting the lack of search, over two years ago. Two years is a long time for Google. I mean, that's long enough to start a new service and abandon it. Full Review

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    Nicksta Miycrowsoft Published date: December 24, 2017

    I can contact my Friends and family easily. But it would be better if it could say if something was switched off etc... But it's good. No bad problems, although the whole of my tablet takes a minute to understand I've changed my Google account picture. But keep up the fantastic work!📨 Full Review

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    Allen Dotson Published date: January 16, 2018

    I don't know why I'm forced to have this app on my phone. I don't use it so why do I need to waste space to have it? Google, please make this app optional. To me, this app is a waste of time and space. I'm also investigating if this App is turning on the "do not disturb" function on my Nexus 6P phone. UGH!!! This app is turning off all sounds on my phone. After I delete this app and restart, I hear sounds. Then you force the app back on my phone and I lose all sounds. UGH!!! I don't need this app!!! Full Review

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    Sai Tej Published date: November 19, 2017

    When will we ever get an update where we could delete our contacts permanently? Cause the only options we have are two which are Hide Contacts or Block Contacts. I mean, why can't we delete them all at once rather having them in contact list. I have no idea why they haven't added it yet cause the other apps like WhatsApp or Texting applications have the options which are loaded with delete contacts but Hangouts doesn't. Please do make these changes so we could be able to delete them. I've requested the developers on the developers page but I got no response from them. It seems like pointless to have no option to delete them so yeah. I do hope they will do in the next update. Full Review

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    Bill Favitta Published date: November 13, 2017

    This app was my go-to before they took away sms messaging. Hangouts isn't useful outside of sending instant messages around the office. Now I'm forced to use stock Samsung messenger which leaves much to be desired. Full Review

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    Dave J Published date: December 19, 2017

    The volume level is almost inaudible on my S8+ despite all volumes being set to max. I have to use my tablet to be able to hear other people during video calls on hangouts. Not very convenient and very frustrating. Will be moving to something better. Full Review

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    Raptor987 123 Published date: December 17, 2017

    It looks good, but no-one seems to use it. So -2 stars for not promoting it enough. In my contact list of roughly 30 people, only 2 people use it. That makes me so sad cause I can't use it. WHATSAPP IS BETTER. 😰 Full Review

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    Darlene Vickers Published date: December 19, 2017


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    Foerunner 07 Published date: November 28, 2017

    Every time i try to use a link from youtube for a hangouts group it sends me to the google play store instead and wont launch the app or anything. I dont understand why. Its ok but if it worked properly id rate it better. Full Review

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    sandeep chhabra Published date: December 6, 2017

    This is no less than a disaster!!! They err on a recurring basis and most recently they made a reminder call at 3:30 am instead of 3:30 pm, even though I had categorically requested not to be called at 3:30 am. If I had my way, I would have sued them. Full Review

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    Dominic Abraham Published date: January 8, 2018

    I deleted a few messages but as soon as I exit that thrad. The deleted message reappears. It happens again and again until SMS is disabled in hangouts and deleted in the default messaging app of android. This problem has started after the recent update. Kindly rectify. Without this problem I will rate hangouts as 5 stas. Please do something before I set FB messenger as my default messenger Full Review

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    Separate Path Published date: November 14, 2017

    Hangout worked perfectly until the recent update. I used it on my Wi-Fi Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 Pro tablet as a phone application. Then, after the last upgrade, I no longer can make phone calls with Hangouts. For me having Hangouts on my cell phone is not essential, since I have unlimited calling plan to U.S., Canada, and Mexico. However, with Hangouts not working on Wi-Fi tablet, I see no use for this application. It was a good way to communicate, until an updat spoiled everything. I am going to wait for a while to see if there would be any improvements, then, if there would be none, I would uninstall it. The problem is fixed. Hangouts works great. Full Review

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    J Sandy Published date: November 30, 2017

    I've downloaded, redownloaded, updated, and re updated this app. Why does your welcome message refuse to go away and let me even try the app? Update, just tried a few more times. Is this a real app or is this just a spammer that clogs your phone? Full Review

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    C Sullivan Published date: November 19, 2017

    Why is your app suddenly crashing over and over again? "Unfortunately this app has to close". After the phone has been on for an extended amount of time? I was chatting with my family at lunch break. But I keep on sending error reports to Google. I had to restart the phone. I do like the smilies, imoji's and stickers. Use with caution Note 3 users. Needs more imoji's on app. Full Review

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    Published date: November 14, 2017

    I think it could be better... Like Android Messaging! You can change the conversation color thing in there... That would be something way cool if Hangouts did that. And maybe if it looked cleaner and newer? Full Review

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    Published date: January 12, 2018

    Really not wanting anything to change. I'm also unsure why hangouts is considered a corporate app and allo/duo are supposed to be the Joe User apps. Can't ONE app handle it all? Also, when will VoIP functionality be added to Google Voice? Full Review

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    Daniel Dalton Published date: November 22, 2017

    Had to disable on my Nexus 9 because "SMS is no longer supported..." notification won't go away. SMS is, in fact, still supported on Project Fi devices, which mine is. Google has done nothing to fix it... for months. Full Review

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    i ng Published date: November 25, 2017

    Can't believe Google killed the blobs and brought us these fugly gradient emojis that look like they came straight from 2005 BBS forums. Bring back the blobs. They were brilliant and minimal. The new emojis from Oreo is an abomination. Full Review