Google Hangouts For Android Tips & Tricks

Google Hangouts For Android Tips & Tricks

Google Hangouts is one of the awesome Android App. People use this all time favourite messaging service for both personal and professional use. The main reason behind its hugely popularity is because its linked with the Gmail account. And it is obvious that every Android user must have a Gmail account.

It’s not just only for Android devices, it’s basically a cross-platform service and also available for iOS and for the web. Google Hangouts bundled with lots of free features like individual or group texting, voice calling with video support and a lot more. What you need is a Gmail account.

Here we have covered some interesting tips and tricks to get the most out of this awesome Android app.


Make sure that the latest version of Google Hangouts must be running on your Android device. We are going to assume that you have already installed the app from Google Play Store and its in running condition.

Set up Hangouts as a Default SMS Client

Most of us have an app in our phone other then Hangouts that is our default SMS client. But using two different apps for a single purpose doesn’t make any sense.

Google Hangouts is capable enough to become our default SMS clients replacing our existing SMS client.

Steps to make Hangouts our default SMS client:

  • On top left corner there is a hamburger menu icon, tap on it.
  • Select Settings.
  • Tap on SMS.
  • Under the heading “General” find ”SMS disabled“ and tap on it.
  • A message pop-up menu will appear with message “Use Hangouts instead of Messaging as your SMS app?”
  • Now, Select YES, and then tap OK.

Decide Who Can Contact You And How

If you are an old user of Google+ then you must know the fact that anyone can contact with your email id. Sometimes this could be a bit annoying.

Steps to manage who can contact you on Google Hangouts:

  • Open app settings >> Go to account settings.
  • Find “Customize invites” and then tap on it to decide who can contact you and how.

For example: A person who has your email id and wants to talk to you has both the options to contact you via invite to chat or direct chat.

How to put Hangouts Notifications on Snooze

When you so busy to talk then options like snooze notifications is like a blessing. If you are in a situation in which you don’t want to get disturbed by the notifications of Hangouts then you can put notifications on snooze.

Steps to snooze the upcoming notifications of Hangouts:

  • On top left corner of the screen tap on hamburger icon.
  • Select Snooze notifications.
  • A pop-up will appear for you to select the time period varies from 1 hour to 72 hours.

How to Delete Old Messages

If you are using Hangouts frequently then you must well aware of the fact that there is no option to delete texts. Even the trick of long pressing a text doesn’t allows you to delete it.

Here’s how you can delete the conversation:

  • Open the conversation which you want to delete first.
  • On top right corner of the screen there are three vertical dots, tap on it.
  • Tap on Turn history off.
  • After a certain period of time all the messages will be deleted.

How to Send Messages to Your Google+ Circle

If you are a routine user then you may also want to send a text messages to a whole group of contacts at once. Since the integration of Hangouts with Google is very tight this can be done easily through the Android app of Hangouts.

Follow the steps to send a text message to your Google+ circle:

  • On the bottom right of the screen there is a green circular plus icon, tap on it.
  • Select New group.
  • In the search bar, enter the name of your circle and tap Search on Google+.
  • Once your Google+ circle appeared on screen, tap on it to send your desired text.

If you know more Google Hangouts tips and tricks then feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

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