My friends wanted to chat with me, so they recommended hangouts to do it. I was like Ok, let’s try it. It’s all like the regular texting app, but you can also call using the same app, which is pretty convenient. The regular app does not include calling, and you need two apps if you want to call. You can also switch from voicemail to FaceTime, instead of having to call again if you want to FaceTime. Group chat let’s you talk as a group in a voicemail or FaceTime, and all of the people can decide if they want either voice only or camera. If you don’t have the new update for group chat on your device, that’s ok! You don’t need to update to group chat on Hangouts. Overall, this app totally deserves five stars. As an addition, I like the little cyclops guy that you see if there is nothing there. Hey, it’s cute and makes the app pop out more. The logo is a dialog bubble with quotations (“) in it, which is a pretty clever idea because the app is about chat. If you are reading this and you don’t have Hangouts, get it right now. You better. And if you already do, then give yourself a pat on the back. I’m so glad I found this app, and I hope you decide to use the app too. Applause to the creator of this app. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You deserve it.
Love it, but now I’m really sad
By cncowj is
I use hangouts all the time to talk to all of my friends. I love the app, and it is pretty much my life. Then today, October 20th 2019, I was refreshing hangouts and signing out of my account meaning to sign back in and it would be refreshed. I do this a lot, because then after I sign back in I can see my friends’ changed profile pictures, etc. I had also just installed the IOS 12.4.2 update on my device. A screen I had never seen before popped up that said, “Welcome! Hangouts will save all of your recorded conversation history so you can access it anywhere you need to.” Then at the bottom of the screen there was a big blue button that read, “OK, got it!” I pressed that button. At first it didn’t work and I assumed it was a tiny glitch and wasn’t a big deal. I waited. I tried again. I did it again. It still wasn’t working. I restarted my device, deleted and re-installed hangouts, cleared all my windows and checked my internet connection, which was full bars. I’m still trying to figure out why it won’t work. At the time, I cannot contact any of the people I would want to contact. Please help me! I love this app and need it to work!
Hangouts - College Buds from all parts of the Country- still best friends
So... I graduated college in 2009 from University of Oklahoma. I had a group of 8 guys that were best of friends. We all moved to various parts of the country afterwards for jobs, girls, etc. We were out of touch for a few years - except for the occasional Fantasy Football trash talking during 4 months/yr.
We joined Hangouts in 2012 and have been chatting on this daily (yes... daily) since then. Marriages, kids & all of life’s struggles & achievements have been chronicled since. There may only be a few short chats a day or entire pages & pages of back & forth. Google Hangouts has been the one place that has kept us guys connected and best of friends since college. Also, probably the reason we could never run for office one day if we wanted...lol... but that’s neither here nor there.
Highly recommend this chatting app and hope it never goes away. Lastly, one of the only apps I know that offers Video Chat for up to 10 people at once. We’ve played fantasy football bets & drinking games on more than a few occasions with all 8 of us on the video chat. Super Cool.
Hangouts features/flexibility beat Duo
Is a laugh to read all the fake reviews and nonsense that kids are writing to hype Duo. Hangouts is obviously a full-featured, all-around cross-platform app, while Duo is little more than a one-trick pony (OK... let's give it the two-trick benefit-of-doubt here.) Hangouts allows voice calls with all mobile and landline voice numbers, with no Hangouts app needed by the other parties. Hangouts supports texting between any phone numbers that allow texting - again without a Hangouts app needed by the others. Hangouts ONLY requires using the app or website to do video calls with others.
The quality of Duo video IS generally better than Hangouts video, but that alone certainly doesn't make up for Duo's major limitation of no connectivity of any kind, to most phone numbers. (Duo uses phone numbers only for identifying which Duo apps to connect together.) ALL parties must be using a Duo app or the website. You definitely won't be calling all phone numbers with the very limited Duo app.
I’ve been using this app for three years now and it works pretty good. There are times when it glitches out (the screen freezes, the keyboard disappears, messages won’t send etc) but those glitches are less common now. When it comes to video chatting in large groups, sometimes it overloads it and everyone freezes but that can be fixed by everyone (except for one person) hanging up and re-joining. There was one time when the video chatting system barely worked but that was a while ago. Overall, it’s a really useful app for people who can’t afford phones or data because it can be used on almost any device. Half the time I forget I’m using an app and just feel like I’m texting instead. Oh, and the screen will show who is there in the chat with you, when a message was wrote, and if someone is typing or deleting something in a message. I always found that to be a fun and useful feature.
Great, but why are you killing it in 2020?
I use this app to chat with my buddies informally. Your new apps, Chat and Meet, split hangouts for no apparent reason, into a video app and a text app. Why...? I am completely baffled. Please explain why these new professional apps are better than the tried-and-true hangouts. What split into two apps anyway? You did this with Drive, Docs, Slides, etc as well.
Also, my friend (the one I talk via hangouts with) is trying to get me to move to Discord. Just saying, a lot of people will move to different apps when you kill it. And they won’t be your two new ones.
Also: the bugs are racking up. It’s been saying that several messages (around 10) send since yesterday are “sending” despite my friend already having seen and responded to them. And the sendrates are getting slower. Please, just kill it quickly if you have to, instead of letting it bleed out slowly from the bugs and lags.
I’ve been using hangouts for about five years now and I love it. It for sure works better on Samsung or LG products than I phone products, but there isn’t a huge difference. Sometimes it just takes a little longer to load. I like that I’m able to use it on my phone and on my laptop. I love pretty much everything about it except the new emojis. The new emojis are scary looking, I prefer the old ones.
I’ve made new friends through this outlet. I even eventually met my boyfriend through this huge group chat I had started with people I knew. Those people added some people they knew and I just remember laughing a lot. I’m also able to keep in touch with a friend I met from Switzerland. My whole immediate family uses it too, we have a family group chat!
If the app creators are ever looking to improve it though, they should revert back to the old emojis and maybe add some gifs. I highly recommend this app!
Hangouts Positives and Negatives
By michelle lee :)
I love how hangouts is a very useful texting and communicating app, so I will recommend this to nearly everyone. Because of its usefulness, quick sending, and how my friends also enjoy this. However there a couple of problems with this app. First is that the app only allows you to use gmail accounts. Now I am not saying that iCloud or anything is better then gmail, but the fact that some people may not be able to use this is really sad just because the email didn’t work out. Another problem is, is that sometimes when I or my friend sends messages myself and my friend can not see the text messages unless we log out and then back in. This fact is very disturbing that I am not able to read the message until I log out. But anyway besides these facts that I hope will be considered and used in the next update I think that this is an AMAZING app! I hope you enjoy this app and have fun texting your friends! :D
Solid Video Conferencing App
We’ve recently switched to Hangouts for our virtual music lessons. I love the no-nonsense layout, and as long as you have headphones, the audio quality is comparable to other video conferencing platforms. Here’s the good:
- user friendly, especially for youth. It’s a familiar layout and easy to navigate. Especially for those with limited app/tech experience
- very responsive (with good internet) and for teaching, it’s nice to be in a live chat and also have the ability to send photos and files in the messaging system.
- the ability to make groups is awesome
- works great across all devices
- unlike some other platforms, you do not have to send a “chat link” by email. Just a message within the app itself.
- having a new contact go to your “invites” tab instead of your messages tab is confusing and led to a lot of lost calls in the beginning.
- does not seem to play well with Safari on a computer. People trying to call through Safari tend to get a white screen and have to either switch web browsers (Chrome or Firefox) or dig around their permissions to allow Hangouts increased functionality.
- sometimes the incoming call only shows up as an active gray bar within the chat itself. Misleading to new users. This only happens if the app is currently open and the chat is open. Not the end of the world, just easy to miss the call.
Hope this helps!
Perfect if you have no phone
This app is perfect if your phone got cut off or if you have no money to get service. I'm able to send and receive text messages and make and receive calls without having a phone carrier. And in my book, that's wicked awesome. So far I haven't had any technical issues with the app, it's never crashed or froze on me. And I've had a Google voice number since they first came out, I highly recommend getting one. You have to have a working number to set it up with tho but after that it stays on even if your phone gets cut off. And you can call your number from another number and then make an outgoing call that will show up as your number on the receiving phone. So that's really cool. All in all I've just been very pleased with my Google voice and Hangouts experience. Thanks Google! You have saved me from being cut off from communication!