Last month, Google has also replace Gmail video chat with Google+ hangout. And all Gmail users need to have a Google+ profile before using the Google+ hangout feature. This was an attempt to push all Gmail users to Google+. Google has also added a feature to adjust bandwidth usage.
In this post, I am adding few tips of Google+ hangout that will help you to get most of this nice video chat service.
Important Facts About Google+ Hangout.
- 10 users can simultaneously Hangout.
- If a user is inactive, it will have 150 minute check-in to make sure he is still there.
- For best hangout experience you need to have 1 mbps/1 mbps (up/down) internet connection for one on one video chat. If you want to have group hangout, you need to have 1 mbps/2 mbps (up/down) internet connection. If we talk about minimum, You can enjoy hangout at 256 kbps/512 kbs. But it will lag and disconnect again and again.
How to Start a hangout
Now, there are many ways to start a hangout. You can use any of the given methods.
The easiest way to start a Hangout is to visit hangouts.google.com
If you are on Gmail, you can start hangout by clicking on hangout icon near chat box.
If you are on Google+, you can find hangout inside more option in left side bar menu.
How to start Text Chat While hanging out
In hangout window, you will see a left side bar with multiple Options. Second option is chat. After clicking on this, you will be able to text chat with persons in hangout. This is useful when you want to send some text (ex: password, address, phone numbers).
How to Share Your Computer Screen in Google+ Hangout
Google+ hangout has a nice feature called Screenshare. This feature allows users to share their computer screen with persons he is hanging out. You can show some window in your system or any file. You can either share full screen or specific window.
Funny Google Effects in Google+ hangout
Google added Google Effects app in Google+ Hangout. It allows users to add some visual effects and items in video. For ex: you can add hat, glasses, drum and many other these kind of objects in video chat.
Create Shared Notes With Google Drive and Google+ hangout
Users can share and edit documents while hanging out. This feature is really helpful when two people are working on same project but locations are far away.
Watch Videos or movies on YouTube while Hanging out
In Google+, you can add much other kind of apps to add more features. You will see an option View More Apps at left side bar menu. Click on it.
Scroll the box and look for YouTube app. Add YouTube app to hangout. It will ask permission to access your Google Account. Allow access if you want to use this app in Google+ hangout.
Now, click on Add Video to Playlist at the top right corner to add video in hangout.
How to use Hangout on AIR
Hangout on AIR is nice feature of Google+ hangout to broadcast your video chat for free via YouTube. You can also watch hangout of other people too.
Follow this link to create or join a Hangout on AIR.
There are many other things which you can do with Google+ hangout. Add more apps and enjoy more cool things in Google+ hangout.
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