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Hangouts - free messaging, video, and voice

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4.0
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  • Very good :) some minor issues Jun 14, 2020

    By Cat :D 😹😹
    Google hangouts is a very good app and I use it all the time. I talk to my friends and work on projects for school. I love using the app and there aren’t many issues I have to face with. Other than just a few minor issues (some may be due to my knowledge on how to use the app) for me the worst thing on hangouts is when you have hangouts calls. They are very glitchy and it makes it hard to hear what people are saying. So , I tried fixing my WiFi but that didn’t help either. Many of my friends also told me about this problem before so we just use google meet. Which is actually really good and I get a crisp sound. I also have a problem with calling on hangouts for some reason on my phone the volume is very low and if I call on my iPad it’s normal. Idk if it’s a problem with my phone but every time I use the call on my phone that happens. But I get over it. Otherwise I definitely recommend getting hangouts. It’s a very good app and has many good uses.
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  • Google has ruined Hangouts Nov 28, 2020

    By vgdeg
    Before the most recent update, there were occasional bugs. Enough to make me give them a four star. From various things such as when you join a call, it would act as if you were receiving a call for over five seconds and you couldn’t hear nor talk. Other bugs included some inducing whence sending photos and videos, as well as the extremely poor quality in all videos (though this is not a bug, just the way that the app is.) What has further lowered my rating on Hangouts is their most recent update. The update now requires you to set a google meet in order to call or FaceTime. This is most infuriating in group chats, because it sends a message with a link, but most people do not suspect a call unless they actually hear a REAL CALL. Google meet (just use it and you’ll see) is not at all practical for casual conversation, nor official meetings, and is still very clunky and even MORE BUGGY. Much of this you have to use to understand. I’m still going to use the app. I have to. Hangouts is strong in the area of connecting more people than ever, because all you need is a Gmail or some school emails (though school emails are a bit limited, they can’t send photos or videos, but that is understandable.) I’m just disappointed that Google is valuing Google meet over the people. I hope this review was helpful, and congrats for reaching the end!
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  • Jan 16, 2021

    By Amanda Burgess
    It works well, but the app needs an update or something. It will tell me that hangouts has stopped, and won't let me access any of my chats. If I am using hangouts ony computer and then go back to my phone or tablet it doesn't update it. It gets super annoying sometimes, but is easy to use and doesn't require a phone number.
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  • Hangouts Jun 11, 2020

    By Cherie_the_Awesome_
    Hangouts is cool and you can add a lot of people to chat with! But there is a just a teeny little problem, we can call each other but still chat in the call not go into the hangouts app just staying at the call and not leaving to go chat in the normal place. You have to go try on the computer to do it and sometimes you can’t hear your friends voice sometimes. But I love it still no matter how good or bad it is! And you can log into any account but at the beginning you have to use gmail. But my friends at school have been sending invites in my school account and i didn’t know i could make another account and that i didn’t know my school email would work! That’s why hangouts is still good and it will always be forever! At least it is bad and PLEASE DON’T GET RID OF THIS. I say that because i don’t have every friend i can talk to on messages and that’s why i also use hangouts so i can talk with other friends! So if you do get rid of this i am going to help raise this level. ( i love is so I’m still giving it a 5 star rating because even with teeny problems, you have to ignore then to help go do the right thing and don’t do the bad !)
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  • So far, so good! Finally, one that actually works for free! Sep 22, 2020

    By ChattanoogaMommy
    Having lost my income, and Congress failing to act on a new unemployment stimulus, I’ve lost my car, my phones, and my internet. With two immune compromised babies at home- not having a phone is a dangerous risk. I’ve tried all the calling apps and they’re great for the first day- until you need to make any important phone calls. Then you’ll find out why the app is “free” which is only free if you don’t need it for anything remotely important. So imagine my surprise when I finally decide to try “hangouts”. I though it was just like a video chat kind of app, like a Google version of Messenger kind of think. I suppose in many ways it is, but much better. I’ve been able to call ANY number I need, no issues, no insane survey lists that never truly end and never give a single reward. No monthly fee requests to upgrade (YET lol). The ONLY issue so far is that I don’t appear to have a phone number when I call people, so they are not able to call me back. But as an introvert, I support I could think of much worse things to happen in life. So far, so good. Will update if anything changes.
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  • Jan 22, 2021

    By James Cheyne
    I have been using Hangouts very successfully since its launch and now I'm told i need to sign in to Google Voice. I have tried and tried but I have failed since this app askes to me provide a US-based phone number that I don't have and I have been unable to buy time on Voice. The online instructions are not correct. Any suggestion for an alternative internet phone app, please?
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  • Dec 30, 2020

    By ꧁KawaiiAshleyChan //Itz Me Ashley //ッシジンゾリ꧂
    UGH! Google, hear me out. When i first started Hangouts, it was working perfectly, like a miracle. It was like that for days untli one day where it wouldn's stop stopping. I still get notifications, but it wouldn't let me enter the actual mobile app! FIX THIS NOW! NO, THIS ISN'T A JOKE! I'M TELLING YOU! FIX IT! Sorry if i was offensive, but still.
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  • Dec 31, 2020

    By Hilary Rowland
    Would be good but it's SO BUGGY! Often won't load anything or won't send photos, etc. Super buggy. I'm on a new Google Pixel phone too! Also, super basic. No privacy or read receipts. Update: None of the bugs have been fixed, years later, and now they're making it worse by removing Google voice sms and forcing us to use a separate app for that. I will be finding a Hangouts alternative (that has privacy!)
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  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Madhimalar
    I really loved this app in the beginning, but now I'm seriously disappointed. The app stops responding so frequently and the messages I send take a long time to be delivered and it doesn't sync with my PC when I use my PC to send messages through Hangouts. Google, If you can fix the bugs and stop the frequent glitching, I'd love that.
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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By RL
    This is the only way me and most of my friends can all text, because some of us have phones while others have kindles or laptops. I do really enjoy using it, but there's a problem. When sending invites to join a private or group chat, it takes forever for the other person to see it. Sometimes they never see it at all. And when I get a chat on my second kindle it never shows up. I dont get the notifications for it and I have to individually check each chat. Please fix this!!
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  1. Connect with Google Voice so you can make and receive phone calls, text messages, video calls, and much more
  2. No matter where you are in the world, get in contact with friends and family with ease! Whether it's for personal or business use, get in contact fast
  3. Avoid additional phone charges when calling and messaging - all for free! Talk face-to-face with friends at absolutely no charge to you

Reviewed by Katelyn on April 4, 2018

  • Hangouts Jun 11, 2020

    By Cherie_the_Awesome_
    Hangouts is cool and you can add a lot of people to chat with! But there is a just a teeny little problem, we can call each other but still chat in the call not go into the hangouts app just staying at the call and not leaving to go chat in the normal place. You have to go try on the computer to do it and sometimes you can’t hear your friends voice sometimes. But I love it still no matter how good or bad it is! And you can log into any account but at the beginning you have to use gmail. But my friends at school have been sending invites in my school account and i didn’t know i could make another account and that i didn’t know my school email would work! That’s why hangouts is still good and it will always be forever! At least it is bad and PLEASE DON’T GET RID OF THIS. I say that because i don’t have every friend i can talk to on messages and that’s why i also use hangouts so i can talk with other friends! So if you do get rid of this i am going to help raise this level. ( i love is so I’m still giving it a 5 star rating because even with teeny problems, you have to ignore then to help go do the right thing and don’t do the bad !)
    more
  • So far, so good! Finally, one that actually works for free! Sep 22, 2020

    By ChattanoogaMommy
    Having lost my income, and Congress failing to act on a new unemployment stimulus, I’ve lost my car, my phones, and my internet. With two immune compromised babies at home- not having a phone is a dangerous risk. I’ve tried all the calling apps and they’re great for the first day- until you need to make any important phone calls. Then you’ll find out why the app is “free” which is only free if you don’t need it for anything remotely important. So imagine my surprise when I finally decide to try “hangouts”. I though it was just like a video chat kind of app, like a Google version of Messenger kind of think. I suppose in many ways it is, but much better. I’ve been able to call ANY number I need, no issues, no insane survey lists that never truly end and never give a single reward. No monthly fee requests to upgrade (YET lol). The ONLY issue so far is that I don’t appear to have a phone number when I call people, so they are not able to call me back. But as an introvert, I support I could think of much worse things to happen in life. So far, so good. Will update if anything changes.
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  • Hangouts Sep 22, 2020

    By jerry lord simon
    Hangouts is cool and you can add a lot of people to chat with! But there is a just a teeny little problem, we can call each other but still chat in the call not go into the hangouts app just staying at the call and not leaving to go chat in the normal place. You have to go try on the computer to do it and sometimes you can't hear your friends voice sometimes. But I love it still no matter how good or bad it is! And you can log into any account but at the beginning you have to use gmail. But my friends at school have been sending invites in my school account and i didn't know i could make another account and that i didn't know my school email would work! That's why hangouts is still good and it will always be forever! At least it is bad and PLEASE DON'T GET RID OF THIS. I say that because i don't have every friend i can talk to on messages and that's why i also use hangouts so i can talk with other friends! So if you do get rid of this i am going to help raise this level. (i love is so l'm still giving it a 5 star rating because even with teeny problems, you have to ignore then to help go do the right thing and don't do the bad !)
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  • Hangouts - College Buds from all parts of the Country- still best friends Mar 14, 2020

    By Bryan_johnson23
    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.
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  • Thank you Google! Jun 22, 2020

    By XxGalaxyxX94
    Hai google! Some of my friends aren’t old enough to have a phone number, so they use Google Hangouts to talk to me! You can FaceTime, Voice call, send pictures and more. I do have one complaint, if a friend updates there google name or profile picture I have to update the app!! Very frustrating... if you do have a phone number you can make a new contact, add a friends email, and then change the name to whatever you want it to be! You then have to update the app. That’s just a trick I picked up :) If your an adult and ate thinking about downloading this app for them I have a few things to say.. you can be texted by any person who has your email, but before they can chat with you, you have to accept there request. On Google Hangouts there is no access to the internet, unless somebody sends you a link. I love this app! Oh!! I almost forgot!! You can make a group chat and video call them all, and if you don’t wanna show your face you can mute yourself and turn off your camera. I’m running out of space so I'm gonna stop writing. Shine on Google Hangouts!! ⭐️💝
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  • Very good :) some minor issues Jun 14, 2020

    By Cat :D 😹😹
    Google hangouts is a very good app and I use it all the time. I talk to my friends and work on projects for school. I love using the app and there aren’t many issues I have to face with. Other than just a few minor issues (some may be due to my knowledge on how to use the app) for me the worst thing on hangouts is when you have hangouts calls. They are very glitchy and it makes it hard to hear what people are saying. So , I tried fixing my WiFi but that didn’t help either. Many of my friends also told me about this problem before so we just use google meet. Which is actually really good and I get a crisp sound. I also have a problem with calling on hangouts for some reason on my phone the volume is very low and if I call on my iPad it’s normal. Idk if it’s a problem with my phone but every time I use the call on my phone that happens. But I get over it. Otherwise I definitely recommend getting hangouts. It’s a very good app and has many good uses.
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  • Jan 6, 2021

    By [Seko]せこ
    I've used Hangouts for 5 years now, it's so reliable. But lately, the app has been slacking. Sometimes, I am not notified when I get a message. As someone who sends messages that often have time-sensitive responses, this is a hindrance to my ability to care for the app. Edit: I still use it, it's still useful, just not as reliable as it was or could be.
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  • Hangouts Positives and Negatives May 1, 2020

    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
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  • Dec 30, 2020

    By john nwador
    I love hanging out and hangout has been my first choice ever since I discovered the app 2 years ago, my problem with this app is not being able to delete messages or edit messages. It's annoying and I think it is really necessary if a mail can be deleted why then an ordinary chat have such immunity. Please Google should look into it and give the consumers what they really want and not what [they] like. Apart from this the app deserves 6 stars if possible.
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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Deborah Evans
    I've had good luck with this app. It could use some updating to improve the overall experience in my opinion... 1. Dark mode 2. A search feature within the messages so you can go to specific words AND DATES 3. Include the ability to send voice memos within the app (and maybe record them) 4. I know people with iPhones that can't share gifs within the app These are just some. I look forward to seeing improvement soon.
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  • Google has ruined Hangouts Nov 28, 2020

    By vgdeg
    Before the most recent update, there were occasional bugs. Enough to make me give them a four star. From various things such as when you join a call, it would act as if you were receiving a call for over five seconds and you couldn’t hear nor talk. Other bugs included some inducing whence sending photos and videos, as well as the extremely poor quality in all videos (though this is not a bug, just the way that the app is.) What has further lowered my rating on Hangouts is their most recent update. The update now requires you to set a google meet in order to call or FaceTime. This is most infuriating in group chats, because it sends a message with a link, but most people do not suspect a call unless they actually hear a REAL CALL. Google meet (just use it and you’ll see) is not at all practical for casual conversation, nor official meetings, and is still very clunky and even MORE BUGGY. Much of this you have to use to understand. I’m still going to use the app. I have to. Hangouts is strong in the area of connecting more people than ever, because all you need is a Gmail or some school emails (though school emails are a bit limited, they can’t send photos or videos, but that is understandable.) I’m just disappointed that Google is valuing Google meet over the people. I hope this review was helpful, and congrats for reaching the end!
    more
  • Jan 16, 2021

    By Amanda Burgess
    It works well, but the app needs an update or something. It will tell me that hangouts has stopped, and won't let me access any of my chats. If I am using hangouts ony computer and then go back to my phone or tablet it doesn't update it. It gets super annoying sometimes, but is easy to use and doesn't require a phone number.
    more
  • Jan 21, 2021

    By Aradhya Singh
    This app is good for chatting and calling.But, it wants many necessary updates. This app doesn't have much useful functions. You can't delete messages and can't reply to a message. If you want to delete, whole chat can be cleared only. Much more can be improved. I hope Google should focus on this app too.
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  • Great but... Nov 24, 2020

    By Milly Bobby Brown EL
    This app is great because my mom has a Samsung and so I can’t call her through my iPad so this app is great because you can communicate with anyone you want no matter what brand it is but than one day I got a message that said that Hangouts will be removing calling and that’s one of the BIG reasons I have this app and so I ended up just getting a different app called TextMe (5 star app) now they got a new app to call but it is sooooo complicated just to call one person and another bad thing about this app is that I never get the notifications for it so I always miss everyone’s call and than they get mad at me and start thinking that I’m ignoring them but I’m not and I went to my notifications for this app and it said that they were on and my ringer is ALWAYS all the way up so I wouldn’t get this app if your looking for an app with good calling because it is also really glitchy when I CAN call someone so like I said don’t get this app if your looking for a calling app by the way if you are reading up to here thank you so much for reading all of this you are a great person and I know that I wrote a lot but it is all filled with facts so I give this app a 3 star rating! Thanks for reading this! Bye!
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  • Having issues Jun 24, 2020

    By YMFDM
    I really like the app for the fact that it allows me to stay in contact with my girlfriend while she is deployed overseas to some less than desirable locations. What I don’t like is that the only way I get message notifications is if I have the phone unlocked and the app open. Otherwise, I have no idea when she sends a message. I’ve checked my notification settings many times. I’ve even deleted and reinstalled the app a couple times. Another minor annoyance is the refresh time. Most evenings I open the app on the phone and iPad both so we can have something close to a real-time conversation. I have to continually exit out of and re-enter the app on both devices in order to get the latest messages in a timely manner. If not, there may be a 30-90 second delay between when it shows up on one until it shows up on the other. For us this is a big issue because we have a very limited amount of time together when we get to chat. Maximizing the time available is quite important. Other than that, I think it’s pretty good.
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  • Jan 10, 2021

    By RL
    This is the only way me and most of my friends can all text, because some of us have phones while others have kindles or laptops. I do really enjoy using it, but there's a problem. When sending invites to join a private or group chat, it takes forever for the other person to see it. Sometimes they never see it at all. And when I get a chat on my second kindle it never shows up. I dont get the notifications for it and I have to individually check each chat. Please fix this!!
    more
  • Jan 22, 2021

    By James Cheyne
    I have been using Hangouts very successfully since its launch and now I'm told i need to sign in to Google Voice. I have tried and tried but I have failed since this app askes to me provide a US-based phone number that I don't have and I have been unable to buy time on Voice. The online instructions are not correct. Any suggestion for an alternative internet phone app, please?
    more
  • Dec 30, 2020

    By ꧁KawaiiAshleyChan //Itz Me Ashley //ッシジンゾリ꧂
    UGH! Google, hear me out. When i first started Hangouts, it was working perfectly, like a miracle. It was like that for days untli one day where it wouldn's stop stopping. I still get notifications, but it wouldn't let me enter the actual mobile app! FIX THIS NOW! NO, THIS ISN'T A JOKE! I'M TELLING YOU! FIX IT! Sorry if i was offensive, but still.
    more
  • Dec 31, 2020

    By Hilary Rowland
    Would be good but it's SO BUGGY! Often won't load anything or won't send photos, etc. Super buggy. I'm on a new Google Pixel phone too! Also, super basic. No privacy or read receipts. Update: None of the bugs have been fixed, years later, and now they're making it worse by removing Google voice sms and forcing us to use a separate app for that. I will be finding a Hangouts alternative (that has privacy!)
    more
  • Jan 5, 2021

    By Madhimalar
    I really loved this app in the beginning, but now I'm seriously disappointed. The app stops responding so frequently and the messages I send take a long time to be delivered and it doesn't sync with my PC when I use my PC to send messages through Hangouts. Google, If you can fix the bugs and stop the frequent glitching, I'd love that.
    more
  • Jan 23, 2021

    By OZcar jc
    Man, I remembered this app used to be good. Now it's garbage. The signal is now very poor, even though network connection is really fine. And now i switched to a different device, and I barely get any phone calls and messages. I got in big trouble for missing calls and messages, and it's because this app now sucks!! I'm disappointed 😠😞
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