Up to 150 people can be in a Google Hangout chat at once, but only 25 can video chat — here's a full guide

By Steven John

With Google Hangouts, a large group of people can be connected despite distance and different types of hardware. 

A Hangouts session can consist of chatting, audio calls, live video, or a blend of all these options. 

Video Hangouts calls can be shared by up to 25 people, while as many as 150 participants can come together for a text-based meeting. 

To start a Hangouts session with a group of people from your computer, follow these steps.

How to start a Google Hangout 

1. Go to https://hangouts.google.com on your Mac or PC.

2. Click on the Contacts icon at the left side of your screen.

How many people can be in a Google Hangout
You can save a group you create in Google Hangouts for quick access later.
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3. Click "New conversation," then click "New group."

4. Add each contact you want included, then click the checkmark icon to create the group. 

You will now have a text Hangouts window created. At the top of that window is a camera icon which can be used to initiate a video call with the group. 

During a Hangouts call, you can add new participants by sending an invite via the icon of a plus symbol (+) beside a  person.

How many people can be in a Google Hangout
You can invite people from this window.
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On mobile, you can start a Hangout by tapping the plus symbol in the green circle at the bottom right of the app, and then reach out to a single contact or create a group. The plus symbol person icon can also be used to add people to the session in real time when using the app.

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