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Google Hangouts Help Centre

Google Hangouts is a communications service that allows you to initiate or participate in text, voice, or video chats. Hangouts are built into Google+, Gmail, and mobile Hangouts apps. It offers various features to enhance collaboration and communication. 

  • Hold impromptu video meetings on the go.
  • Participate in virtual training classes from around the world.
  • Exchange chat or messages with multiple people across the globe. 

  Learn how to use Google Hangouts with Google Hangouts Guide

Popular Questions

Ryerson went live with G Suite on October 9, 2012 but did not enable the use of Google Hangouts until January 23, 2017. Hangouts was enabled after improvements to Google’s default settings were made in accordance with the university’s privacy policy. 

Hangouts is an app that allows you to send instant messages to individuals and groups of up to 150 people as well as to video conference and share your screen with up to 25 people.

To access Hangouts:

  • Log into and find Hangouts under the Apps tab.
  • If you’re using Gmail in a browser, find Hangouts on the left-hand side, below your Gmail labels.
  • Via the apps icon in the upper right-hand corner of any Google application - be sure to click More.

Select Hangouts from the “Apps” tab on the my.ryerson portal.

Some features are only available to Ryerson Gmail users, including:

  • the ability to start instant messaging chats from within Gmail.
  • the ability to quickly find all emails exchanged with your contacts listed in Hangouts.

Video calls on Google Hangouts can be useful for holding online meetings when in-person meetings aren’t possible. Video calls are similar to other tools available at Ryerson such as Adobe Connect, but with fewer features. If you have a camera and microphone for your computer or device, you can start a video call with up to 25 colleagues and share your screen or files from Google Drive.

A video call FAQ is available at the Google Help Center, external link.