Start or join a video chat with up to ten people

Google+ Hangouts provides a great way to connect with others in a similar situation. Meet other people with loved ones in the military and chat with up to 9 people at once in a video hangout.

Go to Google+ Hangouts

  1. Google+ Hangouts demo
  2. Organize friends, family, acquaintances and more into Google+ circles
  3. Join a hangout to connect with other people
  4. Start a hangout
  5. Additional resources
  1. Google+ Hangouts demo

  2. Organize friends, family, acquaintances and more into Google+ circles

    To get started, sign up for Google+ at plus.google.com - it's free and anyone can join. You can then add friends and family who are already on Google+ and organize them however you want into your Google+ Circles. For example, you might create a circle for "Family" and another for "Neighbors."

    Here's how to create circles:

    1. Go to plus.google.com/circles.
    2. Select the people you want to include in your circle. You can select more than one person at a time by clicking on more than one name tile.

    3. Drag and drop the tiles into the blank circle that says Drop here to create a new circle.
    4. Each time you drop people into a circle, we'll display a number showing you how many people you've added. If you try to add someone to a circle they're already in, they won't be added again.
    5. To name your circle, click Create circle. A pop-up box will appear so you can enter the circle name. Circle names are visible only to you.

    You can put the same person into as many circles as you like. For example, your brother might belong in both your “Service Buddies” and “Family” circles. We'll notify a person that you've added them to a circle, but they won't be able to see the circle name or who else is in the circle.

  3. Join a hangout to connect with other people

    Hangouts are video chats with up to 9 people. You can join a hangout directly from your Google+ stream. Here's how:

    1. Download and install the voice and video chat plug-in.
    2. Go to plus.google.com
    3. Click the Join this hangout button in your Google+ stream.

    4. Your webcam will turn on and you'll be taken to a private "green room" where you can adjust your camera. (This is a good time to fix your hair.)
    5. Click +Add names, circles, or email addresses to invite more circles or individuals to hang out.
    6. Click the green Hang out button.
    7. As people also click the Join hangout button, they'll pop up in the hangout window.

  4. Start a hangout

    Here's how to start a hangout:

    1. Go to plus.google.com
    2. Click the Start a hangout button on the right side of your window.

    3. Your webcam will turn on and you'll be taken to a private "green room" where you can adjust your camera. (This is a good time to fix your hair.)
    4. Click +Add more people to invite particular circles or individuals to hang out.
    5. Click the green Hang out button. People you've invited will see your invitation in their Google+ stream or in their email inbox if they've enabled notifications.
    6. As people click the Join hangout button, they'll pop up in your hangout window.

    Want to add more people to your hangout? Just click Invite at the bottom of the window. You can also show or watch a YouTube video during your hangout.

    To learn more about Google+ Hangouts, visit the Google+ Help Center.