Hangout with your family around the world

No matter where you are deployed, you can always chat with your family using Google+ Hangouts. Just start a hangout and up to 9 people can join you for a group video chat from anywhere on earth.

Go to Google+ Hangouts

  1. Google+ Hangouts demo
  2. Organize family members 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 family members 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 family members (and anyone else!) who are already on Google+ and organize them however you want into your Google+ Circles. For example, you might create a circle for "Immediate family" and another for "Extended family."

    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 either 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.
    6. 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 "Immediate 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 click the Join hangout button, they’ll pop up in your hangout window.

  4. Start a hangout

    Here's how to start a hang out:

    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.
    7. 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 that's relevant to the conversation you're having.