How to Live Stream Hangouts


Google Hangouts can become a destination for more than video conferences with friends and family. Using Google Hangouts On Air, you can create a live broadcast shared with individuals as well as members of Google Circles. Hangouts On Air does more than live streaming, though. In case you want to promote or show your recording after the fact -- after all, some people may miss the live broadcast -- your broadcast automatically saves to your Google+ profile as well as to your YouTube channel.

  • Open your Hangouts page from your Google+ account (see link in Resources.) You will see a feed of On Air broadcasts that you can play, share or promote.

  • Click the “Start a Hangout On Air” icon in the top-right corner of the Hangouts On Air page. This will open a new browser window for your live stream. If this is your first broadcast, Google will ask you to download the plug-in for Hangouts On Air. Click the blue “Join” button to do some basic recording setup, which includes connecting your Google+ account to your YouTube account.

  • Name your Hangouts On Air broadcast. Invite people by inputting names, email addresses and Google Circles into the appropriate entry-field bar in the pop-up box that automatically displays in front of your broadcast.

  • Click the green “Start Hangout On Air” button on the button to the left of the pop-up to send invites and create your broadcast.

  • Live stream your recording once everyone has joined by clicking “Start Broadcast.”

Tips & Warnings

  • Google recommends using a major Web browser for Google Hangouts On Air, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. It asks that you use the most current version, but On Air will work with up to two preceding versions for each respective aforementioned browser.
  • For Hangouts On Air, you can use Mac OS X, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Chrome OS or Ubuntu (and other Debian-based Linux systems).
  • Make sure your webcam’s drivers are current to maximize performance and mitigate issues using On Air. Broadcast from a space with great lighting, and position yourself so that lighting comes from behind your back, not from behind the webcam.

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