Join a Hangout

A great way to be notified when you're invited to a Hangout is to install the Hangout extension for Google Chrome. Click here to go to the Chrome Web Store and install the extension.

Once installed, you will see the extension appear in the upper right corner of Google Chrome.

The Hangout extension looks like a green speech bubble.

When you click on the extension, it will open Hangouts in a small window in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This will show you any previous hangouts you have participated in as well as your current Google+ contacts. A contact that has a green line underneath their profile picture denotes that that contact is currently online. You can use the Hangouts extension to access Hangouts without having to move from the web site you're currently on.

When invited to a Hangout and you have the extension installed, the Hangout window will automatically appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen and a notification sound will play. This example shows an incoming video call:

Clicking "Answer" will open the new Google Hangout window. If this is the first time participating in a Google Hangout, you will be prompted to install the Hangout Plugin.

After the plugin has finished installed, you will be prompted to adjust your webcam and microphone settings if needed. 

When you're ready to enter the Hangout, click > Hangout.