So Google just released a new version of the Google+ app that has Hangout support. But how do I start a Hangout on my mobile phone?

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It's a bummer but currently you can't. You can only join a hangout from the phone. From the Google+ help:

On Hangouts for mobile, you have the ability to:

  • Join a hangout

You can't currently:

  • Start a hangout
  • Invite people to join a hangout

(The January 2012 update of the Google+ app changed this, however.)


That is actually not true. As of yesterday you can. Here are the instructions.

Make sure you have updated to the newest version of the G+ app. You should have version that came out yesterday.

From there you need to go to messenger and find the person you want to hangout with and send them a message. Once you send them a message you will see a hangout icon appear in the top right corner. See here for more information.


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