I found my own solution to it. Here are the instructions:
Open hangouts. Click on the menu (three lines on top left corner of hangouts).
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Click on settings. Click on your email account, on which you want to control notifications
Click on Notification under the given options.
Uncheck the sound or vibrate option to disable/enable ...
According to Google, this functionality is no longer available unless you enable group MMS. Unfortunately, MMSs are much more expensive for me and aren't displayed correctly on some older feature phones.
Once again, Google doesn't care about non-Google communication protocols, possibly in an attempt to force people onto Google products or out of sheer ...
The phone came with Google Talk, then Google forced the update to Google Hangouts.
You need to remove all Hangouts updates in Google Play, then reboot and Hangouts will disappear from the application list and Talk be back. Talk can then be disabled in Settings -> Apps -> All.
Re-installing the 'Google Play Services' updates solved the problem for me.
Simply go to Manage Apps → Google Play Services and press Uninstall Updates. Now if you start Google Hangouts again it will ask you to update Google Play Services. If you do so, it will bring up Google Play where you can install the update.
After this, Google Hangouts started ...
Share and delete your photos from Hangouts messages and Google Voice MMS:
You can delete photos that you sent through a Hangouts message or
through a Google Voice multimedia message in Hangouts. You'll need to
delete the photos from Picasa Web Albums.
Even if you delete a photo in your Picasa album, if you sent it
through a multimedia message, ...
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 22.214.171.124969 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 ...
You can delete the photos via the Google+ app or web interface. From the left-hand menu, click Photos. If you haven't turned on auto-upload and don't want to, click Not now to get rid of the prompts. Then, if you're in the app, open the menu that slides in from the left again, and choose Albums from the menu; or in the web interface, click More on the top, ...
They go to your Download folder by default, typically at /sdcard/Download. Note that this may not necessarily be a physical SD card (e.g. on devices that don't have an SD slot it's emulated).
From a practical standpoint, if you need to access them on your device, just open the Gallery or Photos app. The picture will appear in either of those as long as you ...
As Izzy pointed out in the comments, the package name of Hangouts is the same as the one for Google Talk: com.google.android.talk. Therefore, even if Talk was built in to your ROM, it should be 'overlaid' by Hangouts.
However, it's possible that there's some Google Talk service that didn't get killed by the upgrade process. If that's the case, a simple ...
View the Hangout of the unknown contact
In the lower left hand corner of the Hangout screen, you'll notice a small icon to the left of the text box. If you tap that, 2-3 options will be available: "Hangouts," "Mobile (via SMS)," or "Mobile (via Google Voice)." Select "Mobile (via SMS)."
Open the overflow menu (three dots in the top right corner) and select ...
If you keep using the Google Voice app for texting, it doesn't matter if you activate SMS via Hangouts. However, any texts you send out of Hangouts will go through your Verizon number, incurring carrier charges.
If you are running CyanogenMod 11 ROM, you may want to look into Voice+. It's a custom app that allows you to pipe all "regular" SMS through ...
Google Voice (the service) doesn't support this. Until Google adds this feature there's no way to do it.
This limitation is not specifically noted anywhere official, to my knowledge. However, Voice receives group messages from supported carriers the same way it sends them - as independent messages - and this has been officially stated. Mayur Kamat (the ...
If you long press on either hangout (MOIP or SMS), then press on the other one you should get an option to merge them. This should then give you the option to send either from the same hangout.
There is also a setting within Settings > SMS to Enable merged conversations which needs to be enabled.
It looks like GCM Push Notifications don't work with IPv6. I disabled IPv6 entirely in my router and now everything is fine. Though IPv6 was enabled for the past two years and I didn't have any kind of issue. Let's hope a Play Services update fixes it.
this doesn't work? I haven't tried it, because I don't have hangouts on my phone.
Sign out of Hangouts
TIP: If you don’t want to receive notifications, enable Snooze notifications.
Touch Menu > Settings > Touch your Google account > scroll to the bottom and touch Sign out.
It looks like there is an issue with Hangouts app that causes notifications for new conversations with a given contact to be disabled by default, with no way to override this setting. On the Conversations tab, these are denoted by a bell with a strike-through:
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Once you open such a conversation you will see a message in red saying "...
I found this post on a google product forum and it worked for me. After you follow the steps, if it helps, I used the following service to send a test text message to my phone knowing it wouldn't be in my contacts and IT WORKED :)
Found a solution trying to fix this problem. This will give you ...
For those asking for a clearer, illustrated answer:
Click on the (+) New conversation
On the right hand of the search box, click on the really-nonobviously-a-modality-switch phone icon:
Search will now be limited to your Google contacts.
Presumably some designer made a bizarre choice to use a phone call icon to represent the phone address book.
Unfortunate that this question had never received any love. Despite it being an entire year later, this functionality is not available as a feature in the Hangouts app on Android, iOS, or the web.
Here is the most relevant discussion from the Google Hangouts Product Forum
Thank you for your feedback!
Yes you are right, there isn't such a button yet. I ...
As far I know you can't add people directly from a Hangouts chat. You will need their email atleast. If you have their email ID, Open Gmail and open Contcts. Then click "Add contact" and add people with their appropriate emails.
You can't change this. In Android, the app can tell the keyboard (or input method) what extra actions to show (such as Send). The app can also specify that the text field can only hold single-line text, as in this case.
What you could do is switch to a different keyboard app. You might be able to find one that puts the action in a different place (not in ...
So this turned out to be a pretty easy fix, once it dawned on me what it was.
I just recently installed the Xposed framework, and the XPrivacy module.
When I uninstalled the old Hangouts, it must have deleted all the old permission settings in XPrivacy, and then when I reinstalled it, it defaulted to maximum restriction.
With access to the phone ...
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.)
If a reboot doesn't solve the problem, such as in my case (HTC Desire HD), try going to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All > Hangouts and tap "Clear Cache" and "Clear Data". Go back, open Hangouts again and it will sign you back in. You may need to verify your number again, but that got rid of the duplicate notifications for my case.
This is now fixed in the latest release of Hangouts:
Fixed a problem where you could receive two notifications for a message: one from Hangouts, one from the old Talk app.
The new version details are below:
June 6, 2013
2.3 and up
the availability option has been deprecated in hangout. To make yourself invisible or so, either you have to downgrade to gtalk or the easiest way you can do this by going to your gmail account from your pc. There you should find this availability option.