The internet users and Google lovers always wanted and needed a standalone messaging application from Google. It looks like now is the time that you can full fill that dream. I am sharing here a tutorial on how to download Hangouts for PC and use it as a standalone application on your Windows or Mac computer or laptop systems. Sounds good, huh?
You shouldn’t be falling in the trap of which app is number one, which one is at number three, rather, just find the one which looks best to you and get started. That’s the story of you with Hangouts (Android | iOS), a messaging application offered by Google which replaced our much-loved Gtalk.
Even with the 700 million or increasing number of users, WhatsApp has, it doesn’t touch the quality of features Hangouts offers. Surely, WhatApp may look better to you, but for me, it’s very annoying as anyone can find my profile and message me without my permission.
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If you feel the same, or just want to use Hangouts on PC due to any of your reason or need, then this tutorial is written solely for you. It will work on Windows 8 and 8.1 running systems as well. Windows XP users can also try it and see if their old system can handle the latest generation thing, but make sure the Service Pack 3 version is installed, rather than any other older version.
Hangouts for PC Review
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This is the second version of messaging application from Google. The first one was Gtalk which was used by almost every Google application users. But, that’s not the case with Hangouts right now. The application is normally used by Google+ users and by few other fanboys.
The reason I can come up for that failure (or not so successful career for the application) is that when Google updated the Gtalk and replaced it with Hangouts, then it never cleared how to use it with the existing users. The application was a major change in almost everything, which left everyone in confusion.
Even after owning the whole Android platform, and offering Hangouts application in every new device, Google is still not finding the app to become that popular. It even replaced the messaging app of Android with it.
If we can forget about that story, and just focus on the benefits, then this app from Google has a lot to offer like every other application or service. It got clean and elegant user interface, with every service working at an instant speed as it should be.
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The video and voice calls which can be made are with HD standard and it even allows multiple users to make a video call simultaneously. In many ways, it is a rival to Skype, which is currently owned by Microsoft.
This is the section where you will understand and find about a perfect computer that can help you use this application without facing any issues at all.
Unfortunately, BlueStacks doesn’t work for all the users. If you find yourself among them, then the experience will not be satisfying and to protect you from that situation, you should check out this guide I have already shared.
In that guide, you will find a perfect computer or laptop configuration which is best to run BlueStacks app player software smoothly. So, it is advised to check on to that before you get started with the exact process you are about to find.
How to Download Hangouts for PC
This is the part where you will learn how to get Hangouts installed. Unfortunately, there is no Hangouts standalone application for computer platforms yet, so the only choice we are left with is to install the Android application on the system.
To get that done, following instructions will help you throughout the process and I am sure you are ready to go through that.
Step 1 – The very first step is to of course download and install an Android emulator. I recommend using BlueStacks for this purpose because it is 100% legit, safe to use and works like butter. If you need help in installation, then check this link, select the platform and you will find very detailed instructions.
Step 2 – Start the software as it’s ready to use, and we will be installing Hangouts within itself. To do that, start using the Search tool as you see on very first screen to find ‘Hangouts’ application. You will find it for sure and then you have to click on Google play store link in the results.
Step 3 – Before that link can be opened, you have to login with a Google account. This will setup sync feature of the software and will also allow you to access Google’s ecosystem.
Step 4 – The moment that login part is done, the search results among Google play store will open up and you have to select the appropriate one from there.
Step 5 – Finally, the official listing of Hangouts will be ahead of you and your job will be to click on ‘Install’ option ahead. The app will begin installing on its own and you will soon have an ‘Open’ button to click and start the app.
Anytime again you wish to launch Hangouts app, you can find it under All Apps section of the BlueStacks software. I hope that you are good to go ahead.
Benefits of using Hangouts on computer/laptop
Officially, Hangouts application is available for Chrome, as an extension, among Google+ website and for smartphones and tablet devices. But, it isn’t available for PC platform as a Hangouts standalone application.
This was the reason why I shared this guide and it is the first benefit as you can use Hangouts on laptop or computer you own. It needs to run either Windows or Mac OS X operating system with compatibility matched.
The app can be used right from the system to make free voice calls, video calls, and for sending the traditional texts, with pictures, videos, etc. Not every kind of file is allowed to send through this service as Google has Gmail for that.
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Since, the PC has a better webcam, better internet connectivity and keyboard and mouse to type and navigate faster, so the experience of using the application will be way better than you can imagine right now.
Everything is over now from my side and I hope the application is also ready to use at your end. I hope you found this helpful and informative and so you are also going to share it with your social friends. Let me know what’s your experience with this method of using Hangouts on PC for free. Peace.