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Google Hangouts video chats now open to those without a Google account

by Brandon Russell | November 19, 2015November 19, 2015 3:00 pm PDT


Not long after Skype opened up video chats to all, Google has gone and done the same thing for Hangouts. Now you can invite anyone to partake in a video chat, even if they don’t have a Google account.

It’s pretty straight forward: when you begin a video call, simply send a link to the person(s) you want to join, and that’s it. The person joining will need to provide a name, but no Google account is needed, making the service much more accessible. Frankly, this is something that should have been available from the beginning, but better late than never.

Opening Hangouts up means users can meet and converse with anyone; the way Google describes it, it sounds more tailored to people who use Hangouts for work purposes, but it’ll also come in handy for regular use. Hosts of the video chat will still have complete control over who joins and who doesn’t, but it’s now easier than ever to invite Grandma for a quick conversation about Thanksgiving plans.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...