Starting a Private Google Video Call Hangout with GMailIt may be confusing to some that a Google Video Call Hangout can be started without a Google+ account. Google Hangouts are available to anyone that has a GMail account. The following are the step by step details as to how to start a Google Video Call Hangout from a GMail Account. The first step is to sign in through GMail.
Step #1. Go to gmail.com and put in the correct username and password. If you do not have a GMail account use the create account box in the upper right hand corner of the screen. The following screenshot was taken in September 2013 so their might be some variability in the layout but there will always be a Sign In feature or a create an account box.
As you can see, there is the ability to add names, circles or email addresses. Recently, a function has been added to add telephone. In this box, simply type in the email address of the individual you are trying to start a private Google Hangout with. More advanced users can add participants to their Google+ circles but that will be discussed in another resource. For the most basic service, just type in the email address and the client or coworker will get an invitation through their email.
Step 3 – Invite participant(s) by name, circles or email address.
Below is the screen that becomes available once you click submit or cancel. Notice there is an option to invite people in the very middle of the browser as well as on the left hand side. Both of these tabs are clickable links that will bring up the previous screen that will allow a user to add names, circles or email address.
Step 4 – Enjoy a 100% private video conference Google Hangout. After completing steps one through three you will have access to a private Google Hangout video chat.
Precautions: Make 100% certain the participant does not share the invitation link to anyone. This link will allow an Google+ user to entire the private hangout chat. Under no circumstances should this link be shared by the invitee. If you want a completely private hangout make sure the client or coworker is aware of this before the event starts.
LawyerCams® thanks Google+ expert and copywriter +Jesse Wojdylo for his contribution to this post.