How Do I Set Up a Google Hangout on Air?

Google Hangouts on Air is a great way to meet as a group when you are in different geographical locations. To set up a Hangout on Air, you will need to have a Google account, and the Google account must be linked to a YouTube channel. If you do not have a Google account, start with the section titled Setting Up a Google Account. If you already have a Google account that is linked to a YouTube channel (most google accounts from recent years are) jump straight to Setting Up a Google Hangout on Air. If you have already done a Hangout on Air in the past jump right to Start a Hangout on Air (Normal Process).

Setting Up a Google Account

YouTube.com

Navigate to YouTube.com.

Sign In

Click Sign in.

Create Account

Click Create Account.

1. Insert your information.

2. Click Next Step.

Agree to Terms

Read and agree to Google's terms.

Verify Account

1. Insert your phone number into the 'Phone number' field.

2. Choose whether to receive a text message or voice call for verification.

3. Click Continue.

Insert Verification Code

1. Insert the verification code obtained on your phone.

2. Click Continue.

Continue to YouTube

Click Continue to YouTube.

First Time Setting Up a Google Hangout on Air

NOTE: The first time you set up a Hangout on Air, you will need to enable live streaming and verify your account.

YouTube.com

Navigate to YouTube.com.

Enter Creator Studio

1. Click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. Click Creator Studio.

Live Streaming

Select Live Streaming on the left-hand sidebar.

Create Channel (if prompted)

Read YouTube's Terms of Service. If you agree to them, select Create Channel.

Events

Click on Events under Live Streaming in the left navigation bar.

Enable Live Streaming (only required to do this once)

Click Enable live streaming.

NOTE: You are only required to do the next few steps the first time you set up a Hangout on Air. Skip down to Create Live Event if this is not your first time setting up a Hangout on Air.

Verify Account (only required to do this once)

Verify your YouTube account with your phone.

Agree to Terms and Conditions (only required to do this once)

Read the terms and conditions and if you agree to the terms, select I Agree.

Create Live Event

Click Create Live Event or New Live Event

Create a New Event

  1. Input the information for the live event.
  2. Be sure to set the privacy settings to Unlisted.
  3. Change the Event Type to > Quick (using Google Hangouts on Air)
  4. Click >Go Live Now

NOTE: It is not necessary to add participants to the Hangout at this stage. This is addressed a few steps later.

Install Plugin (if prompted)

If prompted, install the Google Hangouts plugin.

Confirm Hangout

Click OK to confirm commencement of the Hangout on Air.

Invite Participants

Copy the Hangouts window's URL and send it to participants in the Hangout. This is how they join the Hangout on Air.

Start Broadcast

Click Start broadcast.

NOTE: It may take up to one minute for the Start broadcast button to appear on the screen.

Stop Broadcast

To end the broadcast, click Stop broadcast.

Start a Hangout on Air (Normal Process)

YouTube.com

Navigate to YouTube.com.

Enter Creator Studio

1. Click on your profile picture in the upper-left corner of the screen.

2. Click Creator Studio.

Live Streaming

Select Live Streaming on the left-hand sidebar.

Events

Click on Events under Live Streaming in the left navigation bar.

New Live Event

Click >New Live Event

Create a New Event
  1. Input the information for the live event.
  2. Be sure to set the privacy settings to Unlisted.
  3. Change the Event Type to > Quick (using Google Hangouts on Air)
  4. Click >Go Live Now

NOTE: It is not necessary to add participants to the Hangout at this stage. This is addressed a few steps later.

Confirm Hangout

Click OK to confirm commencement of the Hangout on Air.

Invite Participants

Copy the Hangouts window's URL and send it to individuals you would like to participate in the Hangout. This is how they join the Hangout on Air.

Start Broadcast

Click Start broadcast.

NOTE: It may take up to one minute for the Start broadcast button to appear on the screen.

Stop Broadcast

To end the broadcast, click Stop broadcast.

Find a Hangout on Air Recording

YouTube.com

Navigate to YouTube.com.

Enter Creator Studio

1. Click on your profile picture in the upper-left corner of the screen.

2. Click Creator Studio.

Live Streaming

Select Live Streaming on the left-hand sidebar.

Events

Click on Events under Live Streaming in the left navigation bar.

Filter to Past Events
  1. Click >Upcoming to pull down a menu
  2. Select >Completed
Select Recording

Click on the video thumbnail or title to go to the video page. From the video page you should be able to share the link or copy the embed code to play in your course.

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