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How to adjust the volume of a Google Hangouts call, or mute your own microphone

Business Insider logo Business Insider 10/22/2020 stevenjohn23@gmail.com (Steven John)
It's easy to adjust the volume of your Google Hangouts calls. Isabella Paoletto/Business Insider © Isabella Paoletto/Business Insider It's easy to adjust the volume of your Google Hangouts calls. Isabella Paoletto/Business Insider
  • You can adjust the volume on a Google Hangouts call simply by adjusting the volume of the device you're using — there's no volume button in Google Hangouts itself. 
  • Google Hangouts does let you mute and unmute yourself within the platform, which stops all participants from hearing anything from your end.
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Google Hangouts is one of Google's many communication apps. Unlike others, however, Hangouts prioritizes video chatting over all else. This is useful if you want to talk face-to-face with someone you're not near.

However, one of the downsides of any sort of over-the-internet calling is that no one ever seems to know how loud they're speaking. And while you could keep adjusting your microphones until you hit the right volume, there's an easier method.

Here's how to adjust the volume in Google Hangouts, whether you're using the desktop app for Mac and PC, or the mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.

How to adjust the volume on a Google Hangouts call

Google Hangouts has no in-app volume control. This means that the way to change the volume in a Hangouts call is incredibly simple: just change the volume on your device.


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If you're using a computer, change your computer's volume. If you're using a mobile device, change your mobile device's volume. It's that simple.

a screen shot of a man: Changing your device's volume to adjust a Hangouts call's volume. Steven John/Business Insider © Steven John/Business Insider Changing your device's volume to adjust a Hangouts call's volume. Steven John/Business Insider

If you want to change your own volume, you'll have to either leave it up to others to adjust their devices, or mute yourself. When you mute yourself, your microphone will shut off, so no sound will come from your end.

You can mute yourself in both the desktop and mobile Google Hangouts apps by tapping the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen.

a man looking at the camera: The mute button is the only control you have over volume within Hangouts, and it only silences you. Steven John/Business Insider © Steven John/Business Insider The mute button is the only control you have over volume within Hangouts, and it only silences you. Steven John/Business Insider  

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