Google Hangouts on Air

Google Hangouts on Air can be very useful for delivering webinars or streaming lectures. Hangouts on Air also allows for guests to be invited to participate live.

After a Hangout on Air, the hangout will be available on YouTube.

Please note: If you wish to record a lecture at The University of Sheffield but do not require live streaming, please use MyEcho.

Please note: Hangouts on Air is currently unavailable on your University Google Account. If you wish to create a Hangout on Air, you must use a non-University Google account.

  1. Ensure your webcam and audio recorder are plugged in. If you are using an external audio recorder, ensure the device is set to “Audio I/F” or equivalent setting:IMAG0050
  2. Navigate to and login.
  3. If you have not already done so, create a Google+ account.
  4. Hover over the “Home” icon and navigate down to “Hangouts”Navigate to Hangouts
  5. Select “Hangouts on Air” from the 3 options at the top of the screenSelect Hangouts on Air
  6. Enter the details of your Hangout on Air. If you do not want the Hangout on Air to be publicy available to view, delete “Public” under “Audience”. You can invite people to join using their email addresses into the Audience field.  You can also choose whether you want to start the Hangout immediately, or schedule it until a later date. When you are ready to start, press “Share”. Enter your details
  7. Press “Start” to begin.Click Start
  8. Additional guests can be invited by entering the guests email addresses.Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.03.27
  9. Click the cog to set up your mic and cameraScreen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.04.31
  10. When you are ready, click “Start broadcast”. If you wish to share your screen or a presentation, click the screen share icon.
  11. You can mute or hide guests by clicking on the chevron on the guests screen in the bottom right hand corner of the window and choosing from the given options.Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.36.10
  12. When you wish to end the Hangout on Air, simply click “Stop Broadcast” in the bottom of the screenScreen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.48.15
  13. Once you close the window, you can click “Home” in the main navigation menu in Google Plus. You should see your Hangout on Air on your Home screen. This can be opened in YouTube, edited and shared.Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 16.10.26




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