Most of the Android tablets available in the market have the Google Hangouts app installed by default. This handy application from Google allows users to voice chat, video chat, and text with other Hangouts users. The Hangouts app in your Android device is pretty much similar to other messaging or chat apps. However, what makes this app unique is that it allows you to connect with your Gmail contacts a lot more comfortably.
The Hangouts app in your tablet will be most likely lurking in the home screen of the device. If not, go to the Settings menu of your Android tablet and then select Apps. You will be now able to see the list of apps on your device. Scroll down through the list of apps until you see the Hangouts app. Android tablet users who are still not able to find this app on their device will need to download this app through the Android Play Store.
Let us assume that you already have the Hangouts app on your Android device; now all you have to do is to simply open the application. As this app is hooked into your personal Google account, you will be able to see the history of your previous Hangouts conversations on your tablet. If you wish to begin a new conversation with a friend, below is how to begin a text chat in the Hangouts app.
- Choose a contact from the Hangouts app or use the Add icon in it to fetch a new contact.
- If you are adding a new contact, then you will probably have to wait until the person accepts your request. That is, you can only send a message to him/her only after they have accepted your Hangouts request.
- Tap on the Send a Message This will automatically open the onscreen keyboard of your device to help you type the message.
- After you have finished typing your message, click on the Send
You will receive a message alert or notification on the top screen of your tablet when your friend texts you back through the Hangouts app or via Gmail account on a desktop PC. You can easily open the app from the notification panel itself, if you wish to continue the conversation with the person. However, it is significant to note that you will not receive any sort of Hangouts notifications on your tablet once you have logged out.