Google Hangouts is a great place to get together remotely when it’s not an option to meet up in person. Whether you’re using the web version on your desktop or you’re logged into the app on your phone, Google Hangouts lets you chat to your contacts either via text conversations or via video calls (for which it now uses Google Meet).
But not all online get-togethers are as cordial as they could be, and it’s entirely possible to experience rudeness or even abuse from your contacts. You might be getting spammed by one of your contacts, or perhaps you have a few contacts you’ve added by mistake.
Whatever the reason, Google Hangouts lets you block contacts in just a few clicks. And the best part about it: your contact will never know you’ve done it.
How to Block in Google Hangouts on Desktop
Step 1. Open Google Hangouts in your internet browser.
Step 2. In the left hand pane, click on the conversations you had with the contact you want to block.
Step 3. Click the gear icon in the top right hand corner of the conversation window.
Step 4. Click Block & Report
Step 5. You now have the option to check the box Also report, before you click Confirm.
You’ve now successfully blocked the contact in Google Hangout.
How to Block in Google Hangouts on Mobile
Step 1. Open the Google Hangouts App on your mobile device.
Step 2. Go into the conversation with the contact you want to block.
Step 3. Tap the three dots to the right hand side of the title of the conversation.
Step 4. Tap on People.
Step 5. Find the contact you want to block and tap the three dots next to their name.
Step 6. Tap Block user.
Step 7. Confirm this action by tapping Block.
How to Unblock in Google Hangouts
Step 1. Open Google Hangouts.
Step 2. Click the three dots in the left hand menu for “More.”
Step 3. Open Settings.
Step 4. Click on Blocked people.
Step 5. Next to the contact’s name, click Unblock.
It’s important you protect yourself online, especially when using virtual meeting tools like Google Hangouts. To stay safe, blocking spammy, obsolete or abusive contacts is sometimes a necessary precaution to take. Thankfully, Google Hangouts makes this easy for you, even giving you the option to reverse the action if you change your mind later.