How to Enable the New Hangouts Feature for Google Apps Administrators

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Education | One Comment

May 15, 2013 – Mountain View, CA. Google Throws it’s Hat in the Messaging Ring at I/O 13 with New Google Hangouts

Google announced that it will be competing with iMessage and Facebook Messanger directly when it unvieled a new integrated messaging strategy at Google I/O 13. The new application comes with a new standalone iOS and Android applications, a Chrome application, as well as deeper integration into the Google+ ecosystem.

Many startups utilizing Google Apps for Business will need to first enable the new hangouts functionality in order to test the new features. Without enabling the features Google Apps for Business users will see the following error:

Hangouts has not been enabled for your account. Please contact your administrator to enable this service.

In order to enable the new hangouts feature for Google Apps administrators, the administrator will need to visit their domain admin panel ( and login as an administrator.

Once there it is simply a matter of flicking the right switches. Visit Settings -> Talk -> Org Settings  and then ‘enable the new Hangouts for messaging and video calls.’



Let us know in the comments what you think of the new Google Hangouts!

  • Steve Guzman

    Screenshots are a little outdated, but thumbs up. I got it worked out.