How to Block Someone on Google Hangouts?

Hangouts is a communication software that has been developed and distributed by Google. Although it was a side-feature of Google+, it became a standalone software in 2013. The software is available to be downloaded on the Apple App store and comes pre-installed on Android. Google has been orienting the software more towards enterprise communication.

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The software comes in two versions, the Google Hangouts Meet and the Google Hangouts Chat. In this article, we will teach you the method to block a contact on it. For that purpose, we will be demonstrating the steps for almost all the operating systems on which the software is available. Follow the steps for your respective operating system and make sure to follow them accurately to avoid conflict.

How to Block Someone on Google Hangouts?

Hangouts is available on almost all the major operating systems and can be used through some of the most popular browsers as well. Therefore, we have devised the guide in such a way that we have listed the steps for almost all the major operating systems.

For a Browser on Windows and Mac:

Since Hangouts isn’t available on Windows and Mac as standalone software, it is used mostly through the browsers. These browsers allow the user to integrate the Hangouts software on different Google Sites as well. To block someone:

  1. Launch your browser and open a new tab.
  2. Navigate to this link.
  3. Sign in to your Hangouts account.
  4. Open the conversation with the contact that you want to block.
  5. Click on the “Settings” cog on the top right corner.

    Clicking on the “Settings” cog
  6. Select the “Block & Report” option.

    Selecting the “Block & Report” option
  7. You can choose to either report them to Google as well or skip that.
    Note: If you choose to report them, a copy of their last 10 messages will be sent to Google.
  8. If you want to report, check the “Also Report” box, if you don’t leave it unchecked and click on the “Confirm” button.

    The “Also Report” option
  9. The person will now be blocked from communicating with you.

For Android:

The Hangouts application comes preinstalled on most Android mobiles. Therefore, blocking someone on Hangouts is done through the application. For that:

  1. Launch the Hangouts application.
  2. Tap on the conversation with the person that you want to block.
  3. After the conversation has been opened, Tap on the “Three Dots” and select “People”.

    Clicking on the three dots in the top right corner
  4. Click on the name of the person that you want to block and select the “Block” option.

    Selecting the “Block” option
  5. The person will now be blocked from sending you any messages.

For iPhone/iPad:

The Hangouts application is available to be downloaded from the Apple app store. The method to block someone differs a bit for it as well.

  1. Open the Hangouts app.
  2. Click on the “Conversations” option below.
  3. Open any conversation from the list.
  4. Click on the “Three Dots” on the top right corner and select “People”.
  5. Select the person that you want to block from the list and tap on the “Block” button.
  6. Confirm the prompt by tapping on the “Block” button.
  7. The person will now be blocked from sending you any messages.

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