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Instant messaging and video chat

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You can use the Google Hangouts™ instant messaging and video chat application on your device to chat with friends who also use the application on computers, Android™ devices and other devices. You can turn any conversation into a video call with several friends, and you can send messages to friends even when they are offline. You can also view and share photos easily.

Before you start using Hangouts™, make sure that you have a working Internet connection and a Google™ account. Go to and click the "Hangouts on your Android" link to get more detailed information about how to use this application.

NoteThe video call function only works on devices with a front camera.
Hangouts overview in Sony Smartphones
1 Start a new chat or video call
2 Options
3 List of contacts

To start an instant message or a video call

  1. From your Home screen, tap Icn sony home apptray normal .
  2. Find and tap Hangouts.
  3. Tap Icn sony browser add, then enter a contact name, email address, phone number or circle name and select the relevant entry from the suggested list.
  4. To start an instant messaging session, tap Icn sony hangouts message.
  5. To start a video call, tap Icn sony hangouts video.

To reply to a chat message or join a video call

  1. When someone contacts you on Hangouts, Icn sony hangouts message notification or Icn sony hangouts video notification appears in the status bar.
  2. Drag the status bar downwards, then tap the message or video call and begin to chat.

To learn more about Hangouts™

  • When the Hangouts™ application is open, tap Icn sony key menu, then tap Help.
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