You can answer Hangouts chats right from your desktop by installing the Hangouts desktop app. Now you won’t miss incoming chats and video calls if your Gmail window isn’t open or if your Chrome browser window is minimized.

To set up Hangouts:

  1. Go to the Hangouts desktop app.
  2. Click + ADD TO CHROME.
  3. Click Add.
  4. To start a Hangout:
  5. Click Hangouts in your computer’s taskbar to launch Hangouts on your desktop.
  6. Click the Search box and type people’s names
  7. Check the box next to each person you’d like to reach.
  8. When you’ve finished adding everyone, click Message or Video call.