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You Can Finally “Send a Hangouts Message” With Your Voice in Google Now

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That title isn’t clickbait. I’m not even kidding with this one. You can say “send a Hangouts message” in Google Now, with your voice, and it will actually send a message in Hangouts with your voice. I don’t know when this went live, but it’s live. It will ask who you want to send it to, then what your message is, before confirming that you want to send. We aren’t talking SMS here – this is legitimate Hangouts messaging with your voice.

You still think I’m joking, I know. I get why you would think that I’m joking. Seriously, though, go try it.

You can finally send a Hangouts message with your voice in Google Now. 

Cheers Cameron!
  • I always use Hangouts. I use voice when synced w/ my Android Wear device.

  • About time.

  • Erick Wright

    It worked for me

  • Indianajonze

    This might have been introduced with the new google search update from a day or so ago. Didn’t get that yet and didn’t side load, and when I say ” send a hangouts message” it opens up browser articles…

    • Indianajonze

      ok so i installed the new search update. still no go…

  • thePUSH

    Doesn’t work for me. anything I should try?

    • TR1

      Probably needs new Hangouts or GN. My N6 doesn’t do it either

  • dcdttu

    Likely getting everything ready for Android Auto, I assume.

  • Joel Sieplinga

    Worked first try on Droid Turbo. If someone wants to send me a 360, I’d be willing to test that too!

  • Louis Justman

    Why no on android wear 🙁

  • Terry West

    Can they please just give it Material design, please!! This UI is so bland!!!

  • This wasn’t there before? I’ve been able to respond with voice on my Moto 360 for a while, never really tried sending a message, but as I remember, you could do it with Google Now and Google Voice, I’m surprised Google Hangouts didn’t have support.

    • redbar0n11

      Reply, yes. Initiate, no.

  • Peter Larson

    you should have titled this post “You can send a Hangouts message in Google Now now”

  • Spazmonic

    Yet still can’t send a video in Hangouts

  • Maff Mace

    Doesn’t work here, just updated the Google app too. Is it a US only thing? It just searches Google

  • Sweet

  • Erstam

    I stopped using my wear watch because of frequent Google server errors. But if they get this working on wear plus let me send gv texts with wear I might use it again.

  • Michael Quinlan

    Not working here with Hangouts 3.0.87531466 and Google app on 2013 Nexus 7, Android 5.0.2. That’s okay though. If it works like sending a text, I’ll tell it to send a text while driving, and when Google Now confirms it will ask “do you want to send this?” without reading it back to me, which borders on useless. I’m working out the final kinks in my own Hangouts via voice solution using Tasker and AutoVoice, which actually reads back the message as part of the confirmation. Until Google’s solution arrives on my phone, and works as well as or better than my own, I’ll stick with my own.

  • Hohlraum

    Doesn’t work. >:( 😉

  • M C

    If only hangouts worked with mms when you were on wifi 🙁

    • Erstam

      It does. I do it all the time. Use airplane mode with just Wi-Fi at work and it never had a problem since they integrated mms.

      • mmark27

        only if you use Google Voice. He means through Carrier WiFi calling (Sprint or Tmobile). Hangouts does NOT work for this.

        • Erstam

          Oh. Gotcha.

  • Ryan

    Its a start. Now I need it to be a default so when I say “send a message” it sends an SMS through hangouts (google voice) and then when I say “send a hangout” it sends it through hangouts. Or better yet, Just have “send a message” default to hangouts and it use whatever method I had previously used with that person.

    • Erstam

      Yes this is what needs to haired next. I figured with this command it would send the message through whatever method you last used hangouts with for that contact (GV, carrier sms, or instant message), but it doesn’t :(.

  • Sean Rowe

    I thought you were going to say: Finally you can send videos in Hangouts

  • Jeff Idol

    Nice, but not working from Moto 360….

  • subiedude85

    Maybe I’ll finally get readouts while I’m driving on my moto x from hangouts

  • Swauger

    That’s pretty awesome!

  • M. Shaaban

    Worked like a charm. I have Google App, maybe you need to update to that to get it working. You can get the apk from here http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-search/google-app-4-3-10-88581490-arm-android-apk-download/

  • Chris Dartois

    I dunno what kind of voodoo you pulled for it to work on your phone, but I get nothing my KK G3 nor my Lolli N5. Maybe someday …

    • tomn1ce

      Works great on my vrz Note 3 on KK 4.4.4 I just tried it after reading the post. The only problem with mine is that I have hangout locked and I have to unlock it for the message to be sent.

  • djjsin

    Tried it. Didn’t work on my moto x 1st gen. It understood me just fine, but only searched google for “send a hangouts message”

    • Rob

      Same here.

      • Magistos

        Same on my Galaxy Note 4

    • Jiffylush

      I just tried it on my first gen Moto X and it worked like a champ, will wait to try it on my 360 because talking to my phone is enough weirdness at work for one day.

      • redbar0n11

        I just tried it on my 360. No go.

  • Nice! Now we just need Google Voice support, and we’re set.

    • tomn1ce

      I have hangout as my default messaging app and every message that is sent out even using my GV number gets sent out through hangout… You haven’t set your device to send your GV Messages through hangout? It would be nice if Google wakes the heck up and brings the ability of making calls with GV without having to install a 3rd party app.

      • Try sending a text via voice commands, especially from Wear, and see what number it uses. Spoiler: it won’t be your GV number, no matter what your defaults are.

        And yes, looking forward to them giving us the calling abilities without needing the Gingerbread app.

        • tomn1ce

          good catch…I didn’t noticed that when I sent out the text this morning…

  • Eric Bourlet

    Did not work on Droid Maxx

  • Tentacle

    I wish it would read back the message to you so you know if it transcribed it correctly. Have sent too many gibberish messages and didn’t know until after I parked the car and looked

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  • Austin_tacious

    Too bad it still doesn’t work via Android Wear.

    • Damn. I was hoping. That’s what I actually needed.

      • inklenotrump

        that’s what I thought was fixed here 🙁

      • Simon Belmont

        This. I thought for sure it would work.

        I guess we’ll have to wait for a Wear update. Or maybe just Wear’s version of Google Play Services.

  • Jose Romero

    So you are saying we can finally send Hangouts messages with our voice?

    • Maybe. 😛

      • Franklin Ramsey

        What magic is this?

      • Mike

        THIS DOESN’T WORK!!!!

  • “OK Google, revamp the Hangouts UI.”

    • ^^^^

    • backslashV

      true story!

      • Jared Denman

        I use hangouts because I use google voice for everything now since I use data only.

        • Jérôme Besnard

          What phone and network do you use?

        • Mordecaidrake

          I still use Hangouts, no point in having multiple apps tracking the same thing.

          • Jérôme Besnard

            Same here even though the UI is not good. it’s so bad my wife (who has GV as well), went back the the google Voice app for her text.

            • Mordecaidrake

              I have zero issues with the TXT/MMS, I thought it worked well haha

        • I stopped using Messenger when I discovered Textra and AwSMS

          • Picaso86

            Where is that AwSMS???

            • It’s in alpha right now but they have the expandable heads up notification where you can type your reply right in the heads up deal. It’s broken right now and it’s the only reason it’s not my daily driver. As soon as they get that fixed I’ll ditch Textra

      • Scott Tilney

        People use Hangouts? Everyone I know is uses Verizon Messages for messaging

        • Keith

          People use Verizon Messages? Everyone I know is uses Hangouts for messaging

        • tomn1ce

          Most of the people I know use Whatsapp or their device/carrier messaging app. I use Hangout in combination with GV since I’ve been using it since it came out unless I had to send a MMS than I would use the verizon messaging app. ….and whatsapp with those who use this one.

        • Neel

          What the eff is verizon messages? LOL

          • Zach Cline

            Verizon bloatware lol

        • I use Verizon since I can access it through the web. Once Hangouts will access SMS through the web I will switch but not until then.

          • jnt

            You can text from the web with Verizon Messages? I had no idea… that actually makes it semi-appealing…

            • John Kitchen

              The best part is you don’t even have to use the Verizon Messages app on your phone to do it! I use the Google Messenger app for my SMS but I can still log into my VZW account and text from my PC. It’s actually really cool. I also use it to text from my tablet.

            • Chris Hannan

              You can call and text with Hangouts on the web, and any Android and iOS device.

              I call and text from my Moto X, iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2, Nexus 4, Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, and MacBook Pro.

            • William Kister

              You can only use your Google Voice Number though. If you have Pushbullet though, you can use whatever messaging app you have to use your carrier number.

          • Lactose_the_Intolerant

            Mighty Text is a free app that lets you text from your PC browser & tablet… very handy !

            • jnt

              Every time I try MightyText I love it until it stops working right or something hangs. It just hasn’t been as reliable as I’d like it to be to use for texting. I might give it a try again as it’s been a few months.

          • ostensibly

            Motorola connect is a web interface too, if you’re on a motorola phone.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I use Messenger. Verizon Messages… I can’t even deal with that comment. Yes, I know a lot of people use it since it comes on pretty much all Verizon Phones as the default messenger.

    • Jaxon Wright

      Not working. Do I need an updated Google Search?

      • Hmmm, not sure. Let me check my version numbers on Hangouts and Google Search.

        Edit: Hangouts is 3.0.87531466 and Google app is

        • Jaxon Wright

          I’m on for Search and 3.0.87531466 Hangouts on a 2014 Moto X 5.0

          • Malie Uchiha

            Same. It’s probably server side

        • yochanan

          It’s a server side change. It may or may not require the latest Play Services ( & Google App (4.3,10.88581490) updates to finish rolling out.

        • Bill Van

          Google Now and Voice Search are now 4.3 version. Head over to Android Police for the download.

      • Sevares

        Could be a partial deployment. Server side switch since it doesn’t show up in the latest APK teardowns.

    • The Rock

      Oh my god! How long have I waited for this. All I can say is it’s about time

    • Tac

      I assume this means I can send a hangouts message with my voice on my moto 360 now. If so, about time! We just need to be able to modify the quick responses now.

      • Austin_tacious

        Nope. Tried it several ways

        • Eyebolt

          Same here…the fun part is that all it did was bring up this article.