Download: All new Hangouts v2 extracted and ready for installation

Hangouts v2 for Android SMS

Here it is, folks. Extracted straight from the Nexus 5’s freshly-made-available factory image, the all new Hangouts v2. This is the one Google made a big deal about during their Google+ event, and it’s now finally available for download and installation.

Download: Hangouts v2

The new Hangouts v2 brings SMS integration, GIFs and more into the already stellar messaging experience. Enjoy.

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  • Brian Menius

    I’ve been seeing chatter that the version on the N5 only functions on the N5- is this not true? I generally download .apks willy-nilly and install them when they’re Google apps, but in this case… not sure.

    • Chris Chavez

      Not. True. At all.

      • Brian Menius

        Cool. On it!

    • Martin Golder

      You could then just uninstall it if it did happen to not work of course? Go on, be a bit more nilly with your willy . . . . So to speak.

    • Lou_Sasshole

      I can confirm that it’s working on my LG G2 :)

    • Chris Edwards

      I can confirm it works on my HTC Droid DNA and on my 2012 Nexus 7 with no issues at all. Tried to put it on my wife’s Note 2 but got slapped…apparently she rather get it when it goes into the play store lol.

  • Xaviour

    Thanks, Chris. I knew you’d deliver!

  • MichaelTolly

    If it constantly force closes on you, clear the apps data. Had to with my Note 3.

  • James Sloan

    yes!! thank you chris! totally works on verizon gnex and SOO much smoother!

  • Kofi Williams

    It works on my s3 on 4.2 so that’s awesome

  • O’s Fan91

    If I use this for SMS will it use my cell number or Google Voice # ?

    • Brian Menius

      Cell, unless you’re on Sprint and have the GV integration through them. If you have that, Idunno.

    • Errol

      Nope really everything’s the same except your SMS to your normal mobile number syncs with Hangouts and you can send from there.

  • Cesar Ortiz


  • collin ferreira

    pumped, side note, just noticed that on my moto X all I have to say is OK Google to start everything up, no more OK Google Now. Much better

  • Martin Golder

    Seems to be working fine on my G2.

    Oddly can’t delete one specific contact in my ‘suggestions’ tab. A contact I really don’t wanna have to see every time I use the app. All other suggestions delete, just not that one. Damn.

  • Noah SONG

    works as it should on my nexus 4. this app should be like this for very long time,.

  • Itchy_Robot

    Awesome, thanks man!

  • Marcos Peña

    Does v2 have read receipts like iMessage? Any info on emoji support?

    • Schaweet

      Yes to read receipts and emojis built in. Loving it!

      • Marcos Peña

        But the read receipts only work if the person you’re messaging has Hangouts as well?

        • Marcos Peña

          And the emojis are awesome. Finally!

  • Cory

    Works on Droid RAZR M.

    Not really sure I like how it doesnt nest or thread Hangout messages and SMS messages with the same person together. Also seems to only be reading contact images from Google+ right now and not locally from the phone.

    Now we just need the web app.

  • Itchy_Robot

    This is fucking tight. Exactly what I was hoping for. Awesome work Googs!
    Now, when they get true VOIP calls integrated like the iOS version, this will be perfect.

  • Nee Austin

    Emoji’s seem to have to reload from floppy drive after switching categories. (HTC One)

    • Canon User

      Oh how you just showed your age..

  • Kam Siu

    OMG LOVE IT!!! finally..

  • Paul_Werner

    When you call to a US land line via Hangouts v2 it falls back to the stock phone app. Does that mean it’s still initiating the call via your carrier (using your minutes on your plan) or via Hangouts (Voip)?

    • Brandon

      It will still use your carrier number, until they integrate google voice, hangouts won’t use voip is my understanding.

      • Sebastiaan van den Berg

        There is no calling integration as of yet. They said Google Voice will be integrated in the future.. but that could be months…

        • Paul_Werner

          Ugh, well the wait continues. I’ve been waiting for this for a while. Not that I use many minutes but it would be nice to use data for calls on my $30 100min T-Mobile plan

          • Sebastiaan van den Berg

            I agree with you hopefully sooner than later.

    • JSet12

      I’m bummed by this… the iOS version supposrt VoIP, but not this new and improved version for Android? I’m disappointed.

    • UMA_Fan


  • marefin386

    seems to run really slow and lags – htc one

    • icvos

      Same phone no lag but i app sucks teet without multidevice syncing and hangout and sms threading. Uninstalled

    • Alberto_jr

      especially when you first open the app. besides that everything works perfectly…still a bit annoying

  • bhake

    Sweet, thanks for sharing the download. FYI, when someone sends me a mms to my sprint google voice number, i still cannot get it (as before). Only if they send it to my real (non google voice) sprint number i can receive the mms through sprint. But I can send and receive sms text with my google voice number with the new Hangouts app. Its a start, but still a mess. Looks like it will be a several months before its all integrated in one glorious app. My non-techy friends have a confused look on their face when I tell them they cant send me a mms to my (gv) phone number. lol. In other words, if you don’t use google voice, this app rocks! :)

  • Errol

    Thanks for this. Been looking for a download. It works well but really a bummer I don’t see it syncing across my computer. If it doesn’t then this isn’t that great… yet (i’m sure it will eventually).

    • Chris Edwards

      Yeah, I do wish it would sync SMS across all devices. Still, helps decrease the amount of apps on my phone by bringing my SMS app and Hangout app into one.

      • Errol

        I just text so much from the computer so still will need the other app until they fully integrate!

        • Daniel Tiberius

          What do you use to text from the computer? I was hoping Hangouts would let me do that :/

          • Errol

            I use Google Voice (as you know you can text from anywhere) but since it’s sucks and doesn’t handle MMS so I also use the regular method of the phone. However, I use Mightytext to sync all computers and devices for that. It works pretty well but really hoping to start using one number and one service for everything. Hangouts not syncing to computer just means I’m using yet another service with no advantage until they make it better.

            Eventually, with Google voice integration, it it handles MMS too, then that should be all I need!

          • Daniel Tiberius

            Yeah I use MightyText and Google Voice as well. Looking forward to GV in Hangouts eventually.

  • LewsTherin006

    Its not working with my group MMS messages. It tries to send but then doesnt.

    • Corey ‘Kidd’ Carson

      works for me

    • blest


    • Matt Young

      Make sure WIFI is OFF. If youre connected to wifi, and youre trying to do anything MMS(through celluar data network) with WIFI enabled, nothing will receive or send until you disconnect from wifi

  • icvos

    So how can i sms from my nexus 7 and see my phone’s sms convo list there?

    • Chris Edwards

      You can’t currently. It is basically a SMS app that reads your SMS on the device that it is running on. Sorta how all other SMS apps currently work. I wish it did though, that would make things so much better.

      • icvos

        Then why was this being compared to iMessage? If it’s not threading hangouts and sms AND doesn’t sync your messages to the hangout app on my other devices then why was this a big deal?

        • ddpacino

          I was told that you dont see the texts within iMessage on an iPad or Mac, though… just the iMessage messages.

          • UMA_Fan

            An imessage is an imessage whether its from a phone number or not

        • Nick

          it actually does if you use it right. you have to be in the conversation, and then at the top you can click the number and switch from sms to hangouts and vice-versa.

          • Martin Golder

            I click on the number while in an sms convo and see no option for hangout. And vice versa.

  • MrDivaNYC

    ok. Hangouts on my Note 3 crashes when trying to send a picture. what’s next?

    • ddpacino

      clear app data, restart app.

  • Steve Rutledge

    On my Sprint Note 3 with GV activated, once it installed, all my SMS and MMS is a direct copy of the messages in the Note 3 stock message app to include MMS. However I can send SMS without problems but when I try to send MMS, it freezes and I notice the wifi icon and 4g icon appear on the top bar then the app crashes. After a few minutes I get a message stating it could not send the MMS . Also tried to clear data and restart the app. :-(

  • saltyzip

    No syncing across devices and worse still sms and hangout messages aren’t combined into a single conversation thread. My hopes have been dashed :'(

    • icvos


    • ngo93

      my thoughts exactly >_<

    • Martin Golder

      Yeah, I thought they said it was to be combined in one thread for both sms and data messaging per person.

    • Daniel Edin

      Yes this is awful. Separated threads is really confusing and bad. I can not see any positive effect of having it like this. I would say it is even worse than separate apps.

  • W.Schildkamp

    Hi. Thanks for the upload. However, on my S4 CM10.2, trying to make video calls will always crash the app. Clearing app data does not help either.. Tips?

    • Mike Cole

      Same here, S4 rooted, stock rom. Initiate or try to answer video call and it crashes.
      If you find a fix, please let us know.

      • W.Schildkamp

        Hi. I tested it, and it works. Only, you heve to rename the file-ending to .so instead of .txt

        • Mike Cole

          Thanks for testing it. I placed it where it belongs.. works great now. exactly what I was looking for.

  • Cael

    Hangouts work fine on Droid 4, not rooted. Only place the keybord will allow me to choose other emoji. They even got sent to my default text message.

    • Cael

      Not a fan of the first screen. I don’t like how it doesn’t completely fill up and it shows the right swipe over.

  • Dan

    yessssss! thank you! Works on Note 2 touchwiz 4.1.2

  • Jon Brashear

    MMS DOESN’T work on the VZW Galaxy Nexus with CM10.1. Unless there is a magical trick

    • Jesse_Knight

      Works on my VZW GNex with CM10.2. I guess you need to load up a nightly.

  • James

    A few things. First, I would like to have it sync across my devices so I could send text messages from my Nexus 7. Second, would be nice to have templates to send messages out that are prepared ahead of time.

  • pr1nyc1

    If my mobile data is turned off, will I still receive texts?

    • ngo93


    • JSet12

      Text, as in SMS, yes. But your won’t received messages via Hangouts, or MMS I believe.

      • pr1nyc1

        It’s weird, Yesterday I didn’t have issues receiving sms while the data was off, but today I didn’t receive any till I turned my data on

  • Nick

    It won’t sync my SMS with my contacts.. any help?

  • Panchito

    Video chat not working on my Gnex 4.3

  • TheDome

    this is why I love Phandroid

  • Matt Young

    I want to address a big problem. Ive been messing with the new hangouts, GEL, Keyboard, Google Search on my Moto X and one thing is MMS will not download or send if WIFI is enabled. Its smart enough to do everything else, it should know that if its trying to send the MMS via the cellular data channel, why isnt it able to do that if wifi is connected?

    • Martin Golder

      Mine sent fine with my wifi and network both connected. Seems to be no pattern to the mms issue. Shame, but, it will obviously all be fone once the full 4.4 is on peoples phones.

      • Matt Young

        Strange, ive always had random issues with MMS going through with Wifi enabled off and on since ANdroid v2.3

        • Martin Golder

          In general I’ve always found MMS a slight bit flaky in Android full stop. Not bad by any means, just, quite a lot of having to attempt to resend. I hope a fix can be found, as I really think it is a big step forward for Android.

          I am more impressed with hangouts than I am the new launcher!

  • Daniel Tiberius

    Anyone know how to use Hangouts on the desktop browser to send and receive texts?

    • Guest

      You can’t.

      • Daniel Tiberius

        Lame. It’s 2013 people, get on this!

        • Matt Young

          install a cellular radio in your desktop. Learn how cellular transmissions != internet connectivity

  • Irfan Farooqi

    how to add multiple homescreen on google new experience
    plzplz help

    • Matt Young

      drag and drop a widget all the way to the right of your last page

  • Martin Golder

    I am loving it so far. Genuinely surprised actually. I wonder, given Google want all new phones from now to run 4.4 ideally, and lots of old phones can run 4.4 also . . . If Hangouts will just knock Whatsapp, BBM, Viber, Kik etc etc off their perches in quick time and become the biggest messaging app?

  • aeok18109

    is there a mirror for the file?

  • CDotMoody

    anyone having sms notification problems?? I open the app and see new messages, but was never notified of them….thats a big problem….. GS3 on verizon stock android

  • CDotMoody

    how do you create a gif? is it only through hangouts or can you do it in text messaging too?

  • Babs Oyed

    Just tried it and would love to make it my default messaging app but that’s not going to happen because it has a dearth of features and is functionally inferior to the messaging app on my Note 3

  • Lennatron

    Says too many people downloaded and to try again in 24 hours. Gotta love Google Drive.

  • Condalmo

    Video chat is crashing the app. I’m using a 2013 HTC One, not rooted.

    • Matt Young

      Throw the mentioned LIB on your system and vid chat works fine

      • Condalmo

        No need for root?

      • Austin Warren

        Where is this LIB? I have the APK but it crashes on video call. SMS support is really cool though, except for the fact that noone can see the emoticons unless they uses Hangouts

      • Artem Nikitin

        WhAt is the LIB I need to install for it?

  • nasmedicine

    any body know why group messaging only uses MMS? Is there a way to switch group messaging to SMS?

    • NikAmi

      SMS is designed to go to a single person and just contain text. For group messaging to work, it has to contain a list of all the participants in the conversation. If they tried to do that over SMS, it would take too much of the available space. Therefore, SMS messages, which are already short, would have to get even shorter and would mean that many would get split into multiple messages with the entire list of participants sent with each message of the split. By using MMS, you have much more space to work with and then usually only need one message.

    • PapaWago

      It’s been reported to Google as an issue, see…!msg/hangouts/ynupt6RYnyQ/KolPR78MWgMJ

  • wrx7m

    Talk was better than Hangouts 1. Hopefully they will figure out how to improve Hangouts.

  • Mike Darretta

    MMS does not work even when turning off wifi, it force closes without fail. also, now it force closes during normal sms. i am using on a galaxy note 3. anyone know a fix?

    • Matt Young

      working flawless on moto x. Did u try clearing appdata?

      • Mike Darretta

        Yup also reinstalled

        • Mike Darretta

          I guess it could be phone specific??

          • Matt Young

            im sure theyre specifically optimized per certain phones.

          • Mike Darretta

            Well, would love to use it but it is very unstable on my note 3. Back to Textra!

        • jschu22

          same here. about to give up on it.

          • Mike Darretta

            looks like we will just have to wait for an official release lol patience I guess.

  • Don Villapando

    I wish Hangouts can allow me to send SMS from my Nexus 7.

  • Brian Clary

    Has this version of Hangouts been released via Google Play yet for the GS3 (on AT&T)?

  • Wolf0491

    Working on my Sony phones

  • tony gross

    Won’t send photo in MMS over hangouts. Anyone else having this issue?