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Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts Features:

  • Instant Messaging
  • Video Calls
  • Phone Calls

Google Hangouts and VPN

VPN is not required for cloud services such as Google Hangouts. For a better experience, IMSS recommends not connecting to VPN while using Google Hangouts.


Please note that Caltech does NOT use Gmail for email services. Please refer to Office 365 Email & Calendar.

Learn more about Google Workspace.


Get started with Google Hangouts, Google Hangouts Chat, and Google Hangouts Meet

Log in Instructions

I already have a personal Google account

  • If you already use Google for a personal account, going to the link above will take you to your personal hangouts
  • To add the Caltech hangout, go to the top right corner and click on your initials or profile picture
  • Select Add another account


  • Now follow the steps below "I do not have a personal Google account"

I do not have a personal Google account

  • Go to
  • Enter your Caltech, for example
    • NOTE: do not enter an alias or preferred email address such as


  • Click Next
  • Enter your access.caltech username and password


  • Click Login