Google Hangouts on AIR moving from Google Plus to YouTube Live

Google Hangouts on AIR to retire use YouTube Live

According to the announcement by Google, Google Hangouts on AIR will move from Google Plus to YouTube on September 12. Google will ask users to use YouTube Live instead.

If you want to schedule new Hangouts on Air you will need to use YouTube Live. You won’t be able to schedule events on Google Hangout on Air after September 12. Also, you need to move existing events scheduled to happen after September 12 to YouTube Live.

Hangouts on Air features Q&A, Showcase and Applause will not be making the jump to YouTube. Instead, Google is encouraging broadcasters to use Google Slides for Q&A, and social media to gather questions ahead of the event.

To use Google Hangouts on Air with YouTube Live, follow these steps.

  • Go to Live Streaming Events in Creator Studio.
  • Click new live event.
  • Select Quick (using Google Hangouts on Air).
  • Give your live stream a title.
  • Click Go live now or enter in details to schedule your event for later.
  • Use Hangouts to broadcast live.

Also, recorded events will continue to be available on YouTube. The only remaining Google+ link will be the option to see your event content (read-only format) in the Activity Log.

Google introduced live streaming feature for its Hangouts group video chat on Google+ back in September 2011, for celebrities. In May 2012, it launched for all the users. Later, Google launched YouTube Live, and it is also available to public access now.

  • Andre Vali

    Big brands had to have a Google+ profile to stream with Hangouts on Air. So now it is no longer necessary to maintain a G+ profile to use streaming functionality. They also decoupled app reviews from the Play Store last week.

    So I guess they are phasing out G+ and are moving to Allo, Duo and Space