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6. Manage Sound, Video and Bandwidth

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In this video, you will manage sound and video quality options in Hangouts.

To view your audio and camera devices in an open Hangouts session, go to settings.

In the settings, you see a preview of your video feed along with the type of camera you are using. If you have more than one webcam connected to your computer, select which one you want to use for the Hangout.

You can also select which microphone to use with Hangouts. For example, you might have an external microphone plugged into your computer with better sound quality than your computer’s built in microphone.

In the settings window, check your sound to make sure it’s working. Test your speakers.

If you do not hear a dial tone, select different speakers or headphones.

In settings, reduce the bandwidth of your video and audio.

Bandwidth is the amount of data transferred online.

Reducing your bandwidth can keep your video from lagging if you have a slower internet connection.

If you’re experiencing a poor network connection, such as video or audio delays or freezing, changing the resolution to standard definition might help.

High definition uses more data, but sends and receives a better quality picture.

Standard definition uses less data, but sends or receives a lower quality picture.

If your video connection is not working, choose “Audio Only” to turn off your camera entirely.

In the next video, you will explore ways to manage meetings with Hangouts.

Now, it’s your turn: Open Settings, View the General tab options, and View the Bandwidth tab options.


  1. Open Settings.
  2. View the General tab options.
  3. View the Bandwidth tab options.