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Create a Google+ Event for your Hangout on Air or YouTube Live Event

Starting September 12, 2016 Hangouts on Air are moving from Google+ to YouTube Live. That means it will no longer be possible to set up a Hangout on Air in Google+ Events.

But if your audience is on Google+, you will still be able to create a Google+ Event for your Hangout on Air in just a few easy steps.

1. Set up your Hangout on Air at YouTube Live Events (
2. Copy the video URL from the live event's video watch page
3. Set up a new Google+ Event at with the date and time of your Hangout on Air
4. Under Event Options > Advanced > Show more options paste the YouTube URL of your Live event

The video will be displayed at the top of the Google+ Event page and attendees will be notified when the Event begins.

If you create a video trailer, you can add that link to your Event, then switch to the broadcast link just before you go live.

For more detailed instructions with screenshots, read on!

1. Set up your Hangout on Air at YouTube Live Events (

          a. Click the New live event button

          b. Enter the title, date and time for a Quick event, then click the Create live event button

2. Copy the video URL from the live event's video watch page

          a.  On  your YouTube Live Events page ( click the video thumbnail to open the video watch page.

           b. On the video watch page, get the URL by clicking Share below the video or copy from the address bar

3. Set up a new Google+ Event at 

          a.  Open in Classic Google+ and click Create Event
               Note: do NOT click Plan a Hangout

           b.  Set up the Event with the date and time of your Hangout on Air

           c.  Select your invitees: Public, a Circle or individuals

Note: the Event invitees will not affect the visibility of your video on YouTube. If your want your Hangout on Air to be Private or Unlisted, you must set that in YouTube Live Events.

4. Under Event Options > Advanced > Show more options paste the YouTube URL of your Live event

Note: do not set the event to be an "On Air" event - that is unrelated to Hangouts on Air

            a.  Click Event Options 

          b. Click Advanced

           c. Click Show more options

              d. Paste your YouTube URL in the field labeled YouTube URL (optional)

             c. Click the green Invite button

Your new Google+ Event will look like this:

Note that there is no way to set a thumbnail for your video, and Event attendees will only see the countdown if they click the video.

Those attending the Event will be notified when it starts.

Learn more about Google+ Events in the Google+ Help Center.

More information about the move of Hangouts on Air to YouTube Live:

Posted by Peggy K


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