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How to block (or unblock) someone in Google Hangouts

If someone is harassing you, spamming you or you otherwise don't want them to contact you or see your content you can block them on Google+, Google Photos, Hangouts or YouTube Contacts. Blocking them in one product will block them across Google.

Update August 1, 2019: You can now report someone when you block them in Hangouts on desktop.

When you block someone in Google Hangouts:

Individual conversation:
  • You cannot send or receive Hangout chat messages
  • Your Hangout with the blocked person will be archived
Group conversation:
  • You can join a group chat with the person you blocked
  • The person you blocked can join group chats you are in
  • You will be able to see each others messages
  • You will get a notification that someone you've blocked is also in the Hangout, but other group members will not be notified.
Video calls: 
  • You cannot join a video call with someone you blocked and vice versa
Note: if you use Hangouts for Google Fi or Google Voice calls and SMS, those services may be affected.

Read on to get detailed instructions on How to block (or unblock) someone in Hangouts

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1. Sign in to Hangouts at , in Gmail, or using the Hangouts Chrome Extension

2. Open the individual Hangout conversation or invite from the person you want to block

3. Click the gear icon at top right of the chat window to open the conversation Options

4. On the Options screen Click Block

5. Click Block again to confirm

How to unblock someone in Google Hangouts 

You can unblock people in your Hangouts Settings.

1. Sign in to Hangouts at , in Gmail, or using the Hangouts Chrome Extension
    (Note: this option is also available in the Hangouts mobile app)

2. Click the 3 line menu icon at top left

3. Click Settings from the menu

4. On the Settings screen click "Blocked People"

5. To the right of their name click Unblock

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Updated Aug. 2, 2019: Linked to Reporting instructions, added new details about what happens when you block someone.


  1. Is there somewhere a tutorial on how to search a person or to report his account without any conversations occuring with the searched person?

    1. The only way to preemptively block someone on Hangouts is to block them on another Google product first. Google+ works, if they have a Google+ Profile. That will only be an option up until April though.

      Note that you can block someone when they send you an Invite on Hangouts too, so you don't need to converse with them.

  2. I was asking how to search for a user account that is not in the Hangouts contact list, in order to report that account.
    The black foot fetish pedophile Christian Hendricks is present on Hangouts. Not only he harasses young boys via Youtube for feet "challenges", but he also grooms them via Hangouts, even asking some of them for nudes! I can probably give a list of YT channels he used and a pic of his face if you don't know who he is

    1. Since I can't DM you on Twitter, you'll find his past accounts and his face picture on my petition: I update it every time I find that he makes a new account. He also uses Snapchat (fortunately I got his 4 past Snapchat accounts banned by DMing the support team)

      BTW another annoying pedophile is also present on Hangouts, on top of stalking kids via YT, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram. His name is Josh Campbell, he's a fart fetishist who lives in Florida. Just like Christian Hendricks he only follows young boys to harass them for dares.

      What I want to know is if I can search a user account to report it for abuse. You can submit an abuse report ticket on YT, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, but not on Hangouts?!


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