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How to Stop Strangers Inviting You on Google Hangouts

Nancy Messieh 07-07-2016

There’s a lot of great features to Google+ Hangouts 11 Creative Ways to Get the Most Out of Google Hangouts Stuck indoors or working remotely? Here are some creative Google Hangout ideas to help you connect with others and have fun. Read More , but if you’re finding yourself receiving hangout requests from complete strangers, there’s a very simple fix for that.


Go to and click the hamburger menu in the top left-hand corner. Go to SettingsCustomize Invite Settings.


There are two options to choose from – the Recommended settings which would allow people in your circles, people with your phone number, or email address to contact you directly. This setting, however, allows anyone to send you an invitation.

If you’d rather control who can send you an invite, you should choose the Customized settings. You can choose how people who have your phone number or email address can reach you – either by contacting you directly or sending you an invitation.



For everyone else, be sure to choose Can’t send invites if you don’t want to receive invitations from people who follow you on Google+.

You can also select unique settings for contacts in each of your Google+ circles.

Do you have any tips or tricks for Google+? Let us know in the comments. 

Related topics: Google Hangouts, Online Privacy.

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  1. AU
    January 30, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    * this is dumb
    * of course the spam senders have either your phone number or your email, and blocking individuals for after each case is not a spam solution
    * hangouts needs to provide a setting to refuse ALL invitations