How to Block Incoming Chat Requests from Strangers in Google Hangouts

The ability to chat with people you know and work with in Google Hangouts makes it a very useful application.

But other people that you don’t know might be able to send you chat requests, which you might want to block.

Our tutorial will show you how to block incoming chat requests from strangers in Google Hangouts so that you don’t need to deal with them.

How to Block Google Hangout Requests from Strangers

  1. Sign into Google Hangouts.
  2. Click the three lines button.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose Customize Invite Settings.
  5. Click the Everyone else dropdown menu.
  6. Choose Can’t send invites.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to block incoming chat requests from strangers in Google Hangouts, including pictures of these steps.

Google Hangouts is a great service that makes it possible for you to interact with people through video calls and phone calls. If you have a Google Account, then you are able to take advantage of this free service.

Unfortunately, Google Hangouts can be a source of a lot of spam from unwanted contacts, and you might be tired of blocking and deleting strangers who randomly try to contact you through the service.

Our tutorial below is going to show you how to customize the settings in Google Hangouts so that these people can’t send you invitations through Hangouts.

You can further customize Hangouts so that even people with your phone number and email address can only send you invitations, and you can also block people in your Google + circles, or turn off any invite notifications as well.

How to Block Strangers from Sending Chat Requests in Google Hangouts

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. In this guide, I am going to show you how to block all incoming Google Hangout requests

This means that no one will be able to send you an invite at all, even if they are a contact.

Step 1: Open a Web browser window and navigate to If you aren’t already signed into the Google Account for which you wish to block requests, you will be prompted to sign in.

Step 2: Click the Menu icon at the top-left of the window.

It’s the icon that looks like three horizontal lines.

google hangouts menu

Step 3: Choose the Settings option near the bottom of the menu.

google hangouts settings

Step 4: Select the Customize invite settings option near the bottom of the menu.

customize invite settings for google hangouts

Step 5: Click the dropdown menu under Everyone else.

change the settings for stranger requests in google hangouts

Step 6: Choose the Can’t send invites option.

how to stop strangers from sending you invitations in google hangouts

Note that some people that you may not want to contact you might have your phone number or email address.

If you don’t want to let them contact you directly, then click the dropdown menus under People with your phone number and People with your email address and choose the Can send you an invitation option instead of the Can contact you directly option.

how to block google hangout requests from strangers

You can further customize your Hangouts experience by modifying the settings under Your circles as well.

Additionally, you can uncheck the Get notified about invitations box at the top of the menu if you don’t want to be notified at all about any invitations that you receive.

It’s possible that you currently have the Google Hangouts extension installed for Chrome as well. Find out how to remove the Hangouts extension from Chrome if you don’t need it.

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