How To: Use Google+ Hangouts to Watch YouTube Live Streams

Use Google+ Hangouts to Watch YouTube Live Streams

How to Use Google+ Hangouts to Watch YouTube Live Streams

From cooking shows to concerts, people have been finding all sorts of creative uses for Google+ hangouts. But what about something a little more basic? What if you could watch YouTube live streams with your friends?

YouTube recently launched their live streams page, and there's a lot to check out. Can't make it to Lollapalooza this weekend? You can watch it live, and with a few steps, you can watch it with your friends, without even having to be in the same room or city, for that matter. 

Step 1 Start a Google+ hangout session.

Click on the Start a hangout button on the right hand side.

How to Use Google+ Hangouts to Watch YouTube Live Streams

Step 2 Invite your friends.

Google+ hangout sessions are limited to 10 people at a time. You can invite people individually or choose circles to invite. If your friends are signed into chat, they'll get an invitation via IM to join the hangout.

How to Use Google+ Hangouts to Watch YouTube Live Streams

Step 3 In another browser tab, open YouTube Live Stream.

Go to https://www.youtube.com/live and pick the stream you want to watch.

How to Use Google+ Hangouts to Watch YouTube Live Streams

Step 4 Copy the YouTube ID for the stream you want.

Click the Share button underneath the video to grab the URL. Copy everything after http://youtu.be/. (That's the video ID)

How to Use Google+ Hangouts to Watch YouTube Live Streams

Step 5 Search for the stream in your hangout.

Paste the ID into the video tab of your hangout to search for it. Once you find it, click Play.

The Google+1 song, which singer/songwriter +Daria Musk performed live on a recent Google+ hangout.
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