How To Set Up Google+ Hangout Lower Third

Post by Ray 3 years ago - Social Business - 25 Comments

Google+ Hangout Lower Third
Click on image for Video Tutorial

When doing a Google+ Hangout, it’s just good form to introduce yourself to viewers and other participants.

Insert a news anchor type name bar under your image by setting up the Google+ Hangout Lower Third App.

For a regular Hangout where you might have guests who don’t know each other, it’s fine to ask that everyone install their Lower Third App.

For Hangouts On Air which are essentially public broadcasts, it should be mandatory.

How to install Hangout Lower Third.


You can click on the top image to access the video or click here: Lower Third Demo.

1. Start a Hangout

2. Once you’re in, look to the left column and click on Hangout Toolbox. If you haven’t already downloaded the app, just click on “…view more apps” in the app sidebar, followed by a click on Hangout Toolbox! It will be there next time you log in.

Google+ Hanghout Toolbox

3.  Once you open the Toolbox, you’ll see it on your right side column. The little blue guy is the Lower Third App.

Google+ Hangout Toolbox 2

4. To set up the look of your “Lower Third Name Bar”, fill in the Name, Tagline, Colour and if you like, add a Logo.

If you don’t have a logo, you can leave it blank or insert your country’s flag by choosing your country in the field below.

Once you’re done, turn “ON” Lower Third.

Google+ Hangout Lower Third Fields


5.  You can save your bar theme by going to the presets area, typing in a name for the theme and clicking “save”.


Google+ Lower Third Preset


Next time you log into a Hangout, you just need to click on the green icon opposite and voila, your theme pops in right under your nose!.

If you want to see how your viewers see you, click the blue “Mirror my own video” button just above the ‘Preset” box.

Note: You don’t need to turn on “Lower Third” at the top. If you do, the default will appear. If you don’t want the default, turn it off and turn on your preset theme.


Voila Google+ Lower Third

Hangout Lower Third was developed by Moritz Tolxdorff. 

For more information about Hangouts, I suggest you circle Ronnie Bincer, the Hangout and video go- to guy at Google+.


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About Ray Hiltz

Ray Hiltz is a Social Media Strategist specializing in Google+ Local search and content marketing. He helps small businesses establish online reputation and trust by putting the spotlight on their greatest asset - people. Ray host the #RayBunch show, a weekly web and podcast featuring news and opinions with a regular panel of marketing and business leaders.

25 Responses to “How To Set Up Google+ Hangout Lower Third”

  1. Kknott296 They’ve come out with a new version of Hangout Toolbox. The Lower Third app has been a problem and they’re working on it.
    I can’t think of why you wouldn’t see your name if you’ve put it in the name window.
    In any event, here’s a link to a video tutorial that shows the most recent version.

  2. Kknott296

    The lower third even when turned on, will still not show the name. Is there a way to fix this?

  3. AdeleRobertus

    I am trying to open the link to install app but its not working. what to do?

  4. iSalesGirl Thanks. The Lower Third has been updated recently with the update of Hangout toolbox. But the steps remain pretty much the same.
    Glad it helped :-)

  5. iSalesGirl

    Thank you! This information was perfect! I looked like a real pro on my hangout today – even if I wasn’t camera-ready, my hangout page was!

  6. sheilahensley

    Thanks Ray, I’ve been wondering about this and haven’t taken the time to research.  Great explanation!

  7. connectyou

     I’m about to follow your step-by-step instructions for an online meeting today….


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