Can’t find the Hangout contact widget for your home screen ? No problem, try using the method below to create a shortcut that bring you directly to the Hangout app for a particular contact.
Note: The steps are tested using Galaxy S4 and HTC One. It should work on all Android phones with Direct Message widget.
- On your Android phone, drag and drop a Direct Message widget on a home screen.
- Select a contact.
- Now, you should get the Complete action using prompt. Next, select Hangouts and tap Always. Note: If you can’t get the Complete action using prompt, find out which app is this widget using, go to the App info page of that particular app to initiate a Clear defaults.
- Once this is done, a tap on the Direct Message widget will bring you to the Hangout app.
Actually, the steps above can also be used for other messaging app such as WhatsApp.