17 Google Hangouts Easter Eggs to Animate Your Chats

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Google Hangouts, Google’s chat app included with Gmail and the social networking site Google+, is a trouble-free, operating system neutral way to connect with friends and family near and far by SMS, instant messaging, or video chat. It’s also full of surprises! As many developers have taken to doing in recent years, the Google team has included a few Easter eggs to wow and delight. Here’s how to find them, and how to get them to display.

What are Easter eggs?

Okay, so we’re obviously not talking about those colored hard-boiled eggs that Easter Bunny-loving folks make every spring. When it comes to technology, Easter eggs are unexpected, mostly hidden and little-talked-about features that programmers hide in a program to entertain the users who happen to find them. As a rule, Easter eggs are jokes or bonuses, not features you actually need. Still, they’re fun to find and even more fun to employ.

Where do you find Google Hangouts?

If you’re a regular Gmail user, you probably have either Google Chat or Hangouts already enabled in your account. If you’re on the old Google Chat, you’ll need to upgrade to Hangouts by clicking on the down arrow next to your name and highlighting “Try the new Hangouts.”

upgrade to Google Hangouts

Hangouts is automatically enabled if you’re on Google+, and you’ll find it on the right side of your profile just under your profile image. Click the quotation mark to see a drop-down list of people in your circles with whom you can chat.

Google Hangouts access in Google+

Alternatively, you can access Google Hangouts on the Web and via Android and iOS app.

The big list of Google Hangouts Easter eggs


The list of known Google Hangouts Easter eggs is below. To get them to work for you, you’ll need to type them exactly as shown inside an active Google Hangouts chat window. Most of the Easter eggs are animated displays that pop into the conversation. They’re a bit more spectacular than your usual emoji, some lasting longer than others.

  1. /ponystream puts galloping ponies inside the chat window
  2. woot!! adds a temporary, laughing yellow emoji-like face
  3. Happy Birthday!! shares a cake and burning candle
  4. Happy New Year!! lets loose a fox, goose, and fireworks
  5. LMAO!! brings another yellow, laughing emoji-like face into view
  6. /ponies shows a single horse that runs across the screen
  7. /shydino causes a tiny green dinosaur to crawl across the chat window and hide behind an equally tiny house
  8. /bikeshed changes the background color of your chat window
  9. /pitchforks sends a mob of pitchfork-carrying people running across the screen
  10. woohoo!! gives you a fox and goose who momentarily celebrate
  11. yay!! gives you a quick view of a celebratory emoji
  12. xoxoxoxo puts animated hearts in a yellow emoji-like character’s eyes
  13. lolololol gives you a laughing yellow emoji
  14. Bwahahahahaha gets you another laughing emoji
  15. Happy Easter gets you a bouncing Easter bunny
  16. Hehehehe shows a chuckling emoji on the left side of the chat room
  17. Rofl triggers a fox and gentlemen duck

Remember, these only work when you type them exactly as written above, including the punctuation. Most of these animations are one-hit wonders, but a few will continue to display indefinitely. You can also type the command a second time to turn the animations off, or you can close the chat window.

So those are a few of the Easter eggs you can activate to add a little more animation to your Hangout chats. Google frequently adds Easter eggs in Hangouts for holidays and special  occasions, so odds are good that you’ll be surprised by a new animation when you least expect it.

Posted by Jodi Jae on March 3, 2016

31 thoughts on “17 Google Hangouts Easter Eggs to Animate Your Chats”


September 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

With the hehehehe ones, you can also say hahaha, lololol, wahahaha, etc. Some of them don’t need to be exactly as shown. Also, isn’t there one where you can get a background with a tree house or something?



September 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm

yes, leave the cursor loose, hit up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, enter



November 30, 2016 at 10:53 am

These can only be entered on desktop/web and will only affect desktop/web users (no Mobile)

/shydino will give you a little house with a dinosaur who slips behind it and hides.
/bikeshed will randomly change the background color of the chat window for everyone (including you)



February 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm

Actually a few worked on my tablet but only some a few don’t work like the shy dino or woot one


December 11, 2016 at 12:32 am

lolololololol (saying lol multiple times in a row) works too!!(it can bring 2 different things)


Justice Shallow

September 2, 2016 at 7:06 am

In the chat bar type (using arrow keys) up,up,down,down,left,right,left,right,b,a and hit enter. 🙂



September 22, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Also known as the Konami Kode


Emma Malan

September 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Type /me and it will appear as your name. For example: /me is hungry shows up as Bob is hungry. It will appear as though it was a status update in your hangouts chat.



September 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Try hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi



October 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

Also typing “Happy Mother’s Day” and “Happy Father’s Day” will make some cute animations. Stumbled across those today. 🙂



October 25, 2016 at 8:38 pm

/shruggie makes a shrug



October 31, 2016 at 12:41 pm

/happy makes a ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ



November 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

If you do /bikeshed and then do the konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right,left, right,b,a enter) your sky for the konami code will become the hue that was on your chat background



November 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

here’s a list of the ones i’ve found so far

Happy birthday to you
Happy new year
/me is happy
hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi hi
happy mothers day
happy fathers day



November 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm

/roll and / rolls are fun too!



November 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

up up down down left right left right b a



November 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm

/rolling is kind of funny



November 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

/roll 3d6+2 is good too.



November 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm

/me is happy makes a sign when it says your names is happy./me is happy



November 22, 2016 at 10:56 am

You can also just type /me (is angry, is mad, etc…) Literally anything works with it as long as you type /me before it


Mr Googly

November 17, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Now automatically voice activated , with Hangout open say “Hangout slash XXX” where XXX is one of the easter eggs from above.

E.g. “Hangout slash ponies”

need microphone on to work.



November 18, 2016 at 5:27 am

how do you disable the tree and moountain


Annika Fuhrer

November 19, 2016 at 1:15 pm

To disable the tree and mountain background, close then reopen the chat window



November 27, 2016 at 10:37 pm

how about /pony and /pitchforks.
then do /ponystreams and /pitchforksstreams



December 3, 2016 at 12:05 am




December 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

do /ponystream again to get rid of ponies


megan woodmansee from youtube

January 7, 2017 at 6:37 pm

say /that


Yuko Matsuya

January 31, 2017 at 10:43 am

/ this makes it go the other way



February 21, 2017 at 8:56 am

these are all really fun to use. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL



March 16, 2017 at 8:52 am

/lit does fire emojis



March 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

/lit does fire emojis


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