Back when Hangouts first debuted, it was quickly discovered that Google's messaging app included several easter eggs, ranging from ponies prancing across the screen, to a weird dinosaur hiding behind a house, to changing your chat's background color at random. Until yesterday, though, these bonus features weren't available for those using Hangouts on Android. As of the 2.1 update, users can make use of three easter eggs - one that will stream an infinite line of ponies across your screen, one that will send just one pony across, and one that will send an angry mob across, pitchforks and torches included. Take a look.

poniess mobs

So far, these are the only commands we know of that will trigger easter eggs, and they appear to be the only surprises backed up by code we saw in our APK Teardown. Here's the list of commands in case you missed them in the animations above.




Missing from the list are /bikeshed, /shydino, and the Konami code. It's also worth noting that participants in the hangout won't see these effects (unlike /bikeshed, which changes everyone's background). That said, the Easter eggs are a nice touch, and can spice up even the most bland Hangouts conversation.

Update: It looks like we were mistaken in saying that /ponies and /pitchforks did not show up for other Hangouts participants. Those two effects are visible to all participants, though /ponystream (thankfully) is not.


Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
    • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

      You're just jelly bro :V

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You know, UCD popo spraying protesters. Right? I'm so proud of my Alma mater.

        • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov


        • elvisgp

          You went to UCD? How did you like it there? I'm considering going there.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Loved it. Very nostalgic every time I end up there.

    • SkylaC90

      oh no, the NYPD strikes again

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • Anorax

    Too bad you can't share the pony stampede with other participants, that'd be hilariously annoying

    • The_Chlero

      I think Winkles was one of the causes of the downfall of the MSN Messenger, the other was Nicknames with the most bizarre symbols I've ever seen.

      • Franco Rossel

        Yeah, that's actually one of the reasons I personally stopped using MSN back in the day.

        • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

          The LeftToRight switcher was pretty cool too, but it broke a lot of things, as it wouldn't just change your nickname but all text that normally follow your nickname......

    • AburaOpenRaid

      Just ctrl-v enter it really quickly and voila stampede :)

  • Michael Tamayo

    Only works in a hangout though... none of my friends use hangouts :(

    • detecti1914

      that's true

      • Guest


        • A2theC

          spam? I can't read this language to see the context?

          • MINI HUAI

            yes, it's a spam wrote in Chinese

      • A2theC

        you don't know anyone with a google account? (sarcasm)

    • A2theC

      type in some phone number or a friends GMAIL and it will make a hangout, you dont have to actually have them responding to see this

  • Jalok Xlem

    Ponies! AAAA!

  • Berto Maia


  • Brett Besa

    Confirmed: There is a brony working on the Hangouts team.

    • nxtiak

      Or they might be Bob's Burgers fans... Equestranauts

  • Meloku

    Well, now I have a reason to dump Hangouts...

    • Daveon Jackson


    • someone755

      If anything, a reason to start using it.

  • nxtiak

    On the Chrome extension, hangouts does /me irc command but doesn't show up for Hangouts app users

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    And here comes the downfall of Hangouts

    • Nightfall

      Why? The person you're talking to doesn't see it.

      • shabbypenguin

        I can see it when my wife does pitchforks or ponies but not the stream of them.

  • Kcls

    Why is your keyboard blue?!?

  • Texas Saluki

    strange it does not work for me...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Are you on 2.1?

      • Texas Saluki

        ug... nope I thought I saw an update but I was wrong

  • guest

    Was hoping this worked with SMS too

  • Tyler

    Does this not work if you send through sms?

  • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

    uh, Googlers? please prioritize things like the Google Voice functionality merge and improving overall app quality and performance... mmmkay? this kind of stuff is just simply frivolous and unnecessary and smacks of the gimmicky junk apps we see at Samsung device announcement, not of Google precision. thanks.

    • someone755

      The Hangout APK teardown has already been done for this update and Voice is mentioned
      Do your research before telling them what they should do :C

    • PĆ„l Nilsen

      Lighten up dude. Also, please prioritize typing properly, mmmkay?

    • Steven Z

      Lol. Google's been doing easter eggs for years. And you do know that stuff like this are easter eggs, right? It's not like they have to spend months and months coding ponies and mobs into an app...

    • sQueezedhe

      Also google voice stuff only applies to the US. The majority of the world prefers ponies.

    • billmoore

      YOLO man.. YOLO

  • http://twitter.com/qngml KONG!

    Rarely using hangout šŸ˜

  • Catharina van Ulden

    I want it

  • Matt McNair

    I was able to do these in a hangout with my wife and they ran across her screen too as long as the hangout was open and the screen was on when I sent it.

  • Michelle M.

    When I looked up easter eggs for hangouts, me and some friends had fun with /ponies. It spawned a pony on everyone's window except for Android ones. Same with /angrymob.

  • Joe Menard

    Is anyone else having issues with contact cards? Every time I open one up that is sent to me the app crashes.

  • Daniel

    I kinda wish the /shydino worked, but especially would have liked the color options on Android finally....

  • Chris

    Not all my conversations are merged? What's the deal!? The people whose conversations haven't been merged yet have already confirmed their phone numbers. Anyone have any ideas?

    • anon

      You have to add their gmails to their contact info on your phone

      • Chris

        Still not working.. And I don't see a Gmail for those conversations that are merged...

  • SpiderDice

    /bikeshed and /shydino work for me. Using the Hangouts Chrome extension

  • Dan J. Chiccino

    None of these worked on the latest version of hangouts on my LG G flex

  • Jalok Xlem

    Tried out the new update of Hangouts. These are awesome! xD I want them to add in LEGO related gif in there! :D

  • Lisa Marie Hill Knapp

    Ponystream does go on everyone's.

  • ursulas

    I can see all three on my Nexus 5.

  • nachosbeans

    theres another easter egg that is MEGA STOOKY
    up arrow, up arrow, down arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, left arrow, right arrow, "b", "a", & then hit enter, & there should be a mountain view in the background :)
    also AWESOME COMBINATION!!!: do /bikeshed (changes color in background randomly) & the easter egg above right after each other (in any order) ITS TOTALLY BOLT! :D

  • Schnitzeldroid

    I agree that xD