How to use Google Chat

How to use Google Chat

Google Chat is Google’s answer to messaging apps like Slack, originally part of Google Workspace, and has replaced Hangouts as Google’s default messaging app. However, since it doesn’t support RCS or SMS messages, you’ll need to use Google Messages, which support these standards.

If you still use Hangouts, you won’t lose any of your messages by switching to Google Chat Hangouts users will find Google Chat familiar, as it offers the same features but adds extra features like emoji reactions and smart replies. Chat also introduces the Spaces feature, which contains valuable tools for group projects. If you’re not a fan of it, you can still use Hangouts for now.

Google Chat is available as an Android, iOS, browser, and desktop app. It’s also built into Gmail, so you don’t need to download a dedicated app to use it. We show you how to use Google Chat on your Android phone, but you’ll be able to follow the instructions regardless of your platform.

How to set up google chat
Setting up Google Chat on mobile, browser, and desktop is easy. Once you open it, you’ll need to sign in to your Google account to get started. If you’re coming from Hangouts, your chats will sync automatically.

Set up a Google chat on mobile
If you plan to use chat within Gmail, you don’t need to install the dedicated app. However, installing the app is useful if you prefer to keep the email and messaging apps separate.

Set up a Google chat on your desktop
If you want to use Google Chat through your browser, just follow steps 1 and 2.

Head to the Google Chat website.
Sign in with your Google account.
Click the Install Google Chat button in the upper-right corner of Chrome to download the app.
Set up Google Chat on Gmail
Regardless of the Gmail platform, you can access Google Chat in seconds once you enable it If you plan to use it for desktop and mobile, you will need to enable chat from both platforms.

Gmail app
Open the Gmail app.
Tap the menu button in the upper left corner of your screen.
Scroll down and tap Settings.
Select your Google account.
Click Chat to enable Google Chat.
Gmail for desktop
Open Gmail in your browser.
Click the Settings button in the upper-right corner of your screen.
Click View all settings.
Select the Chat and Meeting tab.
Select the Google Chat radio button.
And that’s all there is to it. You can now use Google Chat on mobile and desktop.

How to send an individual or group message in Google Chat
Sending a direct message or group message in Google Chat will be familiar to Hangouts users If you use Google Chat for work or a collaborative project, create a space to access Google Chat productivity features.

Open Google Chat on your desktop or browser, tap the plus button next to the Chat tab.
Click on the new chat button.
Find or select the recipient.
To add more people, click the “Add Members” button in the upper-right corner of your screen.

How to create a space in Google chat
Spaces work similar to group chats but have comprehensive productivity features Useful if you’re working on a project with others Assign tasks, share files and quickly create Google Meet links or calendar events If you’ve used Rooms in Google Workspace they will be the same but with a new name.

Open Google Chat on your desktop or browser, tap the plus button next to the Chat tab.
Click on the new chat button.

Click the Create Space button.
Enter a name, image, and description for the space. The title is the only mandatory option, so you can go back and add the image and description later.
Find and select people to add to the space. If you want to set up Space before adding anyone, you can skip this step.
How to use Google Chat’s Spaces
Each space has a tab dedicated to displaying all shared files, if you want to use Google Chat for casual group chats, create a group chat instead.

How to share files in space
open space.
Select the Files tab.
Press the “Add Files” button in the lower right corner of your screen.
Find and select the file you want to share.
Click Submit to add the file to the space.
How to set tasks in space
open space.
Select the Tasks tab.
Tap the Add Tasks button in the lower right corner of your screen.
Enter a name for the task.
Add a description, a deadline, and a specific member using the three buttons below the name.
Press Save to add the task to Space.

How to use the integration in Google chat
Integration is a term for advanced messaging in Google Chat There are seven types: Images, Camera, GIF, Meet link, Calendar invite, Drive, and Format. You can access these options by clicking the Plus button to the left of the new message box in Google Chat. On the desktop or browser, some of these options are to the right of the message box.

Photos, Camera, and GIFs are identifiable to anyone using a messaging app Tap the appropriate option to attach a photo or GIF to your message Tap Drive to insert a file from Google Drive Format adds light text formatting options to your message (for example, bold, italic, and strikethrough).

Clicking the Meet link or the Calendar invite buttons creates an invite link for a meeting or calendar event Sending a message using the Meet integration creates a joinable meeting room Use the calendar integration to schedule a meeting in the future.

Use Google Chat to message anyone
Google Chat is also useful for chatting formally or informally however, the productivity features in Spaces are lightweight compared to services like Slack or Microsoft Teams.

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