Use the Google Chat standalone app

People in your organization can use the Google Chat standalone app for a faster and more secure experience. You can deploy the app to your organization, or you can allow users to install the app themselves.

About the standalone app

Chat standalone app interface.

Option 1: Deploy the app to users

You deploy the app to your users through the Chrome policy managementsettings.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Devicesand thenChromeand thenApps & extensionsand thenUsers & browsers.

    If you signed up for Chrome Browser Cloud Management, go to Menu and then Chrome browserand thenApps & extensionsand thenUsers & browsers.

  3. Point to Add  and click Add by URL
  4. In the URL field, enter https://mail.google.com/chat/download 
    Important: Enter the URL exactly as it appears above.

  5. From the Open website in list, select Separate window.
  6. Click Save.

Option 2: Let users install the app

To let users install the app themselves:

  1. Make sure users can install Chrome Browser extensions and apps. For details, go to Allow or block apps and extensions.
  2. Direct users to the steps to Install the Chat standalone app.

Known limitations

We’re working to address these limitations with the Chat standalone app:

  • You need Chrome Browser 73 or higher installed on your computer. Chrome Browser doesn't have to be your default browser to use the standalone app.
  • To use the standalone app, the Chrome Browser needs to be open.
  • The standalone app is not yet packageable by enterprise re-packagers such as SCCM.

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