People in your organization can use the new Google Chat standalone app for a faster and more secure experience.
Users can install the standalone app, or administrators can deploy the app to their organization. If your organization has turned on Chat Preferred, users who previously had the classic Hangouts extension or app are redirected to the new Chat standalone app.
The new Chat standalone app is built using Progressive Web Application (PWA) technology. PWAs are web apps with native app functionality.
Advantages of using the new app include:
- Not having to update the app. Because the app fetches updates through the web, users only need to keep up with Google Chrome updates.
- Better loading performance.
- Support for Windows, MacOS, Chrome OS, and Linux (with Google Chrome 73 or higher).
Before you begin
To use the new Chat standalone app, make sure people in your organization:
- Use Google Chrome 73 or higher.
- Can install Chrome extensions and apps. Learn how to Allow or block apps and extensions.
Deploy the app to users
You deploy the app to your users through the Chrome policy managementsettings.
From the Admin console Home page, go to DevicesChrome management.
Click Apps & extensions.
Point to Add and click Add by URL .
In the URL field, enter https://chat.google.com/download/
Important: Enter the URL exactly as it appears above.
From the Open website in list, select Separate window.
User can also install the Chat PWA app
To learn how to install the app, go to Install the Chat standalone app.
We’re working to address these limitations with the new Chat standalone app:
- You need Chrome 73 or higher installed on your computer. Chrome doesn't have to be your default browser to use the new standalone app.
- To use the new standalone app, the Chrome browser needs to be open.
- The new standalone app is not yet packageable by enterprise re-packagers such as SCCM.