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5. Start a video meeting and send messages

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With Gmail, you can start and join video meetings. You can also add Google Chat to your Gmail inbox and get all the features of Chat directly in Gmail.

5.1 Start and join video meetings 5.2 Use Chat in Gmail

To manage your communication in one place, you can add Google Chat to your Gmail inbox and send chat messages to people. This is available if your organization allows it.

Turn Chat on or off in Gmail

  1. Open the Gmail app "".
  2. At the top left, tap Menu ""and thenSettings.
  3. Select your account.
  4. Check or uncheck the Show the chat and rooms tab box to turn Chat on or off.

Note: If you turn off Chat in Gmail, your conversation list and pop-ups won't appear in Gmail, but you're not signed out of Chat.

What is the difference between Chat in Gmail and Chat?

You get the same features in Chat and Chat in Gmail, but the integrated Gmail experience provides a central location for collaborating across your Google Workspace services.

  • Chat—Use when you want to mainly communicate through chat messages. For example, when you're on the go, you might want to quickly check the mobile Chat app for messages.
  • Gmail—Use when you want to collaborate with a team from the convenience of your Gmail inbox. If you're working on your computer, you might prefer to use Gmail while you're collaborating with others on files and tasks, without having to switch between services.
5.3 Change your Chat status in Gmail
  1. Open the Gmail app "".
  2. At the top left, tap Menu "".
  3. Tap your Chat status to change it.
  4. If you choose Do not disturb, select how long you want to mute your notifications for.
  5. (Optional) To turn off do not disturb, tap your statusand thenAutomatic.

In the Chat panel, people can see a status icon next to your profile picture:

  • "" Available
  • "" Do not disturb
  • "" Away (in last 15 minutes)
  • "" Away (more than 15 minutes)
 

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