Get started with Google Chat

1. Open Chat

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Start by opening Google Chat. You can also add Chat to your Gmail inbox and get all the features of Chat directly in Gmail, so you can collaborate and stay connected from a central location.

1.1 Open Chat

From Chrome Browser, there are several ways to open Chat on your computer:

Note: If you can’t access Chat, contact your administrator.

1.2 Turn Chat on or off in Gmail
  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings ""and thenSee all settings.
  3. At the top, click Chat and Meet.
  4. Select Google Chat or Chat off to turn Chat on or off in Gmail.
  5. At the bottom, click Save Changes.

Note: If you turn off Chat in Gmail, your conversation list and pop-up notifications won't appear in Gmail. However, you can still use Chat on the web (

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