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Start a group chat

You can start a group chat with friends through Google Allo. You can message anyone in your contacts who has Allo or who can be reached through an app preview message or an SMS notification.

Groups are limited to 256 people. You can add people directly, share the chat's link, or use a QR code. If you can't send a message using Allo, you'll see "Invite" next to the contact's name.

Start a new group chat

  1. On your Android phone, open Allo.
  2. Tap Start Chat New chat and then Start group chat.
  3. From the Contacts list, tap the names of the people you want to chat with. You can also search for their names or numbers.
  4. Tap Next and then Name the group chat.
    1. Optional: Make yourself the group manager. You can't go back and turn on these controls after the group is created. You also can choose to add a photo, or choose an avatar.
  5. Tap Done.
  6. Enter your message and tap Send Send.

If you can't send a message using Allo, you'll see "Invite" next to the contact's name.

Settings for group chats

Once you've created a group chat, you can change its settings:

Make yourself a group manager

When you create a new group chat, you can make yourself the group manager. You can't do this later.

Note: To let anyone in the group change the group settings, don't set a group manager.

  1. On your Android phone, open Allo.
  2. Tap Start Chat New chat and then Start group chat.
  3. Tap the names of people to add to the group chat and then Next.
  4. Turn on Group chat controls.

Only group managers can:

  • Change the group name and photo.
  • Remove or ban someone from a group chat. 
  • Share or reset the group chat link. 
  • Add or remove someone as a group manager: Tap the group icon and then Group details and then Choose a person and then Make group admin or Remove group admin.
Change the group chat link

To protect the privacy of the group, you can reset the group chat's link. When the link is reset, the QR code also resets. 

Note: If group manager controls are on, only group managers can reset group chat links.

  1. Tap the group chat.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon and then Group Details and then Reset link and then Reset.

To let people join your group chat, send them the new link.

Add someone to a group chat
  1. Tap the group chat you want to add someone to.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon.
  3. Choose one of the following:
    • Add a person directly: Tap Add people and then Tap the person's name and then Next.
    • Send someone a link: Tap Group Details and then Share invite link and thenChoose an app to send the link. You can edit the invitation message before you send it.
    • Add a person using a QR code: Tap Group details and then Add with QR code. When the QR code shows, tell the other person to scan it by going to Menu Menuand thenQR scanner. Anyone with the QR code can join the group chat.
Mention someone by name

If you want to mention someone specifically by name, type "@" and tap the name that you want. Then type what you want to say and tap Send Send.

Options to exit group chats 

Leave a group chat

When you leave a group, your group chat history will be deleted from your device. But the messages won't be deleted on other people's devices.

  1. Tap the group conversation you want to leave.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon and then Group details and then Leave and delete chat history.
  3. Tap Leave to confirm you're leaving the group chat.
Remove someone from a group chat

If your group chat has a group manager, then only the manager can remove someone from the chat. If group chat doesn't have a manager, anyone can remove someone at any time.

When you remove someone, the messages will be deleted from their device.

  1. Tap the group conversation from which you want to remove someone.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile iconand then Group details.
  3. Tap the person’s name and then Remove from group.

Ban someone from a group chat: Group managers only

Only group managers can ban someone in the group chat. When you ban someone, they are permanently removed from the group and can’t rejoin. 
  1. Tap the group conversation from which you want to remove someone.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon and then Group details.
  3. Tap the person’s name and then Remove and ban from group. Once you ban someone, you can't undo it.
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