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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 computer, open Allo for web.
  2. Click Start a chat New chat.
  3. From the Contacts list, click the names of the people you want to chat with. You can also search for their names or numbers.
  4. Click Create group.
  5. Enter your message and click Send Send.

Note: If you have Allo on an Android phone, you can make yourself a group manager when creating the group chat on the mobile app. 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.

Add someone to a group chat

  1. Click the group chat you want to add someone to.
  2. In the upper right, click the profile icon.
  3. Choose one of the following:
    • Add a person directly: Tap Add people and then Click Tap the person's name and then Next.
    • Send someone a link: You'll need to share the link through your Allo mobile app, but people can use the link on their computer to join. Click 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.

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. Click the group conversation you want to leave.
  2. In the upper right, click the profile icon and then Group details and then Leave and delete chat history.
  3. Click 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. Click the group conversation from which you want to remove someone.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile iconand then Group details.
  3. Click the person’s name and then Remove from group.
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