Update the Electron-based Google Chat app to the Progressive Web App

Google plans to shut down the Electron-based Google Chat app in March 2021. You can use the Google Chat Progressive Web App (PWA) in its place. The PWA offers a faster and more secure experience with better capability and reliability. The PWA updates automatically—you only need to keep up with Chrome Browser updates. 

The PWA is supported with Chrome Browser version 73 or higher on:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Chrome OS
  • Linux

Install the Chat Progressive Web App

For a simple and efficient way to use Google Chat, install the new Google Chat standalone app from your Chrome Browser. The standalone app is a Progressive Web Application (PWA) that provides a native app experience.

Before you begin

To install the new Chat PWA standalone app, make sure:

Install the standalone app on your computer

  1. Sign in to chat.google.com.
  2. Use any of these methods to install the app on your computer:
    • If the app isn't already installed, a pop-up window opens and lets you download the app.
    • In the top right of Google Chrome, click More "" and then Install Google Chat.
    • In the top right of chat.google.com, click Settings "" and then Install Chat app.

Note: If you already created a Chrome shortcut to chat.google.com, the standalone app automatically installs for you. You won't see the option to install the app.

To open the app from Chrome, go to chrome://apps and click Google Chat. On a Chromebook, you can find the app in the Launcher (button at the bottom left of the screen).

Uninstall the Electron-based Google Chat app on your Mac

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Applications.
  3. Drag Chat "" into Trash.
  4. In the top left, click Finder > Empty Trash.

Find more support for uninstalling apps on your Mac.

Uninstall the Electron-based Google Chat app on Windows

Find out which version of Windows you’re running.

For Windows 10:

  1. At the bottom left of your screen, click Start.
  2. Click Settings > Apps > Chat > Uninstall.

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