Update the Electron-based Google Chat app to the progressive web app

Google plans to shut down the Electron-based Google Chat app in January 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 will open to allow you to download the app.
    • At the top right of Google Chrome, click More "" and then Install Google Chat.
    • At 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 Bin.
  4. At the top left, click Finder > Empty bin.

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-hand side of your screen, click Start.
  2. Click Settings > Apps > Chat > Uninstall.

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