Get started with Google Chat

Use Google Chat to message and collaborate with anybody you work with. You can use Chat to:

  • Talk to people directly or in small group messages.
  • Collaborate in large, named groups called spaces.
  • Send and share files from Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets.
  • Set up tasks and meetings.
  • Add apps to enhance your productivity.

Use Chat in Gmail

You can use Chat directly in Gmail on desktop and in the Gmail app for Android and iOS.

If you don’t find Chat in Gmail, you may need to turn it on in Gmail settings. Learn more about Chat in Gmail.

Go to Gmail settings

Access Chat from the web

To message people from the web, open Chat in your browser.

Open Chat

Tip: You can also install the standalone app for Google Chrome. Learn how to download the Chat standalone app.

Download & install Chat

To message people from your mobile device, download the Chat app for Android and iOS.

Android  iOS

Sign in to Google Chat

Important: To use Chat, you need a Google Account. Learn how to create a Google Account.

  1. In your browser, open Chat.
  2. If prompted, sign in.

Tip: Chat displays the name and profile photo from your Google Account. Learn how to change personal info in your Google Account.

Use Chat at work or school

If you have a work or school account that’s part of Google Workspace, you can use Chat to communicate in large spaces, small groups, or with another person.

Before you use Chat, your organization needs to set up Chat. If you don’t see Chat, reach out to your administrator. Learn how to find your administrator.

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