Google Hangouts has been replaced by Google Chat. Learn about the switch from Google Hangouts to Google Chat.

Get started with Google Chat

Use Google Chat to message a person or group:

Sign in to Google Chat

  1. Download the Chat app or the Gmail app from the App Store.
  2. Open the app.
  3. If prompted, sign in to your Google Account.
Tip: Learn how to turn on Chat in Gmail.

Understand Google Chat symbols

Symbol Description Learn more
Add a Drive file Attach a file to a message
"" Send feedback
Gallery Select a photo to send Attach a file to a message
Start a video meeting Start a video meeting Start a video meeting
"" Take a photo to send
Add event Schedule a meeting Schedule and share a Google Calendar meeting
"" Search for people, words or spaces Search chat messages
Add View more composing options
"" Add formatting to text Add formatting to your Google Chat messages
Send a GIF

Change your profile photo or name

Profile photo

Google Chat displays your Google Account's profile photo. If you update your photo for Chat, it's updated for other Google services. Add or change your profile photo.

Profile name

Google Chat displays the name on your Google Account. Change your profile name.

Tip: To change your name on a work or school account, contact your administrator. Who is my administrator?

Send feedback in the Chat app

  1. Open the Google Chat app "".
  2. Go to the area in Chat that you have trouble with.
  3. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Send feedback.
  4. Enter your comments in the box.
    Optional: If a screenshot would help to explain your feedback to our support team, leave the box next to 'Screenshot' ticked. If you don’t want to include a screenshot, untick the box.
  5. At the top right, tap Send

Tip: In your feedback, try to give as many details as you can about the problem or suggestion.


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