Hangouts Chat is now Google Chat. You might temporarily see references to both names until this change rolls out everywhere.

Create a room in Google Chat

Create a room in Google Chat to provide a place where a group can communicate and collaborate.

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. Next to “Rooms,” click Create or find a room "" and then Create room.
  3. Enter a room name.
  4. Optional: At the top left, click Choose an emoji "". If you don't select an emoji, a default avatar is used.
  5. Enter names or email addresses of people and groups you want to add. You can also select from suggestions. If you use a Google Workspace account, suggestions include everyone in your organization, even if they don't have Google Chat.
  6. Optional: To allow threaded replies, select Use threaded replies.
    • You can’t change this setting.
    • Threaded rooms can only be created by Google Workspace accounts.
  7. Optional: To allow external people to join the room, select Allow people outside your organization to join. If your administrator doesn’t allow this feature, you may not have this option.
    • You can’t change this setting.
    • The option to create rooms that allow guests is only available on Google Workspace accounts.
  8. Click Create.
  9. Optional: To add more people and bots to the room, click Add people & bots. Enter names or emails. Click Send.

Turn a group chat into a chat room

If you created a group chat, you can turn it into a chat room. When you use a chat room, you can name the room, share files, and assign tasks with other people in the room. 
  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. From the Chat panel, find and click the group chat you want to change to a room.
  3. At the top, next to the group chat name, click the Down arrow Drop down arrowand then Turn this chat into a room .
  4. Add a room name. To add an optional room icon, click Add "".
  5. Click Done. A notification confirms your chat is now a room, and notifies members in the group of the change.
After you make the change, you can find chat, files, and tasks tabs in your chat room.
Tip: You can add and remove people from a room at any time.
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