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

Create a space in Google Chat

Create a space 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 ‘Spaces’, click Create or find a space "" and then Create space.
  3. Enter a space 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 that you want to add. You can also select from suggestions. If you use a Google Workspace account, suggestions include everyone in your organisation, even if they don't have Google Chat.
  6. (Optional) To allow threaded replies, select Use threaded replies.
    Important: 
    • You can’t change this setting.
    • Threaded spaces can only be created by Google Workspace accounts.
  7. Optional: To allow external people to join the space, select Allow people outside your organisation to join. If your administrator doesn’t allow this feature, you may not have this option.
    Important: 
    • You can’t change this setting.
    • The option to create spaces that allow guests is only available on Google Workspace accounts.
  8. Click Create.
  9. Optional: To add more people and bots to the space, click Add people & bots. Enter names or emails. Click Send.

Turn a group chat into a space

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