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 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 rooms can only be created by Google Workspace accounts.
  7. Optional: To allow external people to join the room, 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 rooms that allow guests is only available on Google Workspace accounts.
  8. Click on Create.
  9. Optional: To add more people and bots to the room, click Add people and bots. Enter names or emails. Click Send.
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