Classic Hangouts will be replaced by Google Chat. Learn about the switch from classic Hangouts to Google Chat.

Add or remove people & bots from a space or group conversation

Important: If you use Google Chat on a personal account, you may not be able to interact with bots. Learn the differences between Google Chat account types.

To add people and bots to a space or group conversation in Google Chat, add them to the member list. You can also add them to a space or group conversation with an @mention.

Tips: 

  • As people move from classic Hangouts to Google Chat, previous group conversations won’t let members leave or add and remove people.
  • To give members the option to leave a space or conversation, or add and remove members, create a new group conversation or space in Google Chat. 
  • You can tell that a conversation or space is new if you click More options "" and have the option to ”Leave.”
Add people or bots to a space or group conversation
  1. ​Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. ​On the left, select the space or group message.
  3. Click the space name or group conversation.
  4. Click More options ""and then Add people & bots.
  5. Enter the name or email of the person or group you want to add.
  6. Click Send.

Tips:

  • An email invite is sent to someone if:
    • They belong to another organization and the space was created by your Google Workspace account.
    • They haven’t had a 1:1 conversation with you before. 
  • Someone you invite to a space is added directly if:
    • You're in the same organization. 
    • They’ve had a 1:1 conversation with you before.
  • People added directly to spaces don't get email notifications. 
  • If you use a Google Workspace account, members of your organization may get an email invite or be directly added to a space or group conversation.
View members of a space or group conversation
  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. ​On the left, select the space or group conversation.
  3. Click More options ""and then View members.

Optional: To add more members to the space or group conversation, click Add add .

Remove people or bots from a space or group conversation

You can remove members from a space or group conversation. If you remove someone, they can’t participate in the space or group conversation. They also can’t view message history. 

If you added someone to the space as part of a group in Google Groups, you need to first remove them from the group, then remove them from the space. Or, you can remove the entire group from the space.

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. On the left, select the space or group conversation.
  3. On the top, click the space name. Or, at the top right of the conversation, click More options "" and then View members.
  4. Point to the person and click More options "" and then Remove from space.
Invite a group to a space
If you use Google Chat on a personal account, you can’t invite Google Groups to spaces.
Create public spaces
If you use Google Chat on a Google Workspace account, your administrator can create a space that everyone in your organization can find. For example, your administrator can add a group named everyone@yourcompany.com to a space.

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