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Add or remove people in a group conversation or space

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

Tips:

  • To give members the option to leave a group conversation or space, 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.”

Manage people in a group conversation

Add people to a group conversation
  1. ​Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. ​On the left, select the group conversation you want to manage.
  3. At the top, click the name of the group conversation.
  4. Click Add people.
  5. Enter the name or email of the person or group you want to add.
  6. Click Add

Tip: If you use a Google Workspace account, members of your organization may get an email invite or be directly added to a group conversation.

View members of a group conversation
  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. ​On the left, select the group conversation you want to view.
  3. At the top, click the name of the group conversation.
  4. Click View members.
  5. Optional: To add more members to the group conversation, click Add add .
Remove people from a group conversation

You can remove members from a group conversation. When you remove someone from a group conversation, they can’t:

  • Do any actions in that group conversation
  • View that group conversation’s message history
  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. ​On the left, select the group conversation you want to view.
  3. At the top, click the name of the group conversation.
  4. Click View members.
  5. To remove a person, click More options "" and then  Remove from space.

Manage people in a space

Add people to a space
  1. ​Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. ​On the left, select the space you want to manage.
  3. At the top, click the name of the space.
  4. Click Manage members. The current members of that space are displayed.
  5. At the top right, click + Add.
  6. Enter the name or email of the person or group you want to add.
  7. Click Add.
  8. Optional: To view invited members, click Manage members and then Invited.

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.
View members of a space
  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. ​On the left, select the space.
  3. Click the name of the space.
  4. Click Manage members. The current members of that space are displayed.
  5. Optional: To add more members to the space, click + Add.
Remove people from a space

If you're a Space Manager, you can remove members from a space. After you remove someone, they can't:

  • Do any actions in that space
  • View that space’s message history

To remove someone added to a space as part of a group in Google Groups, you can either:

  • Remove that person from that group, then remove them from the space in that group.
  • Remove the entire group from the space.
  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. On the left, select the space.
  3. On the top, click the name of the space.
  4. Click Manage members.
  5. To remove a person, 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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