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

Join a room in Google Chat

When you’re invited to join a room, you can preview the room and view its message history.

Join a room from Gmail or Chat 

  1. Open Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. At the top left, click Start a chat "".
  3. Click Browse rooms.

    The rooms that you're directly invited to appear at the top of the list. To find a room, enter its name.

  4. Optional: To preview a room, point to the room name and click Preview.
    When you preview a room, you can read messages, but you can't participate in the conversation or get notifications.
  5. Click Add "" or Join in the preview to join the room.
  6. Click Open to open the room.
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