Google Hangouts has been replaced by Google Chat. Learn about the switch from Google Hangouts to Google Chat.

Reply to a chat message

To reply to a message in Google Chat, you can enter text or select a suggestion if available. You might get suggestions based on the content of the message that you received. 

Reply to a chat message

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. On the bottom, tap Chat "" or Spaces Rooms.
  3. Open a chat message or a space. 
  4. If you’re in a space, below the message, tap Reply "".
  5. Enter your message or select a suggestion. You can customize a suggested message before you send it.
  6. Tap Send "".
Tip: If you're in a space grouped by topic, do not enter your reply by tapping "New topic". If you do, it creates a new conversation topic instead of a reply. If you're in a space with in-line threading, learn how to reply in a thread.

Turn off suggestions in Chat

You can turn off suggestions on a specific device, but it won't turn it off on other devices.

  1. At the top left, tap Menu ""and thenSettings.
  2. Next to Smart Reply, turn off the setting.

Other options

You can add options to your message.

  • To add a person to the conversation: Type and then enter a name.
  • To add a photo to the message: Tap Photo Gallery.
  • To view other options, tap Action menu Add. Then:
    • To take a picture and add it to the message: Tap Camera Photo.
    • To start a video call: Tap Meet link "".
    • To schedule a meeting: Tap Calendar invite Add event.
    • To share files from Google Drive: Tap Drive .
      • If people in a conversation or space don't have access to a Drive file, you may get a request to share the file.
    • To add formatting to text: Tap Format "".
    • To send a GIF, tap GIF .
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