Google Hangouts has been upgraded to 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. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. Open a chat message.
  3. Below the message, click the reply area.
  4. Enter your message or select a suggestion.
  5. You can customize a suggested message before you send it.
  6. Press Return or click Send "".

Tip: If you're in a space grouped by topic, do not enter your reply by clicking "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

  1. Go to Google Chat or your Gmail account.
  2. At the top right, click Settings ""and thenSettings.
  3. Under "Smart Reply," uncheck the box.

Other options

  • To add a person to the conversation or mention them: Type , then enter a name.
  • To add emojis to your message: Click Emoji "".
  • To share files from your device: Click Upload file "".
    • Everyone in a space can find shared files.
  • To share files from Google Drive: Click Add Google Drive file "".
    • Everyone in a space can find shared Drive files.
  • To start a video call: Click Add video meeting "".
  • To schedule a calendar meeting: Click Calendar .
  • To send a GIF: Click GIF .
  • To add formatting to text: Click Format "".


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