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

Reply to a 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 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 threaded space, do not enter your reply at the bottom under "New thread." If you do, it creates a new conversation thread instead of a reply.

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

You can add these options to your message:

  • To add a person to the conversation or mention them, click and 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 view shared files.
  • To share files from Google Drive, click Add Google Drive file "". Everyone in a space can view shared Drive files.
  • To start a video call, click Add video meeting "".
  • To schedule a calendar meeting, click Calendar event.
  • To send a GIF, click GIF .

Tip: If you use Google Chat on a work or school account, you may not have the option to send a GIF.

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