Use apps in Google Chat

Apps are special accounts you can message that connect you to services in Chat, so you can:
  • Look up information.
  • Schedule a meeting.
  • Do tasks.

Learn how apps work in Google Chat

When you interact with an app in Chat, the app can see your:

The app can see other’s basic information in a chat, but it can't see their email address or avatar unless they interact directly with the app.

Google creates and maintains some apps, such as the Meet and Google Drive apps.

Third-party software vendors create and maintain other apps. If you use a third-party app, review the vendor's Terms of Service and privacy policy for more information on the third-party use of your data.

Important: On your work or school accounts, your admin can install apps on your behalf. Afterwards, the apps can send you direct messages. You can't uninstall the apps, but you can turn off notifications for conversations with the app.


Find and add apps

Important: If you have a work or school account, your organization controls which apps are available to you. You can:

  • Send it a direct message.
  • Add it to spaces or conversations.
  1. Open the Chat app  or Gmail app .
  2. At the bottom, tap Chat .
  3. Tap New chat  and then Find apps.
  4. Search or browse for an app.
  5. Select an app.
  6. Enter your message.
  7. Tap Send .


  • To perform tasks on your behalf, the app sends a prompt to get your permission to access your Google Account. To grant permission, go to the prompt, tap AllowLearn how to remove access to third-party apps to your account.
  • To uninstall an app in a direct message, at the top, tap the app name and then Uninstall. For work or school accounts, you can’t uninstall apps that your admin installed.

Add apps to conversations or spaces

  1. Open the Chat app  or Gmail app .
  2. Select a conversation or space.
  3. At the top, tap the space name or conversation participants and then Manage apps.
  4. Tap Add apps.
  5. Search or browse for an app.
  6. Tap Done.

Remove apps from a conversation or space

  1. Open the Chat app  or Gmail app .
  2. Select a conversation or space.
  3. At the top, tap the conversation participants or space name and then Manage apps and then More options  and then Remove from chat or Remove from space.

Use slash commands in messages

Use slash commands in Google Chat to communicate quickly with apps. You don’t have to remember the commands. Enter a forward slash /, and a list of commands appears.

Only you can view the slash commands you use. The app's responses are visible in the conversation. 

  1. Open the Chat app  or Gmail app .
  2. Open the conversation or space with the app.
  3. In the reply area, enter a forward slash /.
    A list of apps appears. Under each app name is a list of commands. As you enter more characters, the list shortens to match. 
  4. Choose a command and enter additional info and then tap Send .

Tip: If the app isn’t already in the conversation or space, the app is added when you message it.

Get help with apps

  1. Open the Chat app  or Gmail app .
  2. Open a conversation with an app.
  • At the top, tap About.
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