About rooms and group messages

You can use a room or group message in Google Chat to communicate with more than one person.

  • Rooms: A central place where team members can share files, assign tasks, and stay connected.
  • Group messages: Chat directly with a group. For example, have a quick discussion after a meeting.

Should I use a room or group message?

  Rooms Group messages
Purpose Team or project collaboration and communication Direct message with 2 or more people
Who can chat Add and remove people at any time People can’t be added or removed after the chat starts
Conversations Choose between multiple, threaded conversations, or a single stream of unthreaded messages Unthreaded messages
Message history

Threaded rooms: History is always on and retained according to your organization’s policy 

Unthreaded rooms: History depends on your organization's settings. History can be:

  • Off: Messages are removed after 24 hours
  • On: Messages follow your organization's data retention policy

History depends on your organization's settings. History can be:

  • Off: Messages are removed after 24 hours.
  • On: Messages follow your organization’s data retention policy.
Name The room creator chooses a room name Members’ names are listed
Default Notifications Members notified for conversations they're in or when @mentioned Members notified for every message
Membership Members can leave and rejoin Members can't leave, but can hide the chat in the sidebar
Multiple chat spaces with the same users Can have 2 or more rooms with the same group Can't have 2 group messages with the same group
Create and assign tasks Can create and assign tasks to other room members Not available
Shared files View a list of files shared with the room Can share files but can't view a list of the files
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