Google Chat "rooms" are being renamed "spaces." It may take time for the name change to appear everywhere. Learn more.

Use Google Chat in Gmail

To manage your communication, stay connected, and collaborate in one place, add Google Chat to your Gmail inbox. If you use a work or school account, your organization determines if this option is available.

Turn Chat on or off in Gmail

  1. Open the Gmail app "".
  2. At the top left, tap Menu "" and then Settings.
  3. Choose an account to opt in to Google Chat.
  4. Under “General,” next to “Chat,” check or uncheck the box next to “Show the chat and spaces tab.”

How is Chat in Gmail different from Chat?

You get the same features in Chat and Chat in Gmail, but the integrated Gmail experience provides a central location to communicate with friends, family, or coworkers between emails.

  • Chat: Use when you prefer a dedicated chat experience and don't mind switching between different apps.
  • Gmail: Use when you like to multi-task and prefer to view all of your communications in one place.

Customize notifications

You automatically get a notification for new threads, threads you follow, and conversations. Learn how to turn Chat notifications on or off.
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