Use Google Chat in Gmail

To manage your communication in one place, add Google Chat to your Gmail inbox. Get all the features of Chat directly in Gmail, so you can collaborate and stay connected from a central location. 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 thenSettings.
  3. Select your account.
  4. Next to Show the chat and rooms tab, tap Turn on "" or Turn off "".

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 for collaborating across your Google Workspace services.

  • 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 see all your communications in one place.

Customize notifications

You automatically get a notification for new threads, threads you're following, and direct messages. Learn about turning Chat notifications on or off.

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