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
- Open the Gmail app .
- At the top left, tap Menu Settings.
- Select your account.
- 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.
You automatically get a notification for new threads, threads you're following, and direct messages. Learn about turning Chat notifications on or off.