Hangouts Chat is now Google Chat. You might temporarily see references to both names until this change rolls out everywhere.

Install the Google Chat standalone app

For a simple and efficient way to use Google Chat, install the new Google Chat standalone app in your Chrome Browser. The standalone app is a Progressive Web Application (PWA) that provides a native app experience.

Before you begin

To install the Chat PWA standalone app, make sure:

  • Your device is running Google Chrome 73 or up.
    • Chrome doesn’t need to be your default browser, but it does need to be open to use the Chat standalone app.
  • You can install Chrome extensions and apps on your computer.

Install the standalone app on your computer

  1. Sign in to
  2. To install the app on your computer, try one of these methods:
    • If the app isn't already installed, a pop-up window opens to download the app.
      • Tip: This pop-up window might appear shortly after you first use Google Chat.
    • At the top right of Google Chrome, in the URL bar, click Install   and then Install.
    • At the top right of Google Chrome, click Customize and control Google Chrome "" and then Install Google Chat.


  • If you already created a Google Chrome shortcut to, the standalone app automatically installs. You won't have the option to manually install the app.
  • To open the app from Google Chrome, in the address bar, enter chrome://apps and click Google Chat.
  • On a Chromebook, you can find the app from the Launcher .

Uninstall the standalone app on Mac, Windows, or Linux

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, enter chrome://apps.
  3. Right-click on the standalone app "".
  4. Select Remove from Chrome and then Remove.

Uninstall the standalone app on Chrome OS

  1. On your computer, open Launcher .
  2. In the search bar, search for Google Chat.
  3. In the search results, right-click on the Chat standalone app "".
  4. Click Remove from Chrome and then Remove.

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