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Unable to open image. Please install latest version of Drive
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I just switched to Google Chat from Classic Hangout on my mobile Device, running Android version 11. 
I am using the Google Chat android client app and not a browser.
When I click on an image that I have sent or received I get the following message:
"Unable to open image. Please install latest version of Drive."
I do not use Drive and I have no intention of using Drive.
Why cant I view images anymore?
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Hi Deryl,  are you sure it was an image uploaded to the Chat and not a Google Docs file or other file stored in Google Drive? 
 
I was going to test it, but I can't actually uninstall the Drive app from my Pixel phone.  
 
Do you use the Gmail app? If so, do you have any trouble opening images there?  And if you enable Chat in the Gmail app can you view images?
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are you sure it was an image uploaded to the Chat and not a Google Docs file or other file stored in Google Drive? - POSITIVE it's an image.

Do you use the Gmail app? If so, do you have any trouble opening images there?  And if you enable Chat in the Gmail app can you view images? - I have no issues viewing images embedded in emails in the gmail app. How does one enable Chat within the Gmail app on Android mobile? I don't see any such option. I have had to install Google Chat separately to be able to use chat.
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To enable Chat in the Gmail app: 
 
1. Open the Gmail app
2. On the left menu tap Settings
3. Tap the email you use for Chat (if you have more than one Gmail email)
4. Under General tick the box next to "Show the Chat and Rooms tabs"
 
Once you do that you should see your Chats in the Gmail app. 
 
Try that and see if you can view the image without Drive installed there.
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Thanks but same message when clicking on an image even when Chat/Rooms is enabled in the GMail Android app on my mobile.
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Do submit feedback from inside the Chat app. You can do that from the left menu.
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