Get started with Hangouts Chat

Welcome to the new Hangouts Chat, a powerful way to communicate with teams of people in your organization. Start a direct message with one or more co-workers, create a room to have ongoing conversations with groups of people, and use powerful bots to help automate your work.

Chat works in the browser on your desktop or laptop computer, and in mobile apps for Android and iPhone & iPad. Chat keeps all your messages in sync no matter which devices you use, even if you switch between them.

Use Chat to communicate in two ways

  • Have a private conversation–Use a direct message to communicate with a colleague or small group of people.
  • Start a group conversation—Use a room to have an ongoing conversation with your team or a group of people that can change over time. All members can see the conversation history so they won't miss what was already discussed. Rooms can have multiple threads, called conversations, to discuss different topics within the same room.
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