Get started with Hangouts Chat

Hangouts Chat is a powerful way to communicate with people in your organization. Start a message with one or more coworkers, create a room for ongoing conversations with groups of people, and use bots to help automate your work.

Chat works in your computer browser and in mobile apps for Android and iOS. Chat keeps all your messages in sync no matter which devices you use, even if you switch between them.

Communicate in two ways

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

Sign in to Hangouts Chat

Sign in to Hangouts Chat to send and receive messages with your coworkers.

  1. Open Chat.
  2. If prompted, sign in to your Google Account for work or school.

You can also download native apps for Hangouts Chat on Windows and macOS.

Trouble signing in with the native apps? Learn more.

Work with Hangouts Chat


Symbol Description Learn more
Search Search for people, words, or rooms Search chat messages
Settings Set up general notifications Turn notifications on or off
Feedback Send feedback
App Launcher Open other Google apps Use the Google bar
History on History on Turn chat history on or off
History off History off Turn chat history on or off
Upload Upload a file Attach a file to a message
Add a Drive file Upload a Google Drive file Attach a file to a message
Add video meeting Start a video meeting Start a video meeting
Emoji Add an emoji
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