Reply to a message

To reply to a Hangouts Chat message, you can enter your text in the reply area or select a suggestion, if available.

Reply faster with suggestions

When you reply to a message, Chat might suggest phrases you can select to respond quickly. These Smart Reply suggestions show up based on the content of the message you received.

See how suggested replies work
How reply suggestions work
Note: The content in this animation is currently only available in English.
  1. Below the message, click the reply area.
  2. Enter your message or pick a suggestion.

    If available, tap a Smart Reply suggestion to enter your response immediately. You can customize the message before sending.

  3. Press Return or click Send Send.

Tip: In a room, don't enter your reply at the bottom under New thread. That creates a new conversation thread instead of replying.

Other options

You can add these options to your reply:

  • Click Upload to share files from your device.
  • Click Drive to share files from Google Drive. Everyone in the room can view shared files.
  • Click Start video call to start a video call.
  • Click Emoji Emoji to add emojis to your message.
  • Click Notifications Notifications (at the top of the conversation) to turn notifications on or off.

Turn off Smart Reply suggestions

You can turn off Smart Reply suggestions on a specific device. This won't turn it off on your other devices.

  1. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Under Smart Reply, uncheck the box.
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