Hangouts Chat for Slack users

Welcome to the new Hangouts Chat in G Suite, a powerful way to communicate with teams of people in your organization. If you’ve been using Slack, this guide will help you learn how to get started with Chat.

As with Slack, you can use Chat to send messages directly to one or more co-workers, create a channel (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, in mobile apps for Android and iPhone / iPad, and in apps for Windows and macOS. Chat keeps all your messages in sync no matter which devices you use, even if you switch between them.

Use Hangouts Chat to communicate in two ways

Have a private conversation–Use a direct message to communicate with a colleague or small group of people. This works a lot like it does in Slack.

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. Rooms are similar to channels in Slack. All members can see the conversation history so they won't miss what was already discussed. Rooms can have multiple threads to discuss different topics within the same room.

Comparison at a glance

In Slack... In Hangouts Chat...
Open Slack in a browser, mobile app, Mac, or Windows Open Chat in a browser, mobile app, Mac, or Windows
Send a direct message to someone Send a direct message to someone or a group
Join a channel Join a room and start a new conversation
Create a new channel Create a new room
Edit a message Edit a message
Add styles and emoji to your message Add styles and emoji to your message
Add and remove people from a channel Add and remove people from a room
Leave a channel Leave a room
Upload and share files Upload and share files
Search your messages Search your messages
Manage your notifications Manage your notifications
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