Switching to Hangouts Chat from Slack

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Chat

Now that you’ve switched from Slack® to G Suite, here are some tips on using Chat to collaborate with your team, whether in a 1:1 direct message (DM) or a dedicated group workspace.


Get Chat: chat.google.com | Desktop app | Android app | iOS app

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In Slack... In Chat...
Open Slack in a browser, mobile app, Mac®, or Windows®
Open Chat in a browser, mobile app, Mac, or Windows
For more details, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.
Send a DM to someone
Send a DM to someone or a group

Send a DM to someone

  1. Click Find people, rooms, bots.
  2. Enter a name or email address.
  3. Enter your DM and click Send Send a message.
For more details, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.

Send a DM to a group

  1. Click Find people, rooms, botsand thenGroup message.
  2. Enter names or email addresses.
  3. Click Message.
  4. Enter your DM and click Send Send a message.
For more details, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.
Join a channel
Preview and join a room
  1. Click Find people, rooms, botsand thenBrowse rooms.
  2. Enter a room that you’ve been invited to. 
  3. Point to a room and click Preview
  4. From the preview, click Join
For more details, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.
Create a channel
Create a room
  1. On the left, click Find people, rooms, botsand thenCreate room.

  2. Enter a room name and click Create.
Edit a message
Edit text in a conversation
Point to your conversation and click Edit Edit. Make your change and click Update.
Add styles and emoji to your message
Add styles and emoji to your text

In a reply:

  • Click Emoji Emoji and select the emoji you want to add.
  • To bold, add an asterisk (*) before and after the text.
  • To italicize, add an underscore (_) before and after the text.
  • To add code formatting to a block of text on a new line, add (```) before and after the text.
  • To add code formatting to text in-line, add (`) before and after the text.
Leave a channel
Leave a room
On the left, point to a room and click More Moreand thenLeave.
Delete messages
Delete your message in a conversation or delete an entire DM

Delete your message in a conversation—Point to your message in a conversation and click Delete Delete.

Delete an entire DM—On the left under People, point to a DM and click More Moreand thenDelete conversation.

Upload and share files
Upload and share files
  1. In a reply, choose an option:
    • To attach a file from your computer, click File upload Upload file.
    • To attach a file from Google Drive, click Add Google Drive file Save to Drive.
  2. Click Send Send a message.
Search your messages
Search your messages
  1. At the top, click Search Search and enter your search query.
  2. On the left, choose where to search:
    • In a particular room
    • In All rooms and direct messages
For more details, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.
Manage your notifications
Manage your notifications
  1. Click Settings Settingsand thenSettings.
  2. Choose push notification options for web and desktop, mobile devices, and email.
For more details, see Get started with Hangouts Chat.
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