Learn about your role as a space manager

When you create a space in Google Chat, you automatically become the space manager. As a space manager, you can:

  • Remove and add participants.
  • Promote other members to be space managers, or remove them from the list of space managers.
  • Delete a space.
  • Delete messages.
  • Edit the space name, avatar, and description.

Space managers have a diamond  next to their name in the message stream and in the member list of the space.

Space managers who use a work or school account can update additional settings, such as space access and permissions. Learn how to change space access and permissions.

Add members

  1. On your computer, open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, select the space.
  3. Click the space name and then Manage members.
  4. Click + Add.
  5. Enter the name or email of the person or group that you want to add.
  6. Click Add.

Remove members

  1. On your computer, open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, select the space.
  3. Click the space name and then Manage members.
  4. Point to the person and click More actions and then Remove from space.

Make someone a space manager

  1. On your computer, open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, select the space.
  3. Click the space name and then Manage members.
  4. Point to the person and click More actions and then Make space manager.

Tip: The last space manager can’t leave a space unless they delete the space or make someone else a space manager.

Change someone from space manager to member

  1. On your computer, open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, select the space.
  3. Click the space name And then Manage members.
  4. Point to the person and click More actions And then Change from space manager to Member.

Delete messages

Space managers can delete any message in a space. Space members can only delete their own messages. Learn how to delete a message as a space member.
  1. On your computer, open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, select the space.
  3. Point to the message you want to delete.
  4. Click More actions and then Delete .
  5. In the window that opens, click Delete.
Important:
  • When a message is deleted in a space, a time stamp may appear. The time stamp remains for 30 days or longer based on the retention policy of your company.
  • The “Delete messages” feature is only available to specific subscriptions and might not be available on your work or school account.

Edit space descriptions & guidelines

Space managers can add or edit the space description so that others know its purpose. To manage members’ expectations and create a safer community experience, you can add or edit guidelines.
  1. On your computer, open Google Chat or Gmail.
    • In Gmail: On the left, click Chat.
  2. On the left, select the space.
  3. At the top, click the space name and then Space details.
  4. In the window that opens, click Edit.
  5. Add a description and guidelines.
  6. Click Save.

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