Turn Chat on or off in Gmail
- Open the Gmail app .
- At the top left, tap Menu Settings.
- Under "Apps in Gmail," tap Chat.
- Turn "Chat" on or off.
How is Chat in Gmail different from Chat?
You get the same features in Chat and Chat in Gmail, but the integrated Gmail experience provides a central location to communicate with friends, family, or coworkers between emails.
- Chat: Use when you prefer a dedicated chat experience and don't mind switching between different apps.
- Gmail: Use when you like to multi-task and prefer to view all of your communications in one place. Learn more about the new integrated Gmail layout.