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Use Google Chat in Gmail

To manage your communication, stay connected, and collaborate in one place, add Google Chat to your Gmail inbox. If you use a work or school account, your organization determines if this option is available.
Important: Your child can use Chat in the Gmail app, or in the web version of Gmail, even if the Chat app is blocked. Learn how to manage your child's Google Account.

Turn Chat on or off in Gmail

An animation showing how to turn Chat on or off in Gmail on Android

  1. Open the Gmail app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu  and then Settings.
  3. Choose an account to opt in to Google Chat.
  4. Under “General,” next to “Chat,” turn on Show the chat and spaces tab.

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 get all of your communications in one place. Learn more about the new integrated Gmail layout.
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