Send and receive chat messages

You can exchange chat messages with other players on stadia.com or in the Stadia app Stadia icon. You can also exchange messages with other members of your party while the party is active.

On a TV using Chromecast Ultra, you can use Smart Replies to send custom replies to the messages that you receive.

Getting started

Before you send a message for the first time, you'll be prompted to set a preference for whose messages you'll see on Stadia.

On stadia.com

  1. Sign in to your account on stadia.com.
  2. If you're using a Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
    • If you're on the Stadia home screen, you can also click Friends Friends icon.
  3. Click Messages.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to choose privacy and notification settings.

In the Stadia app

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap Friends Friends icon.
  3. Tap Messages.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to choose privacy and notification settings.

Privacy settings and parental controls

You can choose whose messages you'll see in your privacy settings. Options include All players, Friends and Private (or No one). This setting controls the messages that will be visible to you. For example, if you choose Friends, anyone can send you a message, but you'll only see messages from your friends.

Messaging for supervised members of your family group is turned off by default. If you're a parent, go to the Stadia family dashboard to enable Stadia messaging for supervised group members. When you enable messages for a family member, you can then choose in the dashboard whose messages they'll be able to see.

If you choose not to enable messaging for a supervised member (such as a child), they won't be able to see any messages that are sent to them.

Send and receive messages

On stadia.com

  1. Sign in to your account on stadia.com.
  2. If you're using a Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
    • If you're on the Stadia home screen, you can also click Friends Friends icon.
  3. Click Messages and then click a conversation to view it.
  4. To start a new conversation, click Send a message.
  5. Type the Stadia Name or email address of the person that you want to message into the text box. You can also click a friend's name to message them.
  6. Next to the player's Stadia Name, click Messages Messages.
  7. Click the text box and then type your message and then press Enter.

Your conversations will appear below Messages. More recent conversations will appear on top. To continue a conversation, just click it.

In the Stadia app

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap Friends Friends icon.
  3. Tap Messages and then tap a conversation to view it.
  4. To start a new conversation, tap Send a message.
  5. Type the Stadia Name or email address of the person that you want to message into the text box. You can also tap a friend's name to message them.
  6. A list of players will appear. Next to the Stadia Name of the person that you want to chat with, tap Messages Messages.
  7. Tap the text box and then type your message and then tap Send Send.

Your conversations will appear below Messages. More recent conversations will appear on top. To continue a conversation, just tap it.

On a TV with Chromecast Ultra

At this time, you cannot start conversations when playing Stadia on Chromecast Ultra. However, you can reply to messages. To get started, you'll first need to go to the Messages tab in the Stadia menu on stadia.com or the Stadia app Stadia icon.

When you sign in to Stadia on your TV, you may receive a prompt asking you to re-add your Stadia account to your Chromecast Ultra. To sign in again, just follow the on-screen instructions. Read more about adding a Stadia account to Chromecast.

After someone sends you a message on Chromecast Ultra, you can view and reply to it:

  1. Sign in to your account on Chromecast Ultra.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  3. Select Messages Messages and then Select a conversation to view it.
    • Note: If you receive new messages, a dot will appear over Messages Messages in the Stadia menu.
  4. Use Smart Replies to respond to messages. See below for instructions on how to use those features.

Smart Replies

On a TV with Chromecast Ultra, on stadia.com or in the Stadia app Stadia icon, Smart Replies may appear above the text box on the conversation screen after you receive a message. These will be responses like 'Hello' or 'Ready?' To send a Smart Reply, just select one of the preset messages.

Message notifications

When you receive a message on Stadia, you'll get a notification:

  • On a TV using Chromecast Ultra or signed in to stadia.com, a red dot will appear on your friends list and on the messages section of the Stadia menu. You'll also get a pop-up notification.
  • In the Stadia app Stadia icon, a red dot will appear on your friends icon and on the message tab in the Stadia menu. You'll also receive app notifications on your mobile device, unless you've disabled them in your notifications settings.
    • Note: In the Stadia App Stadia icon on iOS, message notifications are disabled by default. In order to receive notifications, you'll be prompted to enable them the first time that you use messaging on your device.

Change your notification settings

You can control whether or not you receive a notification from the Stadia app Stadia icon on your mobile device when someone sends you a message. To change this setting:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  2. At the top right, tap your avatar and then Notifications.
  3. Turn Messages on or off.

If you miss a notification, you can view your message at any time. Just follow the steps below.

Send and receive party messages

When you join a party, you can type messages to its members. Anyone in the party will be able to chat as long as the party is active. After all players have left the party, the conversation will permanently disappear. If you start or join a new party, a new conversation will begin.

On stadia.com

  1. Start or join a party.
  2. In the Stadia menu, click View party and then Chat.
  3. Click the text box and then type your message and then press Enter.

In the Stadia app

  1. Start or join a party on your TV using Chromecast Ultra or on stadia.com.
  2. On your mobile device, open the Stadia app Stadia icon.
  3. At the top of the screen, tap Friends Friends icon.
  4. Tap Messages and then tap a party conversation.
  5. Tap the text box and then type your message and then tap Send Send.

On a TV with Chromecast Ultra

  1. Start or join a party.
  2. In the Stadia menu, select View party and then Chat.
  3. Select a Smart Reply.

Messages and blocked players

If you block another player on Stadia, you won't receive any messages that they send to you, and the blocked player won't receive any notification that they've been blocked.

If you're in a party with a player that you've blocked, they'll be able to see your messages to the party, but you won't see any of the messages that they send to the group.

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