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Setting Up Google Chat: A Step-by-Step Guide for Seamless Communication

November 10, 2023
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How to set up Google Chat: Google Hangouts has been replaced by the company’s new web messaging service, Google Chat. This is a guide to using Google Chat.

How to Set Up Google Chat

How to Set Up Google Chat

All you need to do to set up Google Chat is use your Google account to log in to the service or app. You don’t need to install any software to use Google Chat in a web browser; there are applications available for Windows, macOS, and ChromeOS. It operates on a web browser in the same way as the desktop application.

Users on iOS and Android devices need to download the Google Chat app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Users should launch the app after installing it and sign in with their Google account.

How to Send a Message on Google Chat for Mac or PC

How to Send a Message on Google Chat for Mac or PC

You may use the specialized app or a browser to utilize Google Chat. The instructions below apply to Windows, macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS for both desktop and online applications.

  • Select the + icon above your Chat contact list.
  • To message a contact, type their name or Gmail address into the search bar and pick the person when they show up.
  • Type your message in the chat box.
  • Using your keyboard, hit Enter. As an alternative, use a mouse or touchscreen to pick the Send icon.

The steps listed above can also be used to establish a space or begin a group message. Instead of looking for a contact after clicking the plus button, pick Start Group Conversation or Create Space.

The left sidebar of Google Chat displays a history of recent Chat interactions in chronological order. This allows you to swiftly access any recent Chat chat.

How to Send a Message in Google Chat for iOS or Android 

How to Send a Message in Google Chat for iOS or Android
  • The instructions shown below are for both iOS and Android users of the Google Chat app.
  • To initiate a new chat, choose New Chat.
  • Enter the contact’s name or Gmail address to find them and send them a message. When the contact appears, choose it.
  • In the text area located at the bottom of the chat window, type your message.
  • Tap Send.
  • When you launch the Google Chat app on an iOS or Android device, a list of your most recent contacts appears. To continue a previous discussion, simply tap any visible contact.

Google Chat vs Google Hangouts

Hangouts is an online chat application that Google launched in 2013. Numerous web chat functions, video conferencing, SMS/MMS texting, and phone conversations (in some circumstances) were all supported by Hangouts. Hangouts are no longer available.

The online messaging functionality of Hangout is carried over into Google Chat. Your whole history of Hangouts messages will show up on Chat immediately. Though you may still use Google Meet and Google Voice for those, Chat does not support several services that were available in Hangouts, such as phone calls, SMS/MMS texting, or video conferencing.

Conclusion

Google Chat is a new web messaging service that replaces Google Hangouts. To set up Google Chat, users need to log in to the service using their Google account. The app is available for Windows, macOS, and ChromeOS and operates on a web browser. Users on iOS and Android devices need to download the Google Chat app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

To send a message on Google Chat, users can use a specialized app or a browser. To send a message on iOS or Android, users can select New Chat, enter the contact’s name or Gmail address, choose the contact, type the message, and tap Send. Google Chat supports web chat functions, video conferencing, SMS/MMS texting, and phone conversations, but does not support phone calls, SMS/MMS texting, or video conferencing.

FAQ

Does your phone number appear in Google Chat?

No participant’s phone number should be revealed (if someone calls in, they are shown as a participant with a partially completed phone number). It should be noted that if you use Meet calling through the Meet app (previously Duo), the other person’s phone number linked to their Calling account may appear.

What does Google Chat require?

The following specifications must be met by every user device: Web browsers on a computer: Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome. The mobile apps available in Google Play and the Apple App Store provide the specifications for Android and Apple iOS devices.