March 22, 2021

How do I download Google Chat?

Google Chat can be confusing to download as it is not a standard application (it is a Progressive Web App). In article we will take you through the steps to download and install it.

How to download Google Chat?

Chrome App: Standalone App for Google Workspace. Works alongside Gmail.

Step 1. Open https://chat.google.com/

Step 2. Click the Download button that is in Chrome's URL Bar (see icon in the screenshot below)

Note: Google Chat is downloaded as a Progressive Web App and will appear as an app in your launcher, alongside your other apps.

What is Google Chat (standalone app or for Gmail)?

Google Chat is an intelligent and secure communications tool, built for teams. It simplifies 1:1 communication and Google messaging and it works alongside Gmail. From direct messages to team chat rooms, Chat makes team communication easy and efficient.

It works alongside Gmail. From direct messages to team chat rooms, Chat makes team communication easy and efficient.

Currently for Google Workspace and Gmail customers only.

- Group messaging that allows Google Workspace content sharing (Docs, Sheets, Slides), without having to worry about granting permissions.

- Google search functionality, with options to filter for conversations and content that you’ve shared.

- Ready for Enterprise, with the full benefits of Google Workspace security and access controls including Data Loss Prevention, Compliance, Admin Settings, Vault Retention, Holds, Search & Export.

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Simplify 1:1 and group messaging. From direct messages to group conversations, Google Chat helps teams and businesses collaborate fluidly and efficiently from anywhere. Securely connect with anyone you work with, and take group work to the next level with shared chat, files and tasks.
See all of your messages in one place. Use Chat as a standalone app, or directly in Gmail. Seamlessly integrated tools help you to keep track of all your work communications and choose the right channel for every conversation.
Collaborate in dedicated rooms. Easily create dedicated virtual rooms to keep projects organized and on track. Shared chat – including threaded conversations – as well as shared files and tasks help you keep everyone on the same page. Chat supports external users, 28 languages and 8,000 members per room
Tap into the best of Google Workspace Use Chat to collaborate seamlessly on content with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Easily find past conversations or files with Google’s powerful search, and let bots and smart suggestions help you connect with meeting participants and get more done, faster.

What's new in Google Chat

What’s New:
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

Reviews

As real productivity nerds, my co-founders and I are on a quest to make our team wildly productive. We obsess and agonize over every team productivity tool we adopt. In this comprehensive guide we will share our views of Google Chat for Gmail.  Here is a link to our full Google Chat review for March 2021.

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