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  • Posted on 20th Jul, 2022 10:51 AM
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Gmail makes chatting with contacts easy via the chat function. This guide shows you the two common ways to do this.

What to Know

  • Find Hangouts in lower-left corner > select + to add contact > search for contact with name, email, or phone.
  • Next: Hover over contact and select Chat speech bubble to start or open a text chat.
  • Select arrow for more options: Video camera for video call, person with + sign for group Hangout.

This article explains how to start a chat session in Gmail using Google Hangouts.

Hangouts also has standalone mobile apps for iOS and Android, so you can chat with contacts without opening Gmail. Or, start a Hangouts chat via a web browser.

Start a Hangouts Chat in Gmail

Follow these steps to initiate a Google Hangouts chat session.

  1. Find Hangouts in the lower-left section of your Gmail inbox screen. You'll see any current Hangouts contacts listed below your name.

  2. To add a contact, select the plus sign (+).

  3. Use the search bar to look for someone. Choose a contact who's already using Hangouts, or send an invitation to chat with someone who's not currently using it.

  4. To send a chat, hover your cursor over a contact and select Chat (quote bubble icon).

  5. A new chatbox appears in the bottom-right corner of Gmail. Type your message into the text field and press Enter on your keyboard to send it. Your message appears in the window. When your contact responds, their messages appear in the window as well, similar to a text conversation.

  6. Use the controls to pop the window out (arrow), start a video call (video camera), or create a group Hangout (person with plus-sign). When finished, close the window by selecting X.

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