A perfect resource for organizations and individuals who are working from home during this pandemic, Google has now integrated two features from its corporate Workplace app suite: Chat and Rooms into Gmail.
Google Chat is a space where conversations can be done just between two people or between several in what Google calls a group conversation, but this can be used for quick, one-time interactions. On the other hand, Google Room is for more long-term conversations. Each Room has its own name, remains available for people to leave and rejoin, will send out notifications, and can share files. You can even have rooms within rooms. Perfect for work projects, in Rooms, you can keep the conversation going over the course of days, weeks, or longer.
To activate Chat on Mobile Apps, go to your Gmail account and go to settings, Select “View all settings”, In the top menu, select “Chat and Meet”, You have the choice of selecting “Chat,” “Classic Hangouts,” and “Off.” Assuming you want to try Chat, click on that and finally, click on “Save Changes”.
On the browser, click on the “Find a chat” link in the Chat box, or you can click on the plus sign in the corners of the Chat or Rooms boxes. If you want to just chat with a single person, type their name into the top field, and you will be taken into a small chat box. If you want to chat with more than one person, then select “Group conversation.” You’ll then be able to list the people you want to chat with.
To create a Room on the web, go to the Chatbox or the Room box on the left of Gmail and click on the plus sign. In the mobile app, tap on the Rooms icon and select “Create room”. Create a room name and add the people you want to include.