In July 2021, Google announced the combination of Chat and Rooms with Gmail for Workspace users. Now you can access both features in your personal Gmail account and make use of Chat and Rooms in Gmail on the web or mobile phones.
Google Chat and Rooms Come to Regular Gmail
To all free Google account holders, it’s your lucky day because Google has made both hat and Rooms available for you. All you have to do is locate your settings, activate the features, and begin using them.
How Chat and Rooms Work
The Chat and Room feature were developed to help you communication on the app better. With Chat, you can have you can have individual conversations with people. You can create group chats as well if you want.
While Rooms bring more of a Slack functionality to your Gmail giving you access to discuss various projects, tasks, and files.
How to Enable Chat and Rooms in Gmail
Unless you activate manually, you won’t be able to access Chat and Rooms. They come disabled by default and here’s how to enable them on the web:
⦁ Sign in to your Gmail with any preferred browser.
⦁ Click the cog icon at the top and select See all settings.
⦁ Head to the Chat and Meet tab.
⦁ Activate the Google Chat (Early Access) option, and click Try It in the prompt.
⦁ Click Save Changes to save your changes.
⦁ You’ll now see Chat and Rooms tab on the left of your Gmail interface.
Here’s how to ativate Chat and Rooms in Gmail on Android:
⦁ Open the Gmail app, tap the menu at the top, and select Settings.
⦁ Select your email account in the list.
⦁ Scroll down and activate the Chat (Early Access) checkbox.
⦁ Tap Try It in the prompt.
This method should automatically activate the Chat and Rooms feature on your Gmail app. You can follow the same steps if you want to deactivate these options.