Google Chat is available within Gmail. It allows you to
send and receive instant messages with other people who are on the
network using Gmail. If you'd also like to see and
hear who you're talking with, you can download
Google's free voice and video chat plug-in.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I invite someone to chat?
The first time you want to chat with someone, you must invite them
to chat. After they accept your invitation, they will appear
in your chat list and you may chat with them any time in the
future. See: Inviting someone to chat.
- How do I start a video chat?
First, you must download Google's free voice and video chat
plug-in and install it on your computer. Then sign in to
Gmail and click the camera icon next to the appropriate name in
your Chat list. See: Make a computer to computer voice or video
chat. Note: Video chat also is
available in Google+ through the Hangouts feature.
- Can I chat with multiple people?
Yes, you can chat with several people at once using Group Chat in Gmail. If you want to start
a video chat with multiple people, use
the Hangouts feature in Google+.
- Can I use chat in Google+?
Yes - Google Chat is available in Google+. However, if you
want to start a video chat in Google+,
use the Hangouts feature, which allows you to
video chat with one person or several people at at time.
- Are chat sessions recorded or archived?
If you chat "on the record," your chat history is placed under
the Chats label in your Gmail