Get started with Google Chat


Google Chat allows you to quickly and easily communicate with one person, or an entire group. From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate easily and efficiently.



  • Chat: Enjoy public and private conversations with a person, or a group of people.
  • Invite people inside or outside the university
  • Host and attend meetings on Android and iOS devices with the Google Meet app.
  • Bots: Bots are special accounts you can chat with. They provide a conversational way for you to lookup information, schedule meetings, perform tasks, and so on.


How do I access Google Chat?

Google Chat works in the browser on your desktop or laptop computer, and in mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. Chat keeps all your messages in sync no matter which device you use, even if you switch between them.

Desktop Clients

Mobile Device Clients


Help Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many people can participate in a chat?

    The maximum number of participants in a chat room is 8,000 people.
  • What is a room in chat?

    A room is a place where you can meet with a group and brainstorm ideas. You can also share files, and other online resources, and work together on team projects.
  • Can I share files wiht the people I'm chatting with?

    Yes. You can add documents, presentations, images, and other files in your conversations. Files you attach to a conversation are automatically shared with all participants who have Comment access.


Is there any additional information I should know about?

For additional assistance contact the IT Services Technical Support Center via phone at (907) 786-4646, toll-free at (877) 633-3888, email us at, or visit the Services section to open a support ticket.

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