How to Create a Chat Space (Group Chat) In Google Chat

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Chat users

What are Google Chat spaces

  • You can create chat spaces in Google Chat which are essentially group chats, with some added features that help people work together on files and tasks.

How to create a new group space in Google Chat step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Create A Chat Space (Group Chat) In Google Chat - Step 1

In Google Chat https://chat.google.com, on the top left under Chat, click the + icon to Start a chat.

Step 2

How To Create A Chat Space (Group Chat) In Google Chat - Step 2

Select Create space.

Step 3

How To Create A Chat Space (Group Chat) In Google Chat - Step 3

Optionally, give your chat space a name and an emoji icon.

Check the Use threaded replies if you want multiple threads to keep different topics separate in the same chat space.

Check Allow people outside your organization to join if you want to add anyone outside of your Google Workspace account.

Step 4

How To Create A Chat Space (Group Chat) In Google Chat - Step 4

Adding people to a chat space

Click the Enter name or email of person or group bar to add people.

You’ll see suggestions based on your contacts list right away. You can also type in names or email addresses, and people/groups will appear below if you have them in your contacts list. 

Click them to add them to the chat space.

Click Create.

Step 5

How To Create A Chat Space (Group Chat) In Google Chat - Step 5

Your chat space now appears on the left under Spaces.

Others you have added will automatically see the chat space on the left under Spaces, along with the number of new messages. They can click the chat name to start chatting.

Step 6

How To Create A Chat Space (Group Chat) In Google Chat - Step 6

Upon opening the chat space for the first time, users will see the option to choose their notification setting.

  • Notify always – get notifications and a notification dot next to the chat space name on the left under Spaces for all new messages.
  • Only @mentions – only get notifications and a notification dot when someone @ mentions you, mentions @all or when a thread you follow receives a new message.
  • Don’t notify – you don’t get any notifications.

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