How to Find and Use Bots in Google Chat

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

What are Google Chat bots

  • You can message chat bots that connect you to other services and do things for you by sending them messages in Google Chat.

How can you message Google Chat bots

  • You can send a one-to-one message to a chat bot or add it to your chat with someone else so that both of you can have it do things for you by sending chat commands. You can also add chat bots to chat spaces.
  • If you use Google Chat with a personal Google account, you can’t message bots.

How to start a one-to-one chat with a Google Chat bot step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Find And Use Bots In Google Chat - Step 1

In Google Chat, on the top left under Chat, click the + icon to Start a chat.

Step 2

How To Find And Use Bots In Google Chat - Step 2

Click find a bot.

Step 3

How To Find And Use Bots In Google Chat - Step 3

Look for bots here. You can also look on Google Search and then look for the same bots here.

Step 4

How To Find And Use Bots In Google Chat - Step 4

When you click a bot, you see a preview and more info – you can switch between these two tabs.

You can also click Message to send a direct message to load the bot in a personal chat with it.

Step 5

How To Find And Use Bots In Google Chat - Step 5

Done. It sends an introductory help message with some helpful links that let you know what it’s for and where you can learn more about it.

You can now use specific commands to do things. You don’t have to remember the commands – just enter a forward slash / and a list of commands and bots you can add will appear.

Only you can see the / commands you use. The bot’s responses are visible in the chat.

To display the help message again, type @botname help, where botname is the bot’s name.

Step 6

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You may also have to verify that your notifications settings are correct, and there may be a link that takes you to related settings.

Step 7

How To Find And Use Bots In Google Chat - Step 7

Clicking OPEN DRIVE SETTINGS takes you to the Google Drive settings, where you can disable the Google Chat setting to stop getting chat updates about Drive items.

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