What is Google chat?
Google Chat is a chat application that enables one to one and group chats. It can be accessed directly from the app itself, or via the gmail sidebar. Both methods are detailed below.
Chat also has a feature called Spaces, which simplifies the process of creating group chats.
You can even schedule chats with friends, family, and coworkers using Google Calendar, another of the apps available from the Drive range.
Why can’t I see Google Chat?
In the world of cloud computing chat apps are nothing new. Google has had this feature under the guise of Hangouts for some time. Chat is their most recent version and looks set to replace Hangouts.
Google has never been famous for avoiding confusion, nor applying changes across the board. So some of you may still see the Hangouts option rather than Chat in their gmail dashboard.
If you’re still seeing Hangouts, you can find out how to turn on Google Chat below.
How much does Google Chat cost?
Chat is one of the core applications available to anyone with a Google account. Hence it is totally free.
All Google Workspace business versions also have Chat in the range of applications provided, with no further costs.
Chats and storage space
Each personal Google account comes with 15GB of storage space, while business accounts start with 30GB for the basic. Chats, although only a minimal amount, do take up some of this storage and is something to be aware of if you want to avoid purchasing extra storage.
What is the best way to practice using Google Chat?
Obviously practice makes perfect, but surprisingly, you can learn the ins and outs by yourself.
If you’re an administrator of a business account,you may be responsible for teaching others how to use Chat. Being familiar with it, before you begin teaching, will help smooth the process. Having multiple Google accounts allows for this.
We can have as many Google accounts as we like. It's also possible to have them all open at once, instead of signing in and out of each one every time we want to switch accounts.
The guide on creating multiple Google accounts explains how all this is done.