If you’ve noticed, Google has a chat application called Hangouts where people can text and video call. As a core Google app, you will find it on every Android smartphone. Surprisingly, Google revamped it with Google Meet and Chat. The tech giant also provides their solution through a specialised app, and now things are more advanced.

Are you surprised you can use Google Chat and Rooms directly from the Gmail app? That’s right, your Gmail app can use Google Chat and Rooms, but they are hidden from the reach of an average user. However, it is possible to access them. The question is, “How can you do it?” We will address this concern here.

How to Enable the Hidden Chat and Rooms Feature in Gmail

Since Android’s birth, we’ve become loyal to Google. Despite the popularity of WhatsApp, most of us still use Google Chat. However, Google Chat still needs to be updated. In fact, Google Chat has some surprising features, but WhatsApp’s large user base ultimately forces us to rely on it. But the desire to use Google Chat is still alive.

This is why developers silently embed Google Chat and Rooms functionality into Gmail. But, as mentioned earlier, they did it in a way few people know about. Now, many are looking for a way to access it. The Gmail service is available on different platforms, so you must follow additional steps for each. So, below, we address all of that.

For the Gmail Web App

For PC users, the Gmail web app enhances the Gmail experience rather than navigating through a browser. The Google Chat and Room feature is available in the Gmail web app. So let’s look at how to enable it through the Gmail web app.

Note: If you want to chat with multiple people, select group conversation as we did in the 4th step.

  • Open Gmail on your device.
  • Click on the plus icon appearing in the corner of the screen.
  • Then type the name of the person with whom you want to chat.
  • Following this, a chat box will appear in a small window.
  • That’s it; now you can access the Chat and Room feature in the Gmail web app..

For the Gmail Web App

For PC users, the Gmail web app enhances the Gmail experience rather than navigating through a browser. The Google Chat and Room feature is available in the Gmail web app. So let’s look at how to enable it through the Gmail web app.

Note: If you want to chat with multiple people, select group conversation as we did in the 4th step.

  • Open Gmail on your device.
  • Click on the plus icon appearing in the corner of the screen.
  • Then type the name of the person with whom you want to chat.
  • Following this, a chat box will appear in a small window.
  • That’s it; now you can access the Chat and Room feature in the Gmail web app.

How to Use Gmail in a Browser

Although I am surprised to discover that some people use Gmail on browsers and don’t use any mobile apps or web apps, they most likely log in to Gmail through a web browser. Fortunately, you can also take advantage of the chat and room features. So, don’t worry; below are the steps to get it done.

  • Simply navigate to Gmail.com and sign into your account.
  • Then head to the settings menu. 
  • Under settings, click on “Chat and Meet.” Now click on “Google Chat” and select “Chat Box Appearance.”
  • Lastly, save the changes, and you are done.

In addition, to create a separate chat room, simply type the person’s name under the “Chat” section. The chat box will also show a separate chat box in which you can have a personal conversation with that person. These are the appropriate steps, but if any users have questions, they are free to post them in the below-mentioned area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How do I enable chat features in Gmail?

Ans. You can refer to the above guide.

Q2. How do I enable rooms in Google?

Ans. While enabling the chat feature, you can activate rooms.

Q3. Why does my Gmail not have a chat?

Ans. Make sure to update your Gmail app to the latest version.

Q4. Are Gmail Chat and Google Chat the same thing?

Ans. Yes, both are the same thing.