Google Chat

Google Chat (formerly known as "Google Hangouts Chat") is an evolution of the classic Google Hangouts chat service, adding additional features that let U-M faculty, staff, and students chat with individuals, send group messages, and engage in team-based collaboration with spaces across the entire university community and externally. (Google Chat replaced classic Google Hangouts in Gmail on July 15, 2020.)

Important: Google Chat is a Google Workspace for Education core service. It is free, covered under U-M's agreement with Google, and can be used for certain kinds of sensitive data. However, U-M Google and Google Chat are not HIPAA-compliant. If you are affiliated with Michigan Medicine, refer to the U-M HITS site for approved communications software.

Google Meet logo Need to collaborate with video and screen sharing? Check out Google Meet.

Connect With Google Chat

Google Chat logo Web

Google Chat is also available as a desktop (PWA) application. Visit Google's installation page to download Chat to all your devices easily.

Tip: You can also use Google Chat within U-M GmailGmail logo

Additional Resources

U-M documentation

Google support articles