Google Chat

Google 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.

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.

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

Connect With Google Chat


Get it on Google Play

Download on the Apple App Store

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 Gmail

Additional Resources

U-M documentation

Google support articles