The Gmail app for iOS and Android was updated recently, bringing with it several new functionalities. Over the years, Google has merged its services to make them more streamlined. For G-Suite (now WorkSpace) users, the company released a new Gmail app last year that included quick access to Chat, Rooms, and Meet. These functions are now open to all users.
The new options are open to all iOS and Android users, but they aren't allowed by default in the Gmail app. We'll show you how to enable the Chat and Rooms options in the app in this post.
Gmail Chat & Rooms
The Mail and Meet tabs have been added to Google's Gmail app in its most recent update. However, it has been discovered that the latest Chat and Rooms tabs can be enabled with a simple toggle in the Settings. The Chat option makes it simple to communicate with your contacts, especially those you've been pinging on Hangouts.
On the other hand, rooms are a group chat feature that allows you to build or join specific rooms. You can then communicate with the other members of the Room, share files, and delegate tasks.
Allow Chat & Rooms in Gmail For iOS & Android
The new Chat and Rooms tabs in the Gmail app are very simple to enable. Since the Android and iOS apps share a common user interface, the steps are identical on both platforms. What you're meant to be doing is follow the steps below.
Note: Make sure you have the most recent version of the app installed on your smartphone before you begin.
- On your iOS or Android computer, open the Gmail app.
- In the top left corner of the app, tap the hamburger menu bar.
- Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Choose a Gmail account.
- Go to General Settings and look for the Chat function. To see the Chat and Rooms tabs, enable this option.
The app should now exit automatically, and the Chat and Rooms tabs should appear at the bottom of the screen. You'll be able to access Mail, Chat, Rooms, and Meet all from inside the Gmail app.
Enable Chat & Rooms in Web Gmail
It's also possible to use your web browser to access Gmail's new Chat and Rooms functionality. To make this happen, follow the steps below.
- Open your internet browser and go to Gmail.
- Pick See all Settings from the gear wheel in the top right corner.
- Click on the "Chat and Meet" tab. Under Chat options, check the box that says Google Chat.
- Click Save Changes, wait for Gmail to restart, and the Chat and Rooms tabs on the left panel should appear.
Bringing Everything to a Close
The Chat and Rooms services are useful for those who have a lot of Google Chat conversations, Google Meet video calls, and collaborate using Rooms, despite the fact that they are not new.
Google made the correct decision by making these resources accessible to all users from inside the Gmail applications and web client. We hope that this tutorial assisted you in unlocking the latest features on your iOS or Android smartphone.
Some users may not yet see the Chat and Rooms option in the iOS app, but don't worry; Google is working to make it available to all. Since the company is still adding more solutions for its customers, it is still in early access mode.