Carnegie Mellon University

How To Use Google Hangouts Chat

Google Hangouts Chat allows you to communicate with people throughout the CMU community. For the best experience, use Google Hangouts Chat in a browser or with the Google mobile app. With Hangouts Chat you can:

  • Direct message individuals or a small group
  • Create a private room for communicating with a large group of people
  • Upload files, share Google Drive Files, or communicate over audio and video

Note: You are only able to invite individuals affiliated with CMU to a Google Hangouts Chat.


Log In To Hangouts Chat

  1. Visit Google Hangouts Chat or download the app to your desktop or mobile device.
  2. Log in with your Andrew userID and password.

Send a Direct Message

  1. Click the Find people, rooms, bots search field (upper left).
  2. Enter the name or email address of the individual you would like to chat with and select them from the list that displays.
  3. Enter your message into the chat window (bottom) and click Enter.

Send a Group Message

  1. To send a message to two or more people, click the Find people, rooms, bots search field (upper left).
  2. Click Group Message.
  3. Enter the names or email addresses of the individuals you would like to chat with and select them from the list that displays.
  4. Click Message.
  5. Enter your message into the chat window (bottom) and click Enter.

Create a Room

  1. To create a private room, click the Find people, rooms, bots search field (upper left).
  2. Click Create Room.
  3. Enter a Room Name and click Create.
  4. Click Add People and Bots.
  5. Enter the names or email addresses of the individuals you would like to chat with and select them from the list that displays.
  6. Click Send to invite the individuals to the Chat room.