Get started with Google Chat 

Whether you want to say “hello” to a colleague, get a quick response to an urgent project query, or just find out where your classmates are going for lunch, Google Chat is the perfect solution. A secure instant messaging application, Google Chat keeps you in contact with your UCD community.

You can also use Google Chat to create 'rooms' for a group, team or project. Set up the room in advance, add your team members or Google Group, and then use it as your dedicated space to discuss the project, circulate Google Drive links or attachments, and pass on information instantly.

Google Chat is provided to you by UCD IT Services as part of the Google Workspace package of enterprise applications.


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How to find your way around the various functions in Google Chat

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Further support

Links are to our Knowledge Base articles on the UCD IT Support Hub:

» How do I display my Google Chat and Rooms in my Gmail?

Find out more about the basic and advanced tasks in Google Chat at the Google Workspace Learning Center (opens in Google Support website).

Data protection and security

The formal data protection agreement between UCD and Google means you need have no concerns about privacy or the security of your work or private notes. Some other 3rd party applications will not have gone through a formal security review so do not come with the same level of reassurance.

Visit our Top Security Tips web page to learn how to stay cybersafe while working remotely.