Use Gmail Messenger

Do you want to know how to use Gmail messenger? Gmail's instant messaging feature, which is called Gmail Chat, allows you to chat with your friends and contacts right in your email window. Follow these easy steps to use Gmail's messenger feature. 

You will need: 

  • Gmail account
  1. First, log into your Gmail account by visiting Enter your username and password for your Google account to access Gmail. If you do not already have a Gmail account, click on the gray "Create an Account" button to sign up for Gmail. You will be asked to fill in a username and password, as well as some personal information, and read and approve the site's terms of service.
  2. Once you have logged into Gmail or created your account, the messenger, or gChat, feature is on the bottom left of your screen. This messenger window will be populated with the names of your Gmail contacts. To send someone an instant message, double click on his or her name. A chat box will appear in the lower right corner of your screen. Type in the blank box and press enter to send that person a message. Their return message will appear in the box, and your screen will flash so that you know you have a message.
  3. If the person you'd like to message with does not have a gChat account, you can invite them to join gChat. In the messenger window on the lower left side of your Gmail inbox, there is a blank box where you can type your friend's email address. Press enter to send a message that invites them to gChat with you.
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