Besides receiving and sending emails, Gmail users can access a range of extra features. Gmail chat is one of the most beneficial features. Being an instant messaging feature, it allows you to talk in real-time to family and friends. You can download an official extension for Google Chrome to use this feature or directly use it in a web browser.
It is quite simple to start a new Gmail chat. Just navigate to the left-hand column of Gmail account. Under your email folder, you will find a small space for conversation that may say “No Recent Chats.” In this section, you will see a link to initiate a new chat. Type email address of your friend you want to chat to and click on the address to add to your contacts.
When you hit on this address, you will start chatting. The instant messaging text is possible via video to live chat. If you have to initiate a video call, just hit on your camera icon.
Moreover, you can create a group hangout by clicking on the icon of a person. It will allow you to chat with more than one person on call. Google hangout is a video calling service to communicate with two people on a call. Finally, you can edit the settings of Gmail chat by hitting on the cog wheel. You can personalize your message via drawing, pictures, and emoji. Edit settings with a small window for privacy settings to delete conversations, turn off notifications and block contacts. Once you are satisfied with your settings, hit ok.
At a particular point, you can hit the icon on the left-hand corner to flick through hangout conversations, phone calls and contacts to mobiles and landlines.
Gmail filters are helpful to organize your email, such as send emails of your friend directly to trash. With the use of Gmail filters, it is easy to sort things in an email inbox.
With the help of hidden symbols, you can amend your Gmail address with the use of dots or plus signs. If you want to filter unwanted emails, you can write your email address with dots, such as email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mute Gmail Chat Conversation
If you are not happy with off-topic political rants on the B2B mailing list, you can mute this conversation. The thread will not come back to your inbox. Similar, you can block a person to avoid Gmail chat with him/her.
It is essential always to use HTTPs while using Gmail on a private or public network. Just log in your Gmail, explore settings and set the connection of your browser to “always utilize https” and save changes.
SMS from Your Gmail Account
When you are in a rush, you can send a quick message to a coworker. Expand your Gmail chat to SMS by taking your conversation with you. If you are concerned about spammers, there is no need to worry about it because Google can block incoming texts.