Google would be very happy if you used its chat app so gladly it is pushing it well beyond the limits of its actual app. Last month I became the tool Available for regular users (Who don’t pay to access Google Workspace), and now its Gmail integration is available to them too. But it is not turned on by default, so if you want to use it, you have to look into the settings menu.

First, open the side menu in Gmail, then scroll down to the end, and click “Settings.” Click on your personal Gmail account on the next page.

Scroll down to the “General” area of ​​the menu. The first option should be “Chat (Early Access)”. Click on it. In the alert that pops up, click “Try it.”

Gmail will restart, which can be a little annoying. Open it again if it does not appear automatically, and you will be greeted by a new bar at the bottom of the interface. “Mail” is your standard mailbox, “Chat” takes you to the official Google Chat application with all of your text conversations, and “Rooms” is the continuous conversation view. (Like Slack, but it’s mainly useless.) You can switch between the three views at any time.

If you want to completely remove the chat and bottom navigation bar, and you might really like it, just follow the above steps again.