How to Chat in Google Docs

Written by Emilija Google Workplace / Docs

- 5 min read

Google Docs is one of the easiest and fastest collaborative writing software available. Users have a variety of options to choose from for collaborating on a single document without too much hassle. That's why so many companies and organizations prefer Google Docs over similar software.

The real-time chat feature is one of the many integrated features that allow multiple users working on the same document to easily communicate within the document.

Chatting directly in the document instead of switching between apps can help you avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication.

So, Instead of using other chatting apps for real-time conversations, you can use the built-in chat in Google Docs.

Google Docs chat can be accessed by anyone with a G-Suite account. Unfortunately, this option for users with personal email addresses is not yet available.

Additionally, using the chatting feature can be helpful when you need to consult someone else about the document you are drafting.

But, in order to Chat in Google Docs, you will need to share the document first. If you shared your Google Doc, check out how to see who has viewed it.

To learn how to use the Google Docs Chat feature just follow the steps below.

How to Share a Google Docs with Others

In order to chat with someone within the document, you need to share the document first.

Here is how you can do that:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the document you want to chat in.

Documents in Google dOCS

  1. In the top right corner click the “Share” button.

Google Docs share button

  1. Tap on “Anyone with the link” to give permission to others to access the document. Set an option for the viewer, commenter, or editor.

Google docs sharing options

How to send messages in Google Docs

  1. Tap in the upper right corner on the chat icon.

google docs chat option

  1. In the chat window type in the message you want to send.
  2. If the other person doesn’t have the chat open, they will receive a notification.

What options are unavailable on Google Docs?

  • Google Docs is only available for G Suite accounts.
  • Google Docs does not support sending files or images in the chat box.
  • There need to be at least two users active in Google Docs
  • The chat history is automatically deleted
  • You can’t directly message specific people.
  • The chat option can’t be accessed from an iPhone or Android device.
  • Alternatively, users can leave each other comments in the Google Document.

Why should you use Google Docs chat?

  • Saves time switching between apps for communication.
  • It’s easy and straightforward. The chat does not have too many options, so it’s less confusing in comparison to other chatting apps.
  • You can communicate only with people to whom you have shared the document. This way, you won’t get distracted by other messages.
  • Communication and writing take place in one software making the work faster and more convenient.

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