Thursday, August 26, 2021

Set the Google Chat standalone app to run automatically at startup

Quick launch summary

You can now configure the Chat Progressive Web Application (PWA) to "Start app when you sign in" to your computer. This can be done on your Windows, MAC OS or Linux computer by going to chrome://apps, right clicking on Google Chat and then choosing "Start app when you sign in."

App starter window with right-click menu options on Google Chat app
Right click on the Chat app to select this new option

Please note, ​this feature is not supported on Chrome OS.

If you don't have the Chat PWA app already, you’ll first have to install the Chat PWA app.

Before this launch, you’d have to manually start the Chat PWA app by searching for and clicking on it every time you restart your computer. With the new feature, you can simply choose to launch the PWA app at system startup every time.

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled by the user. Once turned on, the Chat PWA app will automatically start when the user logs into their computer.

Rollout pace

  • This feature is available now for all users.


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers