Rooms in Google Chat to be unthreaded by default starting November 16

Quick launch summary

Starting November 16, 2020, new rooms created in Google Chat will be unthreaded by default.

Today, conversations in rooms must be grouped into threads. This change introduces a simpler type of conversation, without threads—giving you greater flexibility in your discussions.

With the change later this month, when you create a new room, conversations will not use threads unless you turn on threading. (Note that you cannot change whether a room is threaded or unthreaded after it’s created.)

Additionally, unlike in threaded rooms, in unthreaded rooms you can toggle history on and off. A room history setting is available in the Admin console that allows admins to decide the default history setting for rooms within their organization that support the toggle.

Your existing rooms won't change—you can continue to participate in threaded rooms and create more.

Getting started

  • Admins: This feature will be available by default. Admins can set a room history setting for unthreaded rooms.
  • End users: Unthreaded rooms will now be the default. You can turn on threaded replies when creating the room.

Rollout pace


  • Available to Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers,