Switch from Google Hangouts to Zoho Cliq

Once you have made your switch to Zoho Workplace from Google Suite, you'll need to get your Zoho Cliq account set up. This guide will help you understand the features available in Zoho Cliq so you can use it effectively.

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  • Get started with Zoho Cliq
  • Features that you enjoy in Zoho Cliq
    • Broadsheet View
    • Forked chats
    • Channels
    • Group calls
    • Remote work
    • Integrations
    • Custom bots and tools
  • Compare Google Hangouts and Zoho Cliq features

Get started with Zoho Cliq

From workplace.zoho.com, log in to your Zoho Workplace account using your email address and password. Navigate to Zoho Cliq from the header. You can also log in to Zoho Cliq using your Workplace account from cliq.zoho.com.

Features that you'll enjoy in Zoho Cliq

By using Zoho Cliq to its fullest potential, you can enhance your organization's productivity and collaborate efficiently. We've highlighted some of the most useful features that Cliq offers its users below:

Broadsheet view

The Broadsheet view lets you open multiple chats on the screen at a time. There's no more switching between tabs as you work. Stay updated on all your chats using the broadsheet view in Cliq.

Forked chats

No more threading of conversations. Create a new chat directly from your existing conversation using Cliq's Fork Chats feature.


Cliq Channels are enhanced versions of group chats that allow users to collaborate and connect efficiently in your organization. These can be made for different levels, such as organization-wide, team-specific, personal, or external chats. You can assign Roles to users in channels and also configure the permission settings.

Group calls

Collaborate with your team over an audio or video call anytime using Cliq's group call feature. Set up video or audio calls with your team instantly right from your conversation window. There's also an added option for real-time sharing of your screen when you're on a group call with your team members. You can also simultaneously chat, record the call, and take notes when engaged in a group call.

Remote work

Experience the ease and joy of working together in an office setup, even when you're working remotely using Cliq's Remote Work. This feature allows you to communicate in real time, and helps to imitate your office setting in the remote workspace of Cliq.

The Remote Work tab in Cliq allows virtual check-in and check-out, updating status according to your availability, broadcasting live video feed, and engaging instantly in group calls. It also facilitates effective project management from a remote workspace.


By integrating other workspace apps and Zoho apps with your Cliq account, users can stay up to date and access your apps directly from Cliq. For example, integrating your Twitter account with Zoho Cliq allows you to view tweets, comment, and instantly tweet right from your Cliq window.

Custom bots and tools

Using the Bots and Tools option in Cliq, you can create your own custom bots. Bot handlers also come in handy with a predefined set of responses to any specific actions or messages in a bot. Create, configure, and manage your own bots that function efficiently.

Compare Google Hangouts and Zoho Cliq features

Find out how the features in Zoho Cliq and Google Hangouts compare against each other.

 Google Hangouts Zoho Cliq
Add contacts

Select Contacts in the left-hand pane and click on New conversation. Enter the email address and click Send invite.

Click on the + icon next to Contacts in the left-hand pane and select users from the suggestion list or by entering their email address. Click Send invites.

Call options in group chat

You can start a video call by clicking on the video call icon in the top right corner of the chat window.

No audio call or broadcasting ability is available in Hangouts.

You can initiate group audio and video calls right from your group chat window. The broadcast option allows users to host a collaborative session or video conference with other participants.

Click the call icon in the top right corner of the chat window and select the type of call to start.

Call options in personal chat

You can start a video call directly from your one-one conversation window by clicking on the video call icon.

Audio calls are available separately under the Phone Calls tab.

You can start an audio or video call right from your chat window, and share your screen with the other person if you choose.


There is limited number of apps available for download in the left-hand pane in Hangouts. There's no option available to custom build bots or to install extensions.

Integrate your apps and build custom bots and commands easily. Cliq's platform is powered by Deluge, which makes it easy to build and integrate without writing code.


Under settings in Hangouts there's an option to set status and configure notifications. You can also view the list of invites sent and customize invite settings.

Under settings in Cliq you can configure general and privacy settings, set themes, and customize your Cliq window.

Go to Admin panel > Profile & Settings

Hide contacts

Hover over a specific contact in the Contacts tab and click on the vertical ellipsis menu next to it. Select Hide to hide the contact.

Just click on a contact in the left-hand pane to hide it.

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