The Chat app and the People app are closely related apps, accessible by pressing Chat in the App Launcher in VR or desktop mode. They allow you to communicate with your friends and nearby people in an experience.
The Chat app allows you to communicate with other people in your current experience and respond to direct messages.
When you are visiting experiences, the Chat app opens automatically to the Nearby tab. However, in Edit Scene mode, the Chat app opens to the Messages tab by default.
To chat with all nearby people in your experience:
To reply to a private message:
|Note: Sending and receiving private messages can only be done with friends.|
The Chat app in VR mode allows you to view messages from nearby people in your current experience in the Nearby tab and private messages in the Messages tab.
The People app has tabs to show who's nearby, your Friends list, and pending Friend requests. You can open the People app by pressing People, which is found in the Chat app.
Nearby - This tab lists all nearby people in your current experience. For each person on the list, you may click their name and choose to Message them to send a private message as described above, or you may Add Friend to request a mutual friendship. The other person must first accept your Friend request before they appear on your Friends list. Additionally, you may choose to open that person's user profile, which contains additional muting, friendship, and reporting controls.
Friends - This displays a list of your Friends, regardless of whether they are online or in your current experience. For each person on the list, you may click their name to either Message them or open their user profile, which contains friendship and communication options.
Requests - Shows a list of currently pending Friend requests you have received from other people. For each pending request, you may click the person's name and then press Accept to accept the request.
Search - Enter part or all of someone's Avatar Name or ID and press the Search button to return a list of matching results. You may click the resulting name to reveal options to Message, Friend, or open the Profile of that person (which includes messaging, friendship, muting, and reporting options).