The Chat and People Apps

The Chat app and the People app are closely related apps, accessible by pressing Chat chat.png 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

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.

 In desktop mode

To chat with all nearby people in your experience:

  • Open the Chat app by pressing Chat chat.png
  • Once the Nearby tab opens, write something in the Enter Message field at the bottom of the Chat app, then press Enter to send a message. 
  • All Nearby messages sent and received from others appears under the Nearby tab.

To reply to a private message:

  • Open the Chat app by pressing Chat chat.png.  If you have any private messages waiting, a green light appears on the Friends tab; click it to view your messages.
  • On the Friends tab, click the private message you want to reply to then click the > arrow to view the conversation.
  • Type a reply into the Enter Message field, then press Enter to send a reply to only that person.
  • When you are finished, you may click Back to return to your list of private messages.

If you have logged into Sansar using your Twitch account, you can also use the Twitch tab of the Chat app to access Twitch chat:

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. If you logged into Sansar using your Twitch account, Twitch chat is available in the Twitch tab.

  • It is not currently possible to input messages using the VR controllers, but you can enter text by using your computer's keyboard.
  • You can move the Chat app by grabbing it with your Oculus Touch or Vive Wand and dragging it to a new location.
  • When you move or turn your avatar, the Chat app moves with you.

The People app

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. You can also Send Gift to send them Sansar dollars. Additionally, you may choose to open that person's user profile, which contains additional muting, friendship, and reporting controls.

Note: There is no Nearby tab in edit mode.

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, Send Gift to send them Sansar dollars, 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 MessageFriendSend Gift, or open the Profile of that person (which includes messaging, friendship, muting, and reporting options).

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