Introducing Chat for Android
Good conversations can happen anywhere.
Today we are excited to share that Chat is now available on Android. Chat is a simple-to-use space for writers and creators to have group conversations with their subscribers in the Substack app.
Chat is a community space reimagined specifically for writers and creators—it’s like having your own private social network where you make the rules. Writers set the topic and the tone for every discussion, and can turn the feature off at any time. Chat eliminates the need for writers to cobble together different software tools, cross-reference subscriber lists, or host conversations on different social media platforms. Using Chat extends the direct relationships that writers and creators have already developed with subscribers on Substack. Writers can host Chat conversations for all of their subscribers, or just those who pay.
Since launching Chat for iOS earlier this month, we’ve watched as writers and creators have hosted all manner of lively conversations with their subscribers—the people who know and appreciate their work most.
We heard the many requests from writers and readers who would like Chat on Android and the web. Our Android team has been working around the clock to get Chat into your hands today. Expect Chat on the web in the coming months.
What writers and their subscribers are saying about Chat
How to turn on Chat
Today is a great day to host a Chat to welcome your Android subscribers. If you have an iOS or Android device and would like to start a Chat, here’s how:
Get the Substack app. You can send a Chat to your subscribers from an iOS or Android device. Today, Chats can only be sent from the mobile apps, but more web features will be available in the future.
Announce Chat to your readers—this is the most important step! Send an email post (we provide a suggested template) explaining why you’re opening a Chat space and linking to your first Chat thread so subscribers can jump right in. Even if you’ve already started Chat, consider writing a post to let everyone know that Android users can now join the conversation.
Keep the conversation going. To build momentum for your Chat space and a familiar habit for your readers, we recommend hosting one Chat per week as you get started. To keep it simple, consider doing so at the same day and time each week.