The official end of life for Google Hangouts has been announced, with users having just a few months to prepare for the big change.
The company revealed that Hangouts will be closed to all users until November 2022 as part of its attempt to modernize its Google Workspace suite to be as effective as possible for users.
With many desktop and web users already in the process of migrating, Google is now looking to target the remaining mobile users, who will begin receiving notices about the need to switch to Google Chat in the coming weeks.
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News of a move from Hangouts to Chat was first revealed in October 2020, when Google made the latter service free for all users.
Some customers have already been transferred, with corporate and business users on “Classic Hangouts” being upgraded to Google Chat in March 2022.
On a blog post (opens in new tab) In announcing the news, Google noted that people using Hangouts on mobile will see an in-app screen prompting them to switch to Chat in Gmail or the Chat app starting today.
Anyone using the Hangouts Chrome extension will also be prompted to move to Web Chat or install the Chat web app. Users who continue to use Hangouts in Gmail on the web will be upgraded to Chat in July.
Google notes that users will get a lot of notices about a change, seeing an in-product notice at least a month before Hangouts on the web starts redirecting to Chat on the web, and Hangouts on the web will also remain available for use until later. . year.
The company says conversations are automatically migrated from Hangouts to Chat, but is advising users who want to keep a copy of their Hangouts data to download using the Google Takeout service before Hangouts is no longer available in November 2022. .
“Google Chat offers a modern, integrated experience on Google Workspace. We have big ambitions for the future of Chat, and in the coming months you’ll see even more features like direct calling, inline threading in Spaces, and the ability to share and view multiple images,” wrote Ravi Kanneganti, product manager at Google Chat.
“As we take this final step in bringing the remaining Hangouts users into Chat, we hope users will appreciate our continued investment in making Chat a powerful place to create and collaborate.”