RIP: Google Hangouts users are being shuttled to Chat
The migration starts today.
Google already started this transition in 2019. That’s when Google originally announced that Hangouts would be sunsetting. The timeline changed, and instead of October 2019, Google started migrating business users to Chat in March of this year.
Now it’s the turn of personal Hangouts users, who have been able to continue using the app. Starting with users of Hangouts on mobile, Google will start showing a prompt to install Chat and start using that.
Then, next month, in July, Google will upgrade all Hangouts in Gmail users to Chat in Gmail.
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The company says that the switch should be trouble-free. If you’re worried you might lose Hangouts conversation data, you can use Google Takeout to save all your chat history.
It’s the same process as if you are saving Google Photos, except you’ll select Hangouts from the list, instead of Google Photos.
Google Chat is also getting some new features. The biggest is the ability to make direct calls. Spaces is also getting the ability to make in-line threads, and to share and view multiple images at a time.
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