The long suffering of Hangouts will end in the rest of the year. After years of waiting, Google has set a “death” date for Hangouts, though the Android app was discontinued last March and will now begin forcing users to migrate from Hangouts to Google Chat.
As the company announced in 2020, Google Chat will be the successor to Google Hangouts, just as it recently announced that Google Duo will evolve into the new Google Meet. So by the end of 2022, the company will go from three messaging apps to two and from two video calling apps to one video calling app.
Hangouts will no longer be available in November
In August of last year, the transition from Hangouts to Chat began, where the company through the Hangouts application began informing users that Google Chat would soon replace Hangouts, showing a shortcut to switch to Chat; but nearly a year later, Google Chat has yet to replace Hangouts.
In Google’s announcement, it is now known that Hangouts’ days are numbered, so starting today, the app will display a new screen asking the user to switch to Gmail chat or the Chat app.
Hangouts notice to move to Gmail or Chat. (photo: Google)
Currently, users can close the new screen to continue using Hangouts, but there will come a time when they will not be able to close the screen and if they want to continue chatting, they will have to migrate to Google Chat.
All chats have been moved to Google Chat, so users don’t have to do anything. You will be able to see the same contacts and messages that you had in Hangouts.
Also, there is no need to install any app as Google Chat is integrated with Gmail for Android for which a dedicated app can be installed. Starting in July, everyone who uses Hangouts in the web version of Gmail will switch to Chat.
Hangouts will no longer be available in November 2022, the messaging app will go straight to Google’s graveyard. On this date, the app will force migrate to Google Chat and the web version of Hangout will also redirect your users to the web version of Google Chat.
How to activate and use Google Chat
To activate Google Chat in the Gmail inbox, follow these steps:
From the computer:
1. Open Gmail.
2. At the top right click on ‘Settings’.
3. Then click on ‘View all settings’.
4. In the top margin, choose ‘Chat and meet’.
5. To turn on Chat in Gmail, select Google Chat, and then click Save Changes.
To activate Google Chat you must enter the Settings menu of the Google account
From the cellphone
In both Android and iOS you have to follow the same steps:
1. Open the Gmail app.
2. In the three horizontal stripes menu choose ‘Configuration/Settings’
3. Then choose an account in which this option will be enabled.
4. Finally, activate the ‘Chat’ option.
Google Chat. (photo: Composition/Jose Arana)
Benefits of Google Chat
Google Chat lets you create a collaborative space to keep everyone up to date, share ideas, and track information—from Google Sheets, videos, and photos—in one place.
Google Chat allows you to share tasks and files in the rooms that are created
In turn, smart suggestions help you embed recommended files and quickly include the right people using @mentions. This can be used to compose a Gmail message for the entire group, or to schedule a meeting invite in a shared Calendar.
You also have the option to use the smart canvas to generate a checklist in Google Docs to quickly assign roles and set next steps. And for spontaneous conversation, you can present the document, sheet, or slide you’re working on as a team right in a Meet call with just one click.
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