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Google has been telegraphing that Google Chat will replace classic Hangouts

Google has sounded the alarm about the impending migration from the legacy Google Hangouts application in favor of Google Chat

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Aizaz khan
Aizaz khan
Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.

All Workspace customers were migrated to Google Chat earlier this year. Google announced today that classic Hangouts were going away for free users in October and laid out the migration plans to Chat.

Since 2019, as we exclusively reported, Google has been telegraphing that Google Chat will replace classic Hangouts. However, enterprise customers were the first to be switched over in a process that took some time to start and was only completed recently. 

Google is now turning its attention to free, personal accounts that still have access to classic Hangouts.

Starting today, people using the old Hangouts mobile applications will be prompted by an upgrade screen to use Chat in the Gmail app or the standalone Chat clients (Android and iOS). Upon receiving this “It’s time for Chat in Gmail” message, the classic Hangouts app will stop working. The company says “conversations are automatically migrated” for most people. However:

…some conversations or portions of exchanges won’t automatically migrate from Hangouts to Chat. We will email impacted users with more information around September 2022

At the same time, those using the Hangouts Chrome extension are directed to Chat on the web and install the Progressive Web App.


In July, those using classic Hangouts via web Gmail’s sidebar “will be upgraded to Chat in Gmail.”

People will still be able to use the client until classic Hangouts stops working, with availability planned for at least until October 2022. However, there will be a one-month heads-up before that occurs, and users will be redirected to

Lastly, the deadline for using Google Takeout to download a copy of your Hangouts data will be in November, or a month after the classic service stops working.

You can visit the Help Center for more information on the differences between Chat and Hangouts, the migration timelines, and why we recommend downloading your Hangouts data.

Looking ahead, Google Chat is getting features like direct callingin-line Spaces threading, and the ability to share and view multiple images “over the coming months.” The company ultimately touts “big ambitions for the future of Chat.”

As we take this final step to bring remaining Hangouts users to Chat, we hope users will appreciate our continued investment in making Chat a powerful place to create and collaborate. 

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