Google invites Hangouts users to switch to Chat before shutdown

Google announces that users who still go through the Hangouts application on iOS and Android will receive a notification from today inviting them to switch to Chat. This is due to the upcoming shutdown of Hangouts.

Users still using Hangouts received a notification prompting them to switch to Chat either in Gmail or within the Chat app on iOS and Android. Those using the Chrome extension will also be prompted to upgrade to the web version or install the web app. In July, people who use Hangouts through Gmail from the web will be upgraded to Chat in Gmail.

For most people, conversations are automatically migrated from Hangouts to Chat, so it’s easy to pick up where you left off. However, Google encourages users who want to keep a copy of their Hangouts data to use Google Takeout to download their data before Hangouts becomes unavailable in November 2022. Instructions can be found on this page.

What will happen in the future? Here is what Google says:

Google Chat provides a modern, integrated experience in Google Workspace. We have big ambitions for the future of Chat, and over the next few months you’ll see even more features like direct calls, in-space chat, and the ability to share and view multiple images. We hope users appreciate our continued investment in making Chat a powerful place to create and collaborate.

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