Google Hangouts will shut down in November 2022. The moment messaging service, which debuted in 2013, will likely be changed by Google Chat.
This is not sudden, we reported about it in 2019. Final 12 months, the corporate clarified its intention emigrate to Chat, and now we have now an precise timeline when Hangouts goes away for good.
Hangouts is redirecting customers to Google Chat
The Hangouts app on cell will show an in-app display screen prompting them emigrate to the Chat app or Chat in Gmail. Customers who’ve the Hangouts Chrome extension will even be requested to change to Chat on the net or set up the online app. Here is what the message seems to be like.
Google will improve Hangouts in Gmail to Chat in July. Hangouts on the net, i.e. the official web site, will proceed to work till later this 12 months. The corporate will show a discover to customers at the very least a month earlier than the online model is shut down, that ought to begin showing in October, and can redirect customers to Google Chat on the net.
The Hangouts browser extension and cell app are nonetheless out there on the Chrome internet retailer and the Play Retailer respectively, although this might change within the coming weeks or months.
You need not look ahead to Google to immediate you to make the swap, you may transfer to Chat proper now and your conversations will likely be migrated to it robotically. I exploit it sparingly, and it has all my previous messages, even from a decade in the past (GTalk chats).
Customers who need to retain their Hangouts information can take a backup of the chats by downloading it utilizing Google Takeout. You will have a restricted timeframe to save lots of the info, you’ll need to do it earlier than November 2022, after which it’ll not be attainable to acquire the chat historical past.
Google Chat to get new options sooner or later
Google shuttering Hangouts is simply a part of the issue, the principle difficulty is that Google Chat is not utterly prepared. It lacks some options which can be current in Hangouts, together with calling, and video calls.
An article on the official weblog says that Google Chat will get help for direct calling, in-line threading in Areas and the flexibility to share and look at a number of photographs.
Chat is not dangerous, it really works fairly properly in its present state. And you probably have the Gmail app in your cellphone, you need not obtain the standalone app to talk with your mates. You might have to allow it within the app, to take action, received to the Gmail app’s Settings > faucet in your account identify, and faucet the choice that claims “Present the Chat and Areas tab”.
The Mountain View firm has launched a number of such apps up to now together with GTalk, Hangouts, Google+ Messenger, Allo. All of them had their ups and downs. The present lineup contains Messages (for SMS texting), Duo, Meet, and Chat. Google actually must be taught to stay with an instantaneous messaging app as a substitute of attempting to separate it or exchange it with a brand new one down the road. Let’s hope Google Chat fares higher.
Are you a Hangouts consumer? Will you be switching to Google Chat?