Goodbye to Google Hangout, this is the closing date and new chat options

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The long suffering Hangouts It will end in the rest of the year. After years of waiting, Google has set a date for the “death” of Hangouts, although the app for Android was discontinued last March and will now start forcing users to migrate from Hangouts to google-chat.

As the company announced in 2020, Google Chat will be the successor to Google Hangouts, as recently announced that Google Duo will evolve into the new google-meet. Then, by the end of 2022, the company will go from three messaging apps to two and of two video calling apps to a video calling application.

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 to inform 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 the days of Hangouts are numbered, so as of today, the app will display a new screen asking the user to switch to chat gmail or to the Chat application.

Hangouts notice to move to Gmail or Chat.  (photo: Google)
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 do not 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 application, since Google Chat is integrated with Gmail for Android, for which a dedicated application 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 ‘Setting’.

3. Then click ‘View all settings’.

4. In the top margin, choose ‘Chat and meet’.

5. To activate Chat in Gmail, select google-chat and then click Save Changes.

Activate Google Chat
To activate Google Chat you must enter the Settings menu of the Google account

From the cellphone

both in Android like in 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 option chat.

Google Chat.  (photo: Composition/Jose Arana)
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 keep track of 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 incorporate recommended files and Quickly include the right people using the @mentions. This can be used to compose a Gmail message for the entire group or to schedule a meeting invite in a group. Shared calendar.

There is also the option of using the smart canvas to generate a checklist Google Docs and quickly assign roles and establish next steps. And in the case of opting for a spontaneous conversation, you can present the document, the sheet or the slide on which you are working as a team directly into a Meet call with just one click.


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