Google has lastly established the date when it will be closing its hangouts immediate messaging service for good. The agency has exposed that enterprise and business users on classic hangouts will be upgraded to the new Google chat service3 by March 22, 2022. In a blog post, the agency added that the move will make sure all Google workspace customers will be using the same platform with anyone trying to access hangouts being redirected across to Google chat.
The news brings an end to a rather prolonged saga for Google that saw it enlarge the deadline for hangouts retirements some time. News of a move first emerged in October 2019 with hangouts officially rebranded as Google chat for what were then the suite enterprise users back in November 2020 and user migration over to the new service beginning the following month. The news came as Google also revealed it would rebrand its video conferencing service to Google meet. Now the final phase of the migration will be complete within weeks with Google noting that it is not possible to opt out of this change and that all classic hangouts applications will also be disabled including that android and IOS apps.
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However, users will be able to export their historic hangouts and chat data using a special Google tool. The change will not affect hangouts users with only personal Google accounts but it’s likely that they will see an alike change soon. For now if your organization’s Google workplace admin cheer-up setting is set to chat and classic hangouts the automatic upgrade to the new platform will occur over the course of three weeks starting March 22, 2022.
Customers with the classic hangouts only setting will be upgraded over the course of five weeks, starting April 4, 2022.