The last days of Google Hangouts are upon us, where they left off Messaging app Now it has finally stopped working with many iOS and Android users.
This should not come as a shock; Google first started moving users from Google Hangouts to Google Chat back in 2020, and fully announced the end of product life advance this month.
Not all Google Hangouts users will be affected initially, according to 9to5 GoogleThe change so far has mainly affected users of the Hangouts mobile apps, which have not seen updates lately.
Google is definitely holding hands with users when it comes to upgrading to Chat. Users who attempt to open affected mobile apps will be greeted with a “Time to chat in Gmail” prompt, which acts as a forced upgrade.
It is not only Android and iOS that are affected. Google is also disabling the Hangouts Chrome desktop extension, while the classic Hangouts in the Gmail sidebar is set to see its demise later this month.
Google let users know it was set to transfer data from Google Hangouts to Google Chat automatically, but advised them to head over here (Opens in a new tab) If they want to download any data on the app before it reaches the end of its lifespan.
Users who go to Google Chat can be rewarded, Google announced in a Articles (Opens in a new tab) It has “big ambitions for the future of chat, and over the coming months you’ll see more features such as direct calling, direct threading in Spaces and the ability to share and view multiple photos.”
If you are still using Google Hangouts and want to do the upgrade before Google forces you, head over over here (Opens in a new tab) To get the Google Chat app.