Google is ending Google Hangouts for good • TechCrunch

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Google Hangouts, a text, video and voice chat app built into Gmail, is finally close today. As announcement Earlier this year, Google is switching users from Hangouts to Google Chat, the company’s Slack-like instant messaging app for businesses.

Starting today, November 1, the Google Hangouts web app is no longer available. This was the last Hangouts offer available to users. Android and iOS apps died in July this year.

Hangouts may have a slow death as Google allows users to migrate to Chat in 2021. The company announced in June 2022 that it would encourage Hangout users to switch to chat in Gmail or in the app.

While most messages and contacts will automatically transfer, not all data will migrate to Google Chat. The company notes that users should use Google Takeout to download and save a copy of their data. Users have until January 2023 to keep their Hangouts data.

Hangouts started as a feature on Google+ before becoming a standalone app. The courier had 5 billion downloads on Google Play Store.

Although Chat can never completely replace Hangouts, it does provide additional features for group conversations as well as security and collaboration tools such as The spaces and edit documents, slides, or sheets side-by-side with other users. Chat users can also send GIFs and use @mentions to let a group member know.

Google has previously said that Chat is a better way for users to connect with others. In June, Ravi Kanneganti, Google Chat Product Manager written in an official blog“As we take this final step to bring remaining Hangouts users to Chat, we hope users appreciate our continued investment in making Chat a powerful place to create and collaborate.”

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