As introduced per week in the past, Google is now within the means of shutting down basic Hangouts without spending a dime customers. Many customers are discovering that they will not entry Hangouts for Android and iOS right now.
The primary stage of this shutdown impacts the previous Hangouts cell apps that haven’t seen any main function additions in a number of years and have been largely unavailable for brand new Google Play or App Retailer downloads in current months.
Launching Hangouts reveals an “It’s time for Chat in Gmail” immediate that acts as a pressured improve on Android and iOS to make use of the devoted Google Chat apps or the Gmail tab. When you see this display screen, you possibly can not entry basic Hangouts on cell.
This isn’t the most important disruption to continued utilization because the overwhelming majority of messages have been migrated over to Chat. That mentioned:
…some conversations or parts of conversations gained’t mechanically migrate from Hangouts to Chat. We are going to e-mail impacted customers with extra info round September 2022
We’ve encountered this immediate on a number of units and Google accounts worldwide right now. Most individuals late final week have been nonetheless in a position to see conversations and ship new messages, however that’s not the case.
Along with Android and iOS, Google is equally disabling the Hangouts Chrome desktop extension, whereas this month will see basic Hangouts cease working in net Gmail’s sidebar. Customers are prompted to make use of Chat in Gmail.com or the PWA (Progressive Internet App) at chat.google.com.
You’ll nonetheless be capable to use hangouts.google.com till a minimum of October, however that may cease working afterward, and what’s left of basic Hangouts would be the means to obtain knowledge/historical past through Google Takeout.
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