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Google Hangouts disappeared: what options are there to communicate

The messaging app disappears to merge with Chat. Users can transfer their data.

It finally happened Hangouts It has officially stopped working, after a slow death when it was announced to be shut down earlier this year to integrate with another messaging app from Google.


Neither the web nor the application for Android Y iOS is available right now, so all users were migrated to chatwhich will be the platform that will integrate several of the functions.

Chat, welcome to Hangouts

The closing process began in the middle of this year with the end of support for the mobile application, so users were asked to take the step Chat. But since this month of November the web has been closed, putting an end to the entire platform and now the page directs to the other app.


Most of your messages and contacts will be transferred automatically, but not all of them will be. To do the process it is important to download Google Takeout and make a backup, for which there is a deadline until January 1, 2023.

The messaging app disappears to merge with Chat. Users can transfer their data.
The messaging app disappears to merge with Chat. Users can transfer their data.

While Chat won’t be exactly the same as Hangouts, it will have functions such as group conversations, security tools, document editing and collaboration spaces with other users. Additionally, you can also send GIFs and use @mentions to notify someone in the group.


The photos and videos that have been shared by Hangouts will be saved in the album files of Google.

It is worth remembering that this application was born as a function of Google+, the company’s social network, to later become an independent platform, which reached more than 5 billion downloads in the Play Store.

Transfer data from Hangouts to Chat

For this process it is important to download Google Takeoutthis process must be done before January 1, 2023 because after that date all the data of Hangouts, although for some users the transfer will be automatic. To do it manually, follow these steps:

1. Go to Google Takeout and sign in with the Google account used in Hangouts.

2. In the available applications, select Hangouts and deselect the rest.

3. Click Next Step.

4. Under Delivery Method, choose how often you want to download the backup. Since Hangouts will be updated to Google Chat soon, we recommend a single download.

5. Choose the type of file.

6. Click Export.

7. A message will inform you that Google is creating a copy of your Hangouts files. An email will arrive when the withdrawal process is complete. It will only be necessary to download the file to keep all the Hangouts data.

The app completely disappears to merge with Chat.
The app completely disappears to merge with Chat.

Google increased storage in Workspace

With the pandemic, the use of online work platforms became stronger. workplace, of Googlewas one of them and that is why the company announced that it will improve the storage space for those who have a subscription.

The increase in this aspect will be from 15 GB to 1 TB, so it will be an almost 100-fold growth, which will come in handy for entrepreneurs.

Not only does this increase mean that it will make it easier to store more documents and assets, but also that people may have a lot more stuff to move if they ever want to take things from Google to another platform.

“You can store more than 100 types of files in Drive, including PDFs, CAD files, and images, and you can easily collaborate and edit files from microsoft-office without converting them”, they communicated.

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