Google Hangouts is about to be discontinued after almost 9 years of service. The recent announcement of the tech giant at least says so. This popular Hangouts messaging service was launched on May 15, 2013. But now Google is shutting it down. In that case, existing Hangouts users will be transferred to Google Chat, Google’s new messaging service. The agency announced that the change would take effect on March 22. Basically using Google Chat as the default messaging app seems to be the purpose of shutting down the company’s Hangouts.
Whether to save Google Hangouts data
According to The Verge, Gmail users will be redirected to Google Chat when they open Google Hangouts from a web or mobile app. According to the company, the data of Hangouts users will not disappear except in certain special cases. In this case, users do not have to save data separately. However, experts say that if there is any important data in the hangouts, then it is better to save it separately.
The process of shutting down Google Hangouts began in 2020
The process of shutting down Google Hangouts is nothing new. Google started this process in June 2020. At the time, the company planned to integrate the messaging service with Gmail. In that case, there is no need to be confused with Google Chat. The service was launched in 2016 under the name Google Talk, which was later changed to Google Chat.
Google, meanwhile, says redirects from Hangouts to Google Chat will only affect workspace users as well as older G Suite Basics and business users. Simply put, it works for those who use Google’s services as part of a business or organization So even if ordinary users like me or you are not so busy with the matter.