After sunsetting Google Hangouts for Workspace customers in February, Google’s now starting the method of migrating free, private Hangouts customers to Chat. In an announcement posted to its weblog, Google says individuals who nonetheless use the Hangouts cellular app will see a immediate to maneuver to Chat.

As for customers who use Hangouts in Gmail on the internet, Google says it received’t begin prompting customers to make the change to Chat till July. Hangouts will stay usable on its desktop web site till November, and Google says it’ll warn customers “at the very least one month” prematurely earlier than it begins pointing the Hangouts web site to Chat.

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Confusingly, Google Chat isn’t the identical factor as GChat (or Google Speak), which Google discontinued for good earlier this month. (Hangouts was initially presupposed to be the successor to GChat, however right here we’re.) The corporate first hinted at its plans to transition customers from Hangouts to Chat in 2018 and made the function free for all customers in 2020.

Should you’re nonetheless utilizing Hangouts, Google ought to robotically switch your current conversations to Chat. The corporate additionally offers you the choice of utilizing its Takeout service to obtain a replica of your Hangouts information earlier than it’s formally discontinued come November.

To entice customers into making the change to Chat, Google says it’s rolling out a number of new options, together with the flexibility to make direct calls, create in-line threads in Areas (the rebrand of Rooms), in addition to share and consider a number of photos.

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