In the past year, Google has been working on moving users from Hangouts to Chat. The new messaging app is finally ready for its final phase. During the last few months, it has offered an opt-out migration option, and now it’s time to make the switch. Beginning March 22, all users will have the option of “Chat preferred” enabled in their settings. As a result, the messaging app will become the default one for all accounts. Using Hangouts in Gmail mobile apps will be redirected to the Chat platform.
As a Google Workspace administrator, you can control access to classic Hangouts apps and ensure that the migration is smooth. To do so, sign into the Admin console and navigate to the Google Chat and Classic Hangouts Service Settings. If you’re a new user, you’ll need to make sure you’ve made the switch to Chat. If you’ve been using Hangouts for quite some time, it’s important to make the switch smoothly and quickly.
To make the transition easy for everyone, Google Workspace administrators can control who can use the classic Hangouts and Chat apps. These settings are designed to make the transition from Hangouts to a seamless one. All you need to do is sign into the Admin console of Google Workspace and navigate to the “Chat and Classic” service settings. After confirming the changes, you should wait a day or two for the change to propagate.
After announcing the migration to Chat, Google Workspace administrators should begin to make sure that users are informed of the changes. They should start seeing banners informing them to download the new chat app and switch their communication methods to the new platform. It is important to communicate any planned changes to employees and help them make the transition as smooth as possible. If you’re an administrator, follow these steps to avoid causing any problems for users.
While the transition from Hangout to Chat is not yet complete, there are a few considerations that you need to make. To start, Google will continue to support both the classic and the new versions of Chat. For now, the migration from Hangouts to chat will only affect users of the workspace. This will not affect your free personal chat space. In the long run, it will be beneficial to all of the people using it.
The migration from Hangouts to Chat is a complicated process, but it can be done. After the migration, your users will continue using the new chat application. However, if the transition is not completed, it might take a long time. As a result, your users will have to switch to a new messaging app. This can be a bit confusing, but it’s still a good idea.
While Google has made the transition from Hangouts to Chat relatively seamless, it’s not easy for those who are used to using classic Hangouts. For this reason, administrators should take note of the transition timeline and the communication approach for their users. These steps will help make the transition as seamless as possible for all their users. If you haven’t done this yet, please contact Google support immediately. They should be able to assist you in the transition.
It’s a good time to make the switch. If you’re using Hangouts for business, you can consider moving all your conversations to Chat. After all, there’s nothing wrong with keeping both platforms in sync. You’ll just need to decide which one to use. You can always switch back to classic Hangouts if you’d like. But if you’re using them for personal communication, you’ll need to be aware of the migration timeline.
The migration process will only affect users of Hangouts in Google’s workspace. You’ll retain your classic Hangouts conversations as long as the policies for Chat have been met. You can also export or search messages sent to and from your classic Hangouts account using Gmail. You can also migrate your users’ chat history to Chat, but it will take some time before all your customers are switched over.