Google closes Hangouts permanently: how to recover your conversations and files

What was a «chronicle of a death foretold» finally happened…

This Wednesday, November 2, as of early 2022 Google reported it has officially stopped working one of its most popular messaging apps: Hangouts.

Those who continued to communicate and chat through Hangouts with family, friends or work colleagues woke up today to find that the application was no longer online, neither on Android nor on iOS.

TAll Hangouts users automatically migrated to Chat, the other Google platform that will integrate several of the functions of the one that has already become extinct.

Hangouts’ demise has been gradual and began in the middle of this year with the end of support for the mobile app, so users were asked to start using Chat. Now the web has been completely closed, thus ending the tool, since its page directs you to the other app.

Although Chat is not a copy of Hangouts, it will have similar features, 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.

Although most messages and contacts have been automatically migrated from Hangouts to Chat, some users may find that this has not happened. If you find yourself in this situation, here we tell you how you can do the migration.

So you can transfer your conversations and files from Hangouts to Chat

The first that you must do is download Google Takeout and install it before January 1, 2023 because after that date all Hangouts data will be deleted. If you make the change manually, you must follow the following 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) In the Delivery method, choose how often you want to download the backup. Since Hangouts will be updated to Google Chat soon, we recommend a one-time download.5) Choose the file type and click Export.6) You will then receive a message that Google is creating a copy of your Hangouts files and you will receive an email once the process is complete. It will only be necessary to download the file to keep all the Hangouts data.

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