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American browser and technology giant Google announced earlier this year that it will discontinue its Hangout platform and Google Chat as the default chat application. Most users have already switched to chat. In case you haven’t switched to Google Chat, you should do so by November 1, 2022. After that date, users will be automatically redirected to Google Chat.
During the migration from Google Hangouts to Google Chat, some conversations need to be transferred, Google says. Users who want to keep a copy of their chats can download it in advance before all Hangouts data is wiped, the US tech giant said.
For some people, their conversations would automatically migrate from Hangouts to Chat, making it easy for them to pick up where they left off, Google explained.
Here’s how to download Google Hangouts data:
STEP 1 Go to Google Data Export and sign in with the Google account you use in Hangouts.
STEP 2 In the available apps, select Hangouts and deselect others.
STEP 3 Click Next Step.
STEP 4 In the Delivery method section, choose how often you want to download the backup. Since Hangouts will soon be upgraded to Google Chat, we recommend a one-time download.
STEP 5 Select a file type.
STEP 6 Click Export.
STEP 7 A message will tell you that Google is making a copy of the Hangouts files. You will receive an email once the subscription process is complete. Download the file to preserve your Hangouts data.
Additionally, until Google Chat and Google Hangouts work together, users can send messages between Chats and Hangouts. This synchronization between Chat and Hangouts is set up so that if Hangouts data is deleted, the corresponding Chat data will also be deleted. Users should delete their data from one of the apps only if they want to delete data from both.
Google also said that users who use Chat at work or school are not guaranteed to see new spaces created in Chat appear in Hangouts.
Google Hangouts will be upgraded to Google Chat by the end of 2022 for those who haven’t yet.