Following the discontinuation of Google Hangouts for Workspace users in February, Google is now starting the transition of free, individual Hangouts users to Chat. Google said those who are still using the Hangouts mobile app will receive a suggestion to switch to Chat in a blog post.
Users using Hangouts in Gmail on the web will not be prompted to switch to Chat until July, according to Google. Google said that it will notify customers "at least one month" in advance before it starts redirecting the Hangouts site to Chat. Hangouts will still be accessible on its desktop site until November. Google Chat and GChat (or Google Talk), which Google permanently stopped supporting earlier this month, are not the same thing.
Hangouts was meant to replace GChat initially, but here we are. In 2018, the firm made its intentions to move customers from Hangouts to Chat more apparent. In 2020, the service became available to all users without charge. Google ought to move all of your current Hangouts discussions to Chat automatically if you still use that service.
The firm also provides you the chance to get a copy of your data via its Takeout service before Hangouts is formally retired in November. Google claims it's rolling out a few new capabilities, such as the ability to place direct calls, create in-line threads in Spaces (the rebranded version of Rooms), share and see multiple photos, to attract people to move to Chat.