The Google team has announced a complete transition from the old Google Hangouts messaging service to the more modern Google Chat.
Earlier this year, the company mentioned that Google Chat would soon become the default text messaging app and that Google Hangouts users through the Gmail website, Hangouts mobile app, and Hangouts Chrome extension would be automatically redirected to Google Chat. Google has now clarified that Google Hangouts will be officially discontinued on November 1, 2022.
Most of the data will be automatically exported to Google Chat. However, some data is not automatically migrated. In these cases, Google will notify users separately.
In the support section, Google notes that you can download your data using Google Archiver until January 1, 2023.