Google announced in 2019 it would retire Classic Hangouts and transition the direct messaging and video components of Connect G Suite for Education to Google Chat and Google Meet

Beginning Monday, November 30, 2020, UCSB will rely on Google Chat for direct messages (DMs), group messages, and team discussions. Employees can access Google Chat directly from your Gmail inbox beginning November 30. You don’t have to open a separate browser window to monitor Google Chat. 

How can departments prepare for the transition?

  • Explore the new Web experience at
  • Download the Google Chat mobile app for Android or iOS.
  • Remove the Hangouts mobile app from your smartphone. 
  • Recreate any group messages as Rooms in Google Chat.

Where can employees find their old chats? 

  • If an employee turned History on while using Hangouts, they can see all your direct messages in Chat. If an employee turned their History off while using Hangouts, they can only see direct messages from the previous 24 hours. 
  • Employees can access previous Hangouts conversation history in Gmail.
  • History is not available for group Hangouts. Employees will not be able to see Hangouts group members after November 30. 

How can employees get help?