For Workspace (formerly G Suite) subscribers, Google had initially planned to begin the transfer from conventional Hangouts to Chat in October 2019. Because of the delay, the multi-level strategy didn’t begin until June 2020. However, March has been established as the date for the last phase.
As of March 22, 2022, all customers who haven’t previously enabled the “Chat preferred” option will be obligated to do so. To avoid confusion, users will now be redirected to Chat whenever they access Gmail on the web or the traditional Hangouts mobile applications.– google support
In line with Google’s statement, this is mandatory and, as such, users will not be able to opt out of the change. Although hangouts.google.com will remain operational, the Android and iOS applications will be deactivated as of this writing. Conversation history from the old Hangouts has already been transferred to Google Chat:
After March March 20, the new Google Chat places you create will no longer be available in the old Hangouts app. As a result, messages sent in these areas will only be visible in Google Chat to the people who have been permitted to see them.
The automatic update (to “Chat preferred”) will take place “over three weeks commencing March 22, 2022” if your workspace organization’s Admin panel configuration is still “Chat and traditional Hangouts.”
On April 4, businesses using “Classic Hangouts exclusively” will begin a five-week transition process. Only premium Workspace customers will be affected by the forthcoming shift from traditional Hangouts to Chat; free personal Google accounts will not be affected. All workspace users have the business, as previously hinted.