Set up classic Hangouts for Google Workspace

If you're an administrator, review the recommended steps below to get started.

Important: Classic Hangouts is being replaced by Google Chat. New Google Workspace organizations should instead use Google Chat.

As an administrator...

  1. Turn on classic Hangouts in Google Workspace

    To let users chat using classic Hangouts, turn on the classic Hangouts service.

    New organizations and users should use Google Chat instead. Follow our easy Quick Start Guide.

  2. Turn chat history on or off for users

    Set the default option for chat history and specify whether users can change their history setting for each conversation.

  3. Support your classic Hangouts users

    Make sure your classic Hangouts users have the information they need to get started.

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