Chat and classic Hangouts interoperability

Hangouts Chat and Meet together are the next version of Hangouts. They will replace the original version (classic Hangouts) in G Suite.


Like classic Hangouts, Hangouts Chat has both direct messages and group messages.

  • Direct messages—Direct messages sent from classic Hangouts or Hangouts Chat can be viewed and replied to in the other product.
  • Group conversations—Group conversations in classic Hangouts or Hangouts Chat can't be viewed or replied to in the other product. Group messages are not compatible between the two products.

    We recommend recreating any group conversations users want to continue in Hangouts Chat.

Message attachments

Type Chat > Classic Classic > Chat
Emojis Forwards to Classic Forwards to Chat
Images Sends a link to message Forwards to Chat
Videos Sends a link to message Sends a link to message
Files Sends a link to message N/A - can’t send files
Stickers N/A - doesn’t have stickers Forwards to Chat
Locations N/A - can’t share location Forwards to Chat
Reactions Won’t show up in Classic N/A - can’t add reactions

Voice calls and text messages

  • You can place calls from Hangouts Chat if your domain is set up to use Google Voice for G Suite. Calls made in Hangouts Chat open Voice for G Suite to place calls. You can't currently use Hangouts Chat to send text messages. We’re working on more integrations with Google Voice in the future.
  • If you use classic Hangouts to call or text message a Hangouts Chat user, it's not compatible with Chat but will ring the user’s device or go to the user’s text messaging client.

Video calling

  • If you’re using Hangouts Chat and trying to video call a classic Hangouts user: Hangouts Chat uses Meet for video meetings. Classic users will receive a link to the meeting.
  • If you’re using classic Hangouts and video calling a Hangouts Chat user: Classic Hangouts has built in video calling and Chat users will receive a link to the meeting.

Chat history setting

  • If participants use a mix of classic Hangouts and new Chat, the classic Hangouts history on/off settings are used in chats. Learn more


  • 1:1 direct messages: All 1:1 direct messages from both classic Hangouts and Hangouts Chat are searchable in Gmail.
  • Group messages & rooms: All classic Hangouts group messages are searchable in Gmail. Hangouts Chat group messages and rooms are searchable in Hangouts Chat.

Note: If you have Hangouts Chat retention rules or holds in Google Vault, messages in Gmail, classic Hangouts, and Hangouts Chat will be retained according to those settings.

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