Switch from classic Hangouts to a new text messaging app

If you use Hangouts as your text messaging app (SMS & MMS), switch to another text messaging app to continue sending and receiving text messages (SMS & MMS).  

You’ll still be able to text on Hangouts through Google Voice and Project Fi.

Important: Phone calls in classic Hangouts will be turned off in early 2021.

If you are in the US, you can continue to make phone calls by upgrading to Google Voice. If you are not in the US or do not wish to upgrade to Google Voice, you can continue to use the Hangouts call phones feature until late 2020 with access to classic Hangouts. You can also request a refund of your eligible calling credit.

Step 1: Get a new text messaging app

You might already have a texting app on your phone. If not, you can:

Step 2: Set up your new texting app

  1. Open the Hangouts app .
  2. At the top, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings and thenSMS and then SMS enabled.
  4. Select the text messaging app you want as the default. If you’re using an older device, you might need to tap Default SMS app. If you don't see this option, set up your texting app in your phone's settings. 

Now you’ll get text messages through the new app, not Hangouts. Your current messages will also be moved to the new app.

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