Google Talk Transitioning to Hangouts

posted Apr 10, 2017, 6:42 AM by Eric Fruth   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 6:43 AM ]

Google announced that on June 26, 2017 Google Talk will be transitioned to Google Hangouts. Accounts on the UMICH domain that have Talk installed on one or more devices will be affected by this change. The U-M Google Team will send an email to those affected later this week with the following information:


What will happen if you are affected?

  • You will get an invitation to switch to Hangouts. After June 26, you will be automatically transitioned to Hangouts. You can then go to Options and check the Use dense roster box to remove avatars and create an experience more like Google Talk.

  • Using Hangouts, you can communicate with other people using Hangouts, but not other chat clients.

  • The legacy Google Talk Android app was replaced in 2013 and will stop functioning after June 26. You are encouraged to install Hangouts now.


For reference, you can review the differences between Hangouts chat and Google Talk. Hangouts includes group chat, Android and Apple iOS apps, group video calling, and integration with other Google products. If you have any questions or need any help with this change, contact the ITS Service Center.


The Collaboration Services Team


Tip: Did you know? You can start a group conversation with Hangouts.

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