You may have received a notification from Google in the past few days to indicate that the Hangouts app for Chrome will soon be unavailable . Users who want to continue using it will have to install the Hangouts extension for this same browser.
If you are fast and diligent, it is even possible that you already have the Chrome extension installed . In fact, Google makes it easy for users to download it and add it to their browser quickly. But if you don't do it right, it is possible that you end up leaving the application and the extension installed at the same time and that, from this moment, you start receiving all the messages in duplicate.
If you work with Hangouts regularly, this can be a real nightmare. So here's how to get rid of the Hangouts for Chrome app and install the new extension. It's easy, fast, and it will save you more than one problem.
How to uninstall the Hangouts app
The applications for Chrome are practically not used, so Google has decided to phase them out. Hangouts is no exception. In any case, if you don't want to have duplicate Hangouts on your computer , what you have to do is the following:
1. Access the Google Hangouts application section. If you have it installed on your computer, the system will indicate that it is already installed. And it will give you an option: uninstall it .
2. If you are decided, click on the blue button: Uninstall . The system will ask you a question: Do you want to uninstall Google Chrome from Google? Just hit the Delete button.
From now on you will stop receiving Hangouts notifications and, of course, you will no longer be able to use the Chrome application. But it's just what we intended, right?
You can check that the application has been completely eliminated by clicking on the Windows Start button and typing 'Hangouts'. If nothing appears (the application you were using until now must have been struck down), you have uninstalled the application correctly. Now you only have to install the alternative to the application, which is the extension.
Install the Hangouts extension on Chrome
If you immediately want to install the extension (it is useful if you usually use Hangouts to communicate with your co-workers, team of collaborators or clients), we recommend doing the following:
1. Access the Chrome Web Store and do a search with the word 'Hangouts'. This will open all related applications. The first one that will appear, logically, will be the official one. Click on the "Add to Chrome" button. Then choose the option
From now on, you can continue using Hangouts for Chrome from the same browser. An icon will appear in the upper right part of the browser, from which you can control your activity, if you are connected and if you receive a message.
Be that as it may, if someone sends you a message in Hangouts, you will quickly get a notification. And then you can respond in the window specially enabled for this purpose. You will see that the tool is practically identical, if we compare it with the previous application. In this way, you will not have any problem adapting to its operation.
From now on, when you want to activate Hangouts, click on the top icon. The window with all the most recent chats will open and you can talk to any of your contacts.