Google Chat Transition

Martin Luther College will be transitioning away from Classic Hangouts to Google Chat on August 3, 2020. This page will continue to gather together resources about the transition.

If you have specific questions, you can always contact Network Services.


Transition Resources from Google

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the transition happening?

The transition will happen on Monday, August 3, 2020. This is when the setting will be changed in our Google Workspace administration interface to replace Classic Hangouts with Google Chat. It may take a little while for the transition to take place on your account. This will include replacing Classic Hangouts in Gmail.

Can I take a look at the new interface right now?

Absolutely! You can go and visit when logged into your MLC Google Workspace Account and take a look right now.

Where can I ask more questions?

When you are logged into Google Chat, go ahead and search for the room titled Chat Migration Questions and join. You can ask questions there and get answers or feedback.

Does Google provide apps for Google Chat?

Yes they do. You can find apps on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. They also offer an app through Google Chrome for your desktop as well on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The web interface is always available at

Can we create rooms?

Yes! You are free to create your own rooms and invite people to them so that you are able to discuss and collaborate as you need.

Where did my named chats go?

Named chats were a way to keep track of groups of users in Classic Hangouts, but those groupings are not coming along for the ride to Google Chat. You will need to create new rooms or group messages with those people in order to continue the discussion.