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Hangouts is being replaced by Google Chat: how long will Hangouts last?

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/25

Hangouts is being replaced by Google Chat

Hangouts is being replaced by Google Chat

Oh boy, this is probably a prelude to Google Hangouts, as it originates from Google+, following the Google+ feat: death for personal users.

[Wayback] Learn about the switch from classic Hangouts to Google Chat – Computer – Hangouts Help started with

Google Chat launched to Google Workspace accounts in 2017 and is now available for free on personal accounts. When you switch from classic Hangouts to Google Chat on your personal account, you

but then came this in the list of limitations:

  • Video call ringing isn’t available on Google Chat. If you use classic Hangouts for direct video calls that ring, don’t switch to Google Chat. To start a video call in Google Chat, you can drop a Google Meet chip into the conversation and dial in.

Now looking for an integrated chat and video call option that my mentally retarded brother understands, as the non-straightforward integration of Google Chat and Google Meet features won’t cut it for his mental abilities.

Via: [] Jeroen Wiert Pluimers on Twitter: “Oh dang: how long will Google Hangouts last? It is the easiest (and currently only well known) way for my mentally retarded brother to have video calls with his caretakers and us.”


PS: Blocks also do not transfer to Google Chats. At you can find who you blocked.

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Chrome supported extension IDs

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/11

I wonder how you can programmatically open a Hangouts link from Chrome?

These dit not help:

So did some more digging.

TL;DR: did not find a solution; so any help is appreciated.

I found the IDs of then in [WayBack] extensions/common/ – chromium/src.git – Git at Google

namespace extension_misc {
const char kPdfExtensionId[] = "mhjfbmdgcfjbbpaeojofohoefgiehjai";
const char kQuickOfficeComponentExtensionId[] =
const char kQuickOfficeInternalExtensionId[] =
const char kQuickOfficeExtensionId[] = "gbkeegbaiigmenfmjfclcdgdpimamgkj";
const char kMimeHandlerPrivateTestExtensionId[] =
const char kProdHangoutsExtensionId[] = "nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd";
const char* const kHangoutsExtensionIds[6] = {
    "ljclpkphhpbpinifbeabbhlfddcpfdde",  // Debug.
    "ppleadejekpmccmnpjdimmlfljlkdfej",  // Alpha.
    "eggnbpckecmjlblplehfpjjdhhidfdoj",  // Beta.
    "jfjjdfefebklmdbmenmlehlopoocnoeh",  // Packaged App Debug.
    "knipolnnllmklapflnccelgolnpehhpl"   // Packaged App Prod.
    // Keep in sync with _api_features.json and _manifest_features.json.
// Error returned when scripting of a page is denied due to enterprise policy.
const char kPolicyBlockedScripting[] =
    "This page cannot be scripted due to an ExtensionsSettings policy.";
}  // namespace extension_misc

The odd thing is that the source does not match the Chrome web store designation:

Hangouts ExtensionId Source name Web store name
nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd kProdHangoutsExtensionId Google Hangouts
ljclpkphhpbpinifbeabbhlfddcpfdde Debug Google Hangouts (Extension, Beta); GOOGLE CONFIDENTIAL – FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY
ppleadejekpmccmnpjdimmlfljlkdfej Alpha Google Hangouts (Extension, Debug)
eggnbpckecmjlblplehfpjjdhhidfdoj Beta Google Hangouts (Extension, Alpha)
jfjjdfefebklmdbmenmlehlopoocnoeh Packaged App Debug 404 error
knipolnnllmklapflnccelgolnpehhpl Packaged App Prod Google Hangouts; Hangouts Chrome App is deprecated. Please switch to the Hangouts Chrome Extension.

You can not start the extensions in a tab; they need to start their view through the extension.

So these links do not work:

  • chrome-extension://nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd/mainapp.html?uv_main_window
  • chrome-extension://ljclpkphhpbpinifbeabbhlfddcpfdde/mainapp.html?uv_main_window
  • chrome-extension://ppleadejekpmccmnpjdimmlfljlkdfej/mainapp.html?uv_main_window
  • chrome-extension://eggnbpckecmjlblplehfpjjdhhidfdoj/mainapp.html?uv_main_window
  • chrome-extension://jfjjdfefebklmdbmenmlehlopoocnoeh/mainapp.html?uv_main_window
  • chrome-extension://knipolnnllmklapflnccelgolnpehhpl/mainapp.html?uv_main_window


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Block or ignore someone – Computer – Hangouts Help

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/08/17

Blocking persons (for instance for sending you materials that in G+ would be a T.O.S. violation) is only possible by blocking them, not by reporting them.

Most hangouts users however do have a G+ account, so you can request a block there.

Relevant links:





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Navigation bar notifications for Google web products will go away on March 7, 2019. Via Manage your notifications – Google Account Help

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/08

After March 7, 2019, notifications for Google web products will no longer be accessible from the navigation bar.

[WayBackManage your notifications – Google Account Help has more details, but it does not look good.

More Google stuff is dying, almost every month now. For a list of dying products see: [

Given more is dying, and the increased lack of confidence many people have in Google, more people are abandoning Google. More on that in a future post.

For now: [WayBack] “Manage your Notifications”: After March 7, 2019, notifications for Google web products will no longer be accessible from the navigation bar. If you’d l… – Edward Morbius – Google+

“Manage your Notifications”: After March 7, 2019, notifications for Google web products will no longer be accessible from the navigation bar. If you’d like to receive similar notifications in the future, you can update the notification settings for your individual Google products.

As usual, it’s not clear whether or not this will affect the notifications widget on G+ itself. Google’s standards for clarity in exposition remain uncorrupted. Which is to say: entirely inadequate.

Otherwise, the article addresses Google Photos, Hangouts Chat, and Google+ (G Suite users).

Update: Further close reading suggests that Consumer Google+ will lose Notifications on March 7:

Note: Google+ notifications are available for G Suite users only.

Via: [WayBack] “Manage your Notifications”: After March 7, 2019, … – Lars Fosdal – Google+


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How to switch off the sound on the desktop Hangout? – Google Product Forums

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/04/20

For a long time, this was hard: [Archive.isHow to switch off the sound on the desktop Hangout? – Google Product Forums.

A lot of people complained, often in a not so nice way.

The solution – that took years to appear – however now is very simple:

Click the options hamburger on the top left, then remove the checkmark for “Sounds for incoming messages”

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