Combining classic Hangouts and Chat policy management

What’s changing

We’re combining the Admin console settings for Hangouts Chat and classic Hangouts. This will make it easier to manage your policies and make sure they’re configured appropriately. The new settings will be located at Admin console > Apps > G Suite > Hangouts Chat.

See more details and images below.

Who’s impacted

Admins only

Why you’d use it

These Admin console settings help you dictate how your organization uses G Suite messaging products. For example, you can set policies for chat history, external user chats, and third-party integrations (bots). With this update, you only need to go to one place to control all the chat settings for your organization. This can help to simplify deployment and ensure policies are set up as desired.

How to get started

Additional details

Note, we will not be making any changes to your effective settings—only the location and presentation of the settings will change. Clicking “Chat Settings” from the classic Hangouts page in the Admin console will redirect you to the Hangouts Chat settings page. From there, you'll find all of the settings that control chatting across both classic Hangouts and Hangouts Chat.

The specific policies affected by this change, along with details of the impact of the change, are shown in the Help Center. The new policies can be customized for each organizational unit (OU).

Additional details on the function of the settings and what products they apply to are provided in the Admin console interface:

The new combined settings in the Admin console 

Helpful links


Rollout details

G Suite editions

  • Available to all G Suite editions.

On/off by default?

  • These changes will take place automatically for all domains once rollout is complete.

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