Today for the first time in a long time, I removed Google Hangouts from my Google Pixel 4 XL smartphone. After removing Hangouts, I switched to using Messages as my default application. I’ll still have Google Hangouts on my desktop Gmail tab, but it won’t be right on my phone for direct communication.
I did have to make sure an update to my Google Hangouts. The steps were pretty easy: 1) open settings from the website, 2) find the Google Fi settings, and 3) remove the check mark from the “Receive SMS and voicemail in Hangouts” option. That made Message work swimming well.
Overall, I have always been really happy with Google Hangouts and having to move away from it to Messages is not very exciting. I’m going to have to get the Messages for the Web setup on my Chromebook and desktop to allow me to have the same type of functionality from before. One of the things I really like to have is the ability to see messages without having to turn on my phone. It is easier to handle incoming messages on the computer with a full keyboard when I’m working at a real computer vs. having to pick up my smartphone.