How To Revert to Google Talk from Hangouts in Gmail

A pretty easy to follow guide that will help you to revert to Google Talk from the new launched Hangouts. This guide focuses on Gmail for web version.

Google integrated every chat platform Google has created into a single one named “Hangouts”. Codenamed “Babel”, Google Hangouts was announced at the Google I/O 2013 event. Hangouts will make cross-platform chatting or messaging a lot more easier.

While Hangouts looks pretty brilliant both on the outside and the inside, it is still in it’s development stages. The Google+ Messenger still exists on the Android ecosystem. Google is yet to kick that and merge that into Hangouts.

Hangouts isn’t as impressive as Google Talks. Hangouts lacks some of the most basic features like displaying the online status of a particular contact properly. The Hangouts app on Android doesn’t show which friends are online at present. But the Hangouts on Gmail for web gives you a hint of the online status – that is, the online friends’ display picture is highlighted with a green line at the bottom.

You can read more about Hangouts here.

How to Remove Hangouts on Gmail for Web?

Removing Hangouts on your Gmail for web can be pretty easy. It’s really simple that it goes unnoticed by most of the people. With just a couple of clicks, you can move to the old, familiar Google Talk.

  1. Log into your Gmail account.
  2. The Hangouts section loads at the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Once it loads, click on the Arrow mark near your name and choose Revert to old chat.
  4. A confirmation box opens up and you should confirm that you want to move to Google Talk.


Once done, you’ll notice the old, familiar Google Talk in the place of Hangouts. Now you can easily see the list of your online friends.

If you ever wanted to upgrade to Hangouts again, just click on the Arrow mark near your name again and click the “Try the new Hangouts” option.

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One Comment

jason fuller October 26, 2013

OMG thank you! Making phone calls with hangouts was terrible!!!!