How can I complete disable Hangouts in my Google account?

I want to close Hangouts, without disabling my entire Google account. I don't want anyone to be able to message me. If anyone tries to message me, I want them to receive some sort of message saying that I don't have Hangouts enabled.

Is there a way to do this?

I don't want to just uninstall Hangouts on my device, because that might not be enough for my contacts to realise that I am not on Hangouts, I want my contacts to know that I have disabled Hangouts.

  • From Google help: Turn Hangouts on or off for users
    – Kos
    Jun 23 '18 at 19:53
  • @Kos That only applies if you are using G Suite, which I am not. I get this error: "admin.google.com is for G Suite accounts only"
    – Flimm
    Jun 24 '18 at 6:27
  • Why the downvote?
    – Flimm
    Jun 24 '18 at 6:27
  • 1
    You can add info that you are not using G Suite account to your question, also you may mention why solution from webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/50689/… is not good for you
    – Kos
    Jun 24 '18 at 7:42
  • I'm not one that downvoted, I am actually giving upvote because question looks ontopic.
    – Kos
    Jun 24 '18 at 7:43

From Remove products

You can remove certain products from your Google Account at any time. To remove a product you no longer use, follow the steps below.


  1. Open your Google Account.
  2. In the "Account preferences" section, select Delete your account or services.
  3. Choose Delete products. You might need to sign in.
  4. Next to the product you want to remove, select Remove Remove.

To remove a product from your account that isn't listed in your Google Account, visit support.google.com for more info on a specific product.

  • Google Hangouts doesn't appear in the list of products to remove.
    – Flimm
    Jul 3 '18 at 6:08

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