Google Business Profile Chat Feature Discontinuation

We have received an important update from Google regarding the Google Business Profile chat feature. This feature will be discontinued on 31 July 2024. This post provides all the details you need to know about this change and how it might impact your business.

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Google has announced that it will be winding down the chat feature in Google Business Profile. This decision is part of Google’s continuous effort to improve its tools and services. While this may come as a surprise, it is essential to understand the specifics of this change and prepare accordingly.

Details of the Discontinuation

The chat feature in Google Business Profile has allowed customers to initiate direct conversations with businesses through Google Search and Maps. However, starting 15 July 2024, Google will stop creating new chat conversations, and the chat functionality will completely end on 31 July 2024.

  • New Conversations: After 15 July, customers will no longer be able to start new chat conversations with your business via Google.
  • Existing Conversations: Customers involved in ongoing chat conversations will be notified about the discontinuation and the upcoming changes.
  • End Date: By 31 July, all chat functionalities will cease, and businesses will no longer receive new chat messages through Google.

Key Dates to Remember

  • 15 July 2024: Last day for customers to start new chat conversations.
  • 31 July 2024: Complete end of chat functionality on Google Business Profile.

Implications for Your Business

The discontinuation of the Google Business Profile chat feature means businesses will need to rely on other communication methods to stay connected with their customers. Here are some implications to consider:

  • Customer Communication: Customers will still be able to contact your business via Google Search and Maps using your phone number, email, and website links.
  • Business Profile Information: Ensure your Business Profile is updated with accurate contact details, business descriptions, photos, and other relevant information to facilitate customer enquiries.

Alternative Communication Methods

With the phasing out of Google’s chat feature, it’s crucial to adopt alternative communication channels to maintain customer engagement and support.

  • Email: Encourage customers to reach out via email for support and enquiries. Ensure your email address is prominently displayed on your Business Profile and website.
  • Phone: Provide a dedicated phone line for customer support and enquiries. Consider setting up a virtual phone system to manage calls efficiently.
  • Social Media: Utilise social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to engage with customers and address their concerns.
  • Live Chat on Website: Implement a live chat feature on your website to facilitate real-time communication with customers.


While the discontinuation of the Google Business Profile chat feature might pose some challenges, it also presents an opportunity to explore and adopt other effective communication methods. Ensure your business contact information is up-to-date and consider enhancing your website and social media presence to maintain robust customer interaction. 

If you have any questions or need assistance with this transition, feel free to reach out to O’Brien Media for support.