I've updated Google Talk to "Hangouts (replaces Talk)". Now whenever I get a message, I receive two notifications: one from the new Hangouts app and the other from the old Talk app. How do I disable the notification from Talk?

Device is Samsung Galaxy S II running Android 4.1.2.

  • Hmm, Hangouts seems to have truly replaced Talk on my AT&T SGS3 (I can't remember whether it was built in or I installed it from Google Play, though). But try this: Settings -> Application Manager -> All (tab) -> Talk (maybe Google Talk) -> Disable. Or you could try going into Talk's settings and disabling anything related to notifications. May 20 '13 at 10:56
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    @TreborRude the app menu no longer contains "Talk" so I can't access its settings. In the application manager, neither "Talk" nor "Google Talk" appear under the "all" tab.
    – Oak
    May 20 '13 at 10:59
  • They just changed the app's name. If you take a closer look: the package name is still the same for hangout: com.google.android.talk. So it's technically impossible to have both apps installed at the same time (unless manipulating one of them into using another package name).
    – Izzy
    May 20 '13 at 11:43
  • What happens when one is built in and the other downloaded, @Izzy? There must be some reason he's getting double notifications. That couldn't happen if the app was completely replaced. Stray service? Have you rebooted since installing Hangouts, @Oak? May 20 '13 at 12:09
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    @TreborRude just tried a reboot and it solved it. I guess I need to watch The IT Crowd some more :) please post an answer so I could accept it.
    – Oak
    May 20 '13 at 13:12

As Izzy pointed out in the comments, the package name of Hangouts is the same as the one for Google Talk: com.google.android.talk. Therefore, even if Talk was built in to your ROM, it should be 'overlaid' by Hangouts.

However, it's possible that there's some Google Talk service that didn't get killed by the upgrade process. If that's the case, a simple reboot should solve the problem.

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    I am having the same issue with my HTC Incredible 2. This issue has persisted after a reboot.
    – Jeff
    May 24 '13 at 14:45
  • Several reboots did not fix error Jun 4 '13 at 18:46

I had exactly the same problem. I solved it by doing the following:

  • Settings
  • Applications
  • Manage applications
  • Tab 'All'
  • Google Services Framework
  • Clear data
  • reboot the phone

Good luck

  • After following these instructions, my hangouts were no longer being notified of new messages. I ended up clearing data of Hangouts. Uninstalling Google Play Services, then when I launched Hangouts, it had me re-install Google Play Services. After install I had to re-open Hangouts twice and then it was working correctly. Jun 4 '13 at 19:19

If a reboot doesn't solve the problem, such as in my case (HTC Desire HD), try going to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All > Hangouts and tap "Clear Cache" and "Clear Data". Go back, open Hangouts again and it will sign you back in. You may need to verify your number again, but that got rid of the duplicate notifications for my case.


This is now fixed in the latest release of Hangouts:

Fixed a problem where you could receive two notifications for a message: one from Hangouts, one from the old Talk app.

The new version details are below:

UPDATED: June 6, 2013

Google Hangouts


I fixed mine a different way. tried all the above and nothing worked. I figured it was still seeing me as logged into Talk.

Try the following: Uninstall updates for Hangouts. (brings you back to talk) Open Talk and Sign Out. Reinstall update (brings you back to Hangouts)

Fixed it for me.


I have no idea if this will work, but you could try and install "Root Uninstaller" and remove Google Talk, and then just install hangouts.
In the app you have the option to back it up, so if something goes wrong you can restore your google talk back.

  • This led me on the right track: I did not use Root Uninstaller, but followed these instructions on the CM wiki to completely remove the system Talk.apk.
    – Pi Delport
    May 27 '13 at 13:28
  • Alas, removing Talk.apk did not solve it after all.
    – Pi Delport
    May 29 '13 at 17:41
  • So you are still looking for a fix on this?
    – Mihai
    May 30 '13 at 16:51

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