Configure Pidgin to connect to Google Talk

We announced a new communications product, Hangouts, in May 2013. Hangouts will replace Google Talk and does not support XMPP.

Once you download Pidgin, you'll need to configure your client to connect to the Google Talk service.

To configure your account:

  1. Open Pidgin.
  2. Select Add.

    screenshot of add button
  3. Enter the following information in the Add Account window:
    • Protocol: XMPP
    • Screen Name: your Google Talk username (without any @ symbol or domain).
    • Domain: Enter the portion of your email address after the @ symbol. For example, will enter as the server value.
    • Password: we suggest leaving this field blank for increased security, but if you'd like to log in automatically, enter your password
    • Local Alias: leave this field blank
    • Remember password: check the box if you'd like Pidgin to remember your password (you won't be prompted to enter it each time you log in, if you select this option)
    • New mail notifications: check the box if you'd like Pidgin to notify you of unread email in your inbox.

      screenshot of add account settings
  4. Click the Advanced tab and select Require Encryption. Enter the following information:
    • Connect port: 5222
    • Connect server:
    • Leave everything else blank or default

  5. Click Save.
You're now ready to connect to the Google Talk service using Pidgin.

Have questions about Pidgin? Learn from the experts! Check out Pidgin's FAQs. The Google Talk Team can only assist you in configuring your client to work with the Talk service.

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