Configuring iChat for Google Talk

If you'd like to use iChat to connect to Google Talk, make sure you have Mac OS X Tiger installed on your computer. If you're using a Mac OS older than Tiger (such as Panther), you won't be able to connect to Google Talk.

Here's how to configure iChat to connect to Google Talk:

  1. Open iChat.
  2. From the iChat menu, select Preferences...

    Screenshot of iChat Preferences

  3. Click Accounts along the top of the dialogue box.
  4. Click the + button along the bottom to add a new account.

    Screenshot of iChat Account Settings

  5. Select Jabber Account from the Account Type drop-down menu.
  6. Enter the following information in the appropriate fields:
    • Jabber ID:
    • If you're signing in with a Gmail or Google Mail username, enter your full email address.
    • If your Google Talk username isn't associated with any Google email product, add @gmail.com to the end of your username. For example, iloveyoko will become iloveyoko@gmail.com.
    • If you're a Google Apps user, enter your full email address (gordon@example.com).
    • Password: Your password.
    • Server: talk.google.com

  7. Click Add.
  8. Highlight your new account in the Accounts section, and then click Server Settings.
  9. Enter the following information in the appropriate fields:
    • Server: talk.google.com
    • Port: 5223

  10. Check the boxes next to Connect using SSL and Allow self-signed certificates. You don't need to check the box next to Warn before password is sent insecurely -- your password is always secure with Google Talk.
  11. Enter iChat in the Location field. If this field is left blank, you won't be able to sign in.

Congratulations. You're now ready to connect to Google Talk using iChat.

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Tips:

  • Once you've configured iChat to connect to Google Talk, you may receive a warning message that states your username and password will be transferred insecurely. This error message is incorrect; your username and password will be safely transferred.
  • Have questions about iChat? Learn from the experts! Check out iChat's FAQs. The Google Talk Team can only assist you in configuring your client to work with Google Talk.

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