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Google has decided to enter the IM and VoIP market with a new service called Google Talk. Based on the open standard Jabber protocol for instant messaging, with audio chat thrown in for good measure, Google Talk is a full-fledged IM client. Unfortunately, the current client […]

Google has decided to enter the IM and VoIP market with a new service called Google Talk. Based on the open standard Jabber protocol for instant messaging, with audio chat thrown in for good measure, Google Talk is a full-fledged IM client. Unfortunately, the current client is only available for (guess what?) Windows. There is good news and better news for Mac users though. The good news is that, if you have a GMail account, you have a Google Talk account. The better news is that, since Google Talk is based on Jabber and Google is reportedly keen on keeping the protocol open, there’s a number of clients available on the Mac side including iChat AV on 10.4.

Here’s how to set up iChat to access Google Talk:

1. Add an account in iChat’s Accounts Preferences, and select “Jabber” as the protocol.
2. Your screen name is: youremail@gmail.com.
3. Your password is your GMail password.
3. Server is ‘talk.google.com’.

iChat wants to use SSL for Jabber, so it will default to using port 5223 instead of the correct 5222. I didn’t find this much of a problem, but you will get a message warning that your login and password are being sent in an way that isn’t secure. Click Continue at that window and iChat will log you in to Google Talk.

Anybody having any problems logging in? Anyone tried out whether or not Google Talk’s audio chat works with iChat AV? Let me know in the comments.

(Hat Tip: TUAW)

  1. You can get rid of the message by unchecking the box in the account settings. However, turning off SSL and setting the port to 5222, when I try to connect I get an unexpected disconnect immediately. Am I doing something wrong, or is Google Talk just getting way too hammered at the moment?

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  2. I can’t connect in any way… Not with the port set to 5222 nor 5223… I just don’t get it.
    iChat keeps on saying that it can’t connect to talk.google.com :-/

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  3. Kevin,

    I had the same problem as you’re reporting, so I decided to leave SSL on and deal with the insecure login message.

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  4. Karst,

    You may want to double-check your login and password. Google’s posted a help page for this here: http://www.google.com/support/talk/bin/answer.py?answer=23944

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  5. I think I must have a completely different iChat to everyone else…it won’t let me add an account jabber or not – the only option i get is “use my .Mac account” (which I don’t have) and “create new .Mac account” (which i can’t afford, and quite frankly don’t want…..Any ideas?

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  6. Oz,

    Are you on 10.4? iChat on 10.3 doesn’t support Jabber.

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  7. Ah, that would explain it – yet another reason I should ignore my bank balance and upgrade to tiger! lol.

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  8. Oz,

    k0m 2 Tiger !@ *rawr*.

    Thanks for the post Rich :D useful stuff as always! :D

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  9. Has anybody tried to use this with Adium?

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  10. yes. works great with Adium.

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