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How to add Google Apps account to Pidgin



Pidgin is an open source instant messaging client that you can use both on Windows and Linux based operating system such as Ubuntu. This blog tells you how to set up your Google apps account in Pidgin.

For many PC power users shifting from Windows to Ubuntu can be a difficult transition when they’ve got used to the numerous Windows-based software applications, and GoogleTalk is one of them. In GoogleTalk it’s extremely easy to set up both Gmail accounts and Google apps account. Fortunately, GoogleTalk works only under Windows. And if you want to use something like GoogleTalk, you need to use Pidgin or Empathy. Pidgin is installed by default when you are installing Ubuntu. A good thing about Pidgin is that you can use multiple instant messenger IDs with it, including GoogleTalk, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ and Jabber.

Anyway, in order to add your Google apps account or ID to Pidgin, you enter the login information in the following manner:

  • Start Pidgin, or bring it forward if it’s already running.
  • Click Accounts -> Manage Accounts
  • Click Add…
  • In the Basic tab
    • For Protocol enter XMPP
    • For username enter the text before @ of your email
    • For Domain enter the name of your domain (yourdomain.com)
    • For Resource enter Home
  • In the Advanced tab
    • Select Require SSL/TLS
    • For Connect port enter 5222
    • For connect server enter talk.google.com
    • For File transfer proxies enter proxy.eu.jabber.org
  • Click Add
Adding Google Apps account to Pidgin - Basic tab details

Adding Google Apps account to Pidgin - Basic tab details

Adding your Google Apps ID to Pidgin - Advanced tab details

Adding your Google Apps ID to Pidgin - Advanced tab details

You have added your Google Apps account to Pidgin.