How do I set up Google Talk/Hangout in Pidgin?


Google Talk still works with XMPP so you can use Pidgin and there is an official tutorial Configure Pidgin to connect to Google Talk

But there is missing important part: you’ll get «Not Authorized» error during connect.
The problem is that Google tries to improve security so your Google/Gmail password ideally should never be entered anywere except of Google itself so no any trojan or virus can’t stole your password.
So how can you login into Google Talk without inputting a password from Google Account?
Well, you can generate another password.
Go to My Account, and in the «Sign-in & Security» column, go to Signing in to Google and then App passwords

You’ll see the «Select the app and device you want to generate the app password for.»
Select App: Mail
Select Device: Other
Then input «pidgin»
Press Generate button

Then you’ll see «Your app password for your device»

 

Copy the generated password and input it into Pidgin account and that’s it.

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One comment

  1. Розел

    I spent quite a bit of time last night configuring Pidgin, my new IM client. A large portion of that time was focused on one particular issue: getting a Google Talk account (when using Google Apps for Your Domain) to play nicely with Pidgin. From looking at the search results for google talk pidgin , it looks like I m not the only one with that problem. Since I did eventually get everything set up, I decided to document the process here in the hopes it might help someone else.

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