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When I try setting up Google Talk in Pidgin. I get the message:

Unable to Connect


(I have it working in Digsby fine)

Here is my setup:

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I checked my configuration - it looks the same, but in the connect server box it's just blank, which appears to be the default setting for Google Talk. Perhaps try taking that out and see if it works? –  nhinkle Aug 18 '11 at 18:20
Having the same problem. Did you ever find the answer? –  Alison R. Feb 9 '12 at 20:39
How do you get it to work if you have a Google account but don't have a Gmail account? –  Chloe Sep 22 '14 at 17:18
i follow your guide religously but i get Not Authorized. Help. –  publicENEMY Jan 29 at 15:54

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Google created the new Google Hangout, that replaces also Google Talk, and seems that XMPP support has been removed.

But there's a partial solution: enable access to Gmail from "less secure apps" and Pidgin will connect to it.

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This fixed the Not Authorized error im getting. Why nobody rated this up is beyond me. Thanks. –  publicENEMY Jan 29 at 15:56
Google's strategy of calling everybody else "less secure" for no reason other than promoting their own privative software. –  Alec Feb 9 at 20:23

for me this helped:

Connection security: Use encryption if available.

Connect port: 5222

Connect server: talk.google.com

Also in Resource I entered "Home"

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Just leave the File transfer proxies as blank in the Advanced tab.

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Source? That doesn't seem right –  Canadian Luke Aug 10 '13 at 16:18

I used:

in the Basic Tab:

Protocol: XMPP
Username: myusername (without @mydomain.com)
Domain: mydomain.com
Resource: (left this blank as default)
Password: mypassword
Checked Remember password

in the Advanced Tab:

Connection security: Require encryption
Connect port: 5222 (default)
Connect server: talk.google.com
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got Not Authorized –  publicENEMY Jan 29 at 15:55

You want to include your full domain in the username field, for example john.doe@gmail.com (which is needed for Google Apps accounts). You can leave the "domain" field blank.

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When I try that, I get: Invalid XMPP ID –  JoelFan Aug 18 '11 at 19:01
Pidgin requires you to type them apart; so, typing them together won't work. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 19 '11 at 12:48

Pidgin comes preconfigured with an option in the drop-down menu called "Google Talk", which has all the settings already done. Type in your username/password and you should be able to connect.

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I tried that and it didn't help. It also changed back to XMPP. –  JoelFan Aug 18 '11 at 19:02
Are you behind a network proxy? If so, please fill in those details and try the "google talk" protocol method again. –  Sudipta Chatterjee Aug 18 '11 at 19:13
If I remember correctly - if you select google talk in the drop down it won't allow you to use an account you have setup for your own domain because it changes to XMPP. I believe for that you have to manually configure it per yuvilo's instructions. –  Nathan Adams Nov 26 '12 at 16:11

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