How to Configure Google Talk on a Mac

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Google makes instant messaging easy by embedding an IM service in its Gmail accounts. With Google Talk, users are able to chat with their Gmail contacts and contacts from other IM accounts. It is also possible for Gmail users to free voice-to-voice computer calls and send video messages to their contacts. Configuring Google Talk on a Mac is easy and the features are limitless.

Step 1

Make sure you have OSX Tiger installed on your computer. Older versions of Mac OS are not compatible with the Google Talk service.

Step 2

Open iChat on your desktop. Locate the icon in the "Applications" folder on your Mac.

Step 3

Select the "Preferences" option from the iChat menu.

Step 4

Choose the "Accounts" option and select the "+" button. This enables you to add a new account.

Step 5

Open the "Account Type" menu. Choose the "Jabber Account" option from the list. If you are using a Gmail or Google Mail user name, enter your entire email address into the dialog box using the following format: If your Google Talk name isn't associated with any type of Google account, add "" after your user name. If you sign in using Google Apps, enter your full email address.

Step 6

Enter your password into the dialog box. In the "Server" box enter "" Click "Add."

Step 7

Highlight the account you just added In the "Accounts" section. Choose the "Server Settings" option.

Step 8

Confirm that the follow is entered appropriately:Server: 5223Be sure that all of the boxes are checked. Enter "iChat" in the Location Field.

Step 9

To activate the account on the iChat list, choose the "Log into Jabber" option.

Tips & Warnings

  • To use the talk feature, download Google Talk to your computer through the Google website. This feature is ready to use after downloading the program if you have properly configured the iChat to your Google messaging accounts.

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