Hangouts - Local clients (Pidgin, Adium, Google talk)

Hangout with someone who is using another chat app

You can still use a 3rd party chat client like you did before however you won't get all of the features that Google Hangouts has to offer. Also if a person you’ve started a Hangout with is using a Chat in Gmail, Google Talk, or a 3rd party client (Pidgin, Adium, etc..) he or she won’t have access to all of Hangouts’ features either.

The table below shows what the person who is not using Hangouts can and cannot do when messaging you.

ActionAbility to perform action
Send messages to you
Receive messages from you
Send photos to you
Receive photos from you
Start or join a group Hangout
Start or join a video call (Gmail users can start/join one-on-one video calls)
See all emoji you send from Hangouts 

You can connect with local clients by choosing an XMPP connection that connects using  your APUNetID as the username, - as the domain, and connect to server: over "old-style SSL" on port 5223 (often found in the advanced settings).

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Last Updated: 11/12/15

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