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.
|Action||Ability 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, apu.edu - as the domain, and connect to server: talk.google.com over "old-style SSL" on port 5223 (often found in the advanced settings).
Last Updated: 11/12/15