How to Add Google Hangouts to Messages on Mac

Jun 19, 2017 - 9 Comments

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Did you know the Mac Messages app can support chatting with Google Hangouts natively?

This is a nice feature for Mac users who chat with Google Hangout and leave a web browser window open to do so, since you’ll be able to communicate and message through Google Hangouts (aka modern Google Talk) but directly in the same Messages app you use for iMessage communication on the Mac.

Adding Google Chat to iMessages on Mac

  1. Open the Messages app and pull down the “Messages” menu then choose “Add Account
  2. Add an account to Messages for Mac for Google Hangouts

  3. Select “Google” from the account types
  4. Choose Google as account to messages for mac

  5. Sign in with your Google account to add Google Hangouts to Messages app on the Mac
  6. Log in to Google Hangouts account for adding to Messages for Mac

That’s all there is to it, you’ll be able to message users via Google Hangouts directly from the same iMessage app on the Mac.

Note if you use two factor authentication for Google (as you should) then you’ll need to generate an app password for setting up with Messages on the Mac.

The Messages for Mac app is more diverse than many users realize, and it actually supports multiple other chat protocols including the native iMessage, SMS texting, AOL, AIM, Google as outlined above, and any Jabber based chat protocol too. Once upon a time even Facebook messenger and Yahoo Messenger was supported too!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. e1035116 says:

    Great tip!

    Can you elaborate how to generate an app password for setting up with Messages on the Mac? Do I do that from iCloud or from Google?

    Thanks!

    • e1035116 says:

      To assign a Apple iCloud app specific password, you need to go to appleid.apple.com from your web browser and sign in with your Apple ID and Password.

      Verify your identity with two-factor authentication.

      Under the Security section, select Generate Passwords.

      If you don’t see the option to generate app-specific passwords, you’ll need to enable two-factor authentication, which is different than two-step verification.

      Sign in to Appleid.apple.com, then select Generate Password.

      Enter a label for the password. Be sure the name relates to the app for which you are generating the password, like “Outlook” or “Thunderbird.”

      Select Create.

      Enter a password label, then select Create

      Copy the app-specific password you generated.

      Copy the newly generated password.

      ….and this is where I can’t figure out what, who, or where I apply it make it work with iMessage on a Mac. Any guidance appreciated.

  2. James says:

    Is it possible to do the same from an iPad/iPhone? That would be really nice!

  3. Kevin says:

    Sadly this does not work with macOS High Sierra.

    • Brad says:

      Can confirm. Bastards took it away. Says “Support for the targeted service Google Talk has been discontinued” when I tried replying to a thread post upgrade :(

    • Claude says:

      I use YakYak, an open source client and multiplateform client for Hangout.

    • Peter Gerdes says:

      There is a FIX!! See here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8141551

      After running a comparison with a working version (on Sierra 10.12.6) it looks like the solution (at least for me) is to change the Where value that gets generated on sign in from what gets populated when adding an account in High Sierra com.apple.account.jabber.password to Jabber

      In order to make this change follow these steps:

      Open Keychain Access
      Search for com.apple.account.jabber.password
      Double click it to open the attributes prompt
      In the Where field (fourth one down) you should see com.apple.account.jabber.password
      Replace all text in that field with Jabber
      Click Save Changes

      After making this change the first launch of messages asked me to allow permission to access keychain. After doing so any subsequent open of messages works as expected.

  4. Brian says:

    It’s google talk that is being discontinued not apple.

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