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I seem to recall there's a URL you can use to access Gmail Chat directly without having the whole Gmail window. Does anyone know the URL?

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migrated from superuser.com Jun 15 '11 at 8:51

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up vote 19 down vote accepted

Now you can use these official solutions:

The tool mentioned before, and accepted as answer, cannot be downloaded anymore.

Try this one: Google Talk Gadget

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Been looking for this for a while - thanks. – mindless.panda Jun 16 '11 at 12:48
Google decommissioned the Talk Gadget in 2012. – Matt McClure Oct 14 '12 at 1:57
Why didn't I read Matt's comment so long ago! support.google.com/talk/answer/2722317?hl=en – ptpaterson Feb 21 '14 at 17:48

If you are using Google Chrome, you can install the Chat for Google extension.

source: Ways to Access Google Chat - The official supported Chat are:

  • Chatting in Gmail
  • Google+
  • Chatting in iGoogle
  • Chatting in orkut
  • Chat on a Chromebook or a Chrome browser
  • Screen Reader Support
  • Mobile
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The most recent valid URL seems to be https://hangouts.google.com/

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You should just be able to use any XMPP/Jabber client.

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If you are on a mac Adium is my favorite chat client (mac only). Lets you add accounts from just about everything from AIM to IRC to Facebook Chat to GChat to Myspace and everything inbetween.


and they have a pretty sweet icon.

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for other platforms (but also for Mac) and when desktop IM client is needed, you can use Pidgin pidgin.im – Juhele Jun 21 '13 at 22:06
... or Apple's iChat – Vidar S. Ramdal Mar 6 '14 at 12:37

At this time Google Chat is only available inside Gmail.

The alternative is to use Google Hangouts in Google+ -> http://plus.google.com/hangouts

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