Google Talk via Empathy

Google Talk via Empathy is another IM protocol connection that needs a little tweaking with the settings to get to work. Here’s the run-down on what needs to be set:

Go to Edit > Accounts, select Add then Google Talk.

Fill in the name, optionally select remeber password and enter your password, then tick down the Advanced arrow and …

Check Ignore SSL Certificate Errors

Under Override Server Settings

  • Server:
  • Port: 5223

Check Use Old SSL

You should be able to connect now.

Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome, as always. I’m sure some of these settings are not needed or can be simplified, so I would appreciate any feedback anyone can share. Thank you!



  1. #1 by davescar on June 22, 2011 - 8:47 pm

    Actually, I got it to work using slightly different settings:
    Encryption required – UNCHECKED
    Ignore SSL certificate errors – UNCHECKED
    Resource – BLANK
    Priority – 0
    Server –
    Port – 5222
    Use old SSL – UNCHECKED

    • #2 by Mike on June 24, 2011 - 9:23 am


      Thanks for sharing! Your settings definitely do work!

  2. #3 by rafael pernia on January 23, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    hi, I know this thread is old but I have a little problem.

    Im new in ubuntu. When I log with my google account in empathy, there is no problem but everytime I turn off the laptop and start again there is an authentication error and have to delete account and authorize again. Happens only with google accounts.

    Ubunto 12.10