How to Connect Google Chat and AIM

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AIM has been discontinued since December 15, 2017. The information below is for historical reference only.

In addition to Facebook Chat and ICQ, AIM users can add Gtalk contacts to their Buddy List. In just three easy steps, you can connect Google chat and AIM in a single IM client, or add individual Gtalk friends to your contacts.

In this illustrated tutorial, I will show you how to do both.

Adding Gtalk Contacts to AIM

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To begin connecting Google chat and AIM, select the "Options" menu, located on the top, right-hand corner of your AIM Buddy List. From the drop-down menu, select "Add to Buddy List," and then "Add Buddy" from the secondary menu.

Users can also press Ctrl+D on your keyboard for faster access.

Enter Your Gtalk Contact's Information

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Next, an AIM dialogue window will appear prompting you to enter your Gtalk contact's information.

From the drop-down menu, select "Google Talk Username," and continue to enter their screen name, group and account you would like to add them to if you have multiple AIM accounts connected. You can also select "More details" to add your contact's name or nickname and mobile number.

Click "Save" to continue connecting Google chat and AIM.

Verify Your Gtalk Contact Has Been Added to AIM

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Finally, check your AIM Buddy List and find the Gtalk contact.

You may have to browse your offline contacts to ensure you have properly connected your friend(s) from Google chat and AIM.

Connect Google Chat and AIM

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If adding Gtalk contacts to AIM was easy, connecting Google Chat and AIM for seamless integration of the two IM clients is even easier. In this portion of this tutorial, you will learn how to add access to your complete Gtalk contacts list to AIM in just two easy steps.

Connecting Google Chat and AIM

To begin connecting Google chat and AIM, select the "Options" menu, located on the top, right-hand corner of your AIM Buddy List. From the drop-down menu, select "Add to Buddy List," and then "Set up Google Talk" from the secondary menu.

Login to Your Google Chat Account from AIM

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Next, you will be prompted to sign in to Gtalk from the AIM client.

Enter your Google Talk screenname and password in the fields provided, and click "Sign In" to continue connecting Google Chat and AIM together.

Locate the New Google Chat Group on AIM

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You have now completed your connection between Google Chat and AIM. To verify the connection, locate the new "Google Friends" group, which has been added to your AIM Buddy List.

You can now send and receive IMs with friends on Gtalk using the AIM IM client.