June 28, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google has officially shut down Google Talk today.
  • The legacy instant messaging service will stop supporting third-party apps, including Pidgin and Gajim.
  • Google began retiring Talk in 2013 and transitioning users to its other messaging services.

Google has completely pulled the plug on Talk, a legacy messaging service that you probably haven’t used in a very long time. Google Talk has remained operational for quite some time, even after it was retired a few years ago, but that officially ends today.

First spotted by Android Police (opens in new tab), Google said in a post on Talk’s support page (opens in new tab) that it has discontinued support for third-party XMPP apps, including Pidgin and Gajim. These services allowed users to continue using the platform even after the company transitioned Talk users to Google Hangouts in 2017.