What are the best Google Chat clients for Mac Os X?

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    Adium is a free messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, XMPP (Jabber), ICQ, IRC and more and is very similar to google chat. Use this similar Google Chat client on your Apple device.



    Arthur Morgan
    Written on April 7, 2017
    "A create solution for an "all-in-one" chat app. Not having to have 3 or even 4 chat clients to stay connected and just having this one client really is saving me from pop-up hell! Best of all its free and works great."
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    Yakyak is a desktop chat client for Google Hangouts on a Mac OS X desktops and laptops. This chat client enables users to use Google chat on a Mac computer.


    Windows, Mac


    Benjamin Kelly
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "I've been wanting to try this for a long time but I've been busy. When I finally got the time, having Yakyak on my mac finally allowed me to send chats to my colleagues. However, improvements must be done because I can't place calls on Yakyak. "
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    #3Franz 5

    Franz 5

    Franz 5 is the perfect tool to manage a variety of business and private messaging and chat services such as Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zendesk and many more.


    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Juan Stone
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "It's such a pain to open different chat apps on my computer separately because it takes time navigating from then one by one. Franz makes it easy for me to collate all my messaging apps into one. So I have good experience using this computer app because I don't have to check my phone from time to time."


Google Hangouts was supposed to be named “Babel”. On May 15, 2013, during the Google conference, they officially launched the service as Hangouts. Google claimed that Hangouts is the future of Google Voice. Before the birth of Hangouts, Google already has similar messaging services and platforms. These include Google Talk which was announced to be discontinued since February 16, 2015. In 2017, Google divided Hangouts into two products called Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. They differ according to the focused service. Hangouts Meet is for video conferences while Hangouts Chat is for instant messaging. One of its features is it allows chat histories to be saved online to allow them to be synced on devices. Hangouts can be accessed online through Gmail, Google+ websites, and mobile applications. According to Statista, Google Hangouts ranks 10th in the most popular mobile social networking apps in the United States as of February 2018. Google Hangouts have an estimated 15.62 million mobile users. Other communication platforms also landed on the list like Skype with 8.72 million users, GroupMe with 10.15 million users, LINE with 3.15 million users and Facebook messenger with a high number of users at 103.55 million users. Google Hangouts is now commonly used for business, educational and social purposes. 

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    Nimbuzz is a messenger client that can be used on a Mac OS X system combining the hangouts and google chat availabilities. It is a very helpful resource for everyone that would like to use a google chat client on a Mac.


    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Brian Bailey
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Nimbuzz works decently with Google Chat when run on a Mac running OS X, but other products might be better. This one still has some persistent bugs that seem to stick around throughout various versions of the software. Also, it generally works fine with Google Chat, but it has discontinued support for some less popular older clients, which is an issue you might have to take into consideration. "
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    #5Chatty for Google Hangouts

    Chatty for Google Hangouts

    Chatty for Google Hangouts is a Google Hangouts client for Mac desktops and laptops which supports Hangouts video calls, conferences, single-person chat, and group chats. Also features notifications for chat messages.




    Kathryn Garrett
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "Wow Chatty syncs my Hangouts well! I'm about to give up that Google chat app 'cause of the crappy extension but Chatty saved my arse. Only, phone calls aren't available yet but I can use this well for chatting."
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    #6Chat for Hangouts

    Chat for Hangouts

    Chat for Hangouts - Message & Video Call is a Google Hangouts client for Mac desktops and laptops which supports video conferences, instant messaging, photo sharing, emojis, stickers, and so on. 




    Maria Pierce
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "I hated chats popping out on my screen especially when I share my screen during meetings, that's why I got rid of Google Hangouts extension. With Chat for Hangouts, I don't have to open the Chrome browser just to receive messages. I'm actually receiving messages with silent notifications. This is a cool software to use on my Mac PC. Love it!"
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    Trillian is an instant messaging software for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, tablets and mobile devices which keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them.


    Windows, Android, iOS, Mac

    Free- month. Varies by plan. Free Trial Available

    Judy Warren
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Google Chat appears to be a helpful way to keep instant messaging conversations under control and in place. It allows you to pick up the conversation later say, if you have to find an answer for something and that might take a while or you have to break and do something else but the conversation is important. I don't know if it will solve the problems of people walking and driving while messaging but it might help one to be more efficient."
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    #8Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts comes with every Android app, is also available on iOS and can also be used on a PC or laptop. It has messaging features as well as group conference calls, online chat gaming, and VoIP calls to landlines. 


    Android, iOS, Chrome


    Jessica Hansen
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "I have used Good Hangouts with major success multiple times! I have mostly used this as I work on non-profit projects with a team of individuals that are located all over the country. Google Hangouts is not only just available on my iPhone as well, I can also use it on my PC which is extremely helpful as I share photos and documents right through the app. I also use Google Hangouts to communicate with family who live abroad so I don't have huge phone bills for international calling. Google Hangouts is such a simple to use program that if I can use, anyone can use it!"


Best What are the best Google Chat clients for Mac Os X
1AdiumSoftware 15 Free
2YakyakSoftware 11 Free
3Franz 5Software 11 Free
4NimbuzzSoftware 8 Free
5Chatty for Google HangoutsSoftware 6 Free
6Chat for HangoutsSoftware 3 Free
7TrillianSoftware 2 Free
8Google HangoutsApps 1 Free

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