How to Install YakYak on Ubuntu 20.04

Google Hangouts is a famous communication app to send messages, share content like files, pictures, and videos. The screen sharing and video call options in this application make it popular among its users. The application can be installed on all operating systems and is also available on mobile phones. To make phone calls, users might need to buy monthly packages. In this tutorial, we will set up and install the YakYak Google Hangouts client on an Ubuntu 20.04 system.

Installing Google Hangouts/YakYak

Google Hangouts cannot be installed directly on the Linux platform-based desktop, we require to use YakYak a third-party application. This open-source client allows users to download Google Hangouts in their systems.

Method 01 # Installing Google Hangouts using Snap package

The first method discussed will use the snap package for the installation of Google Hangouts.

Step 1: Installing snap package

We can install Google Hangouts using YakYak in an Ubuntu system. To do so, make sure you already have installed the snap package within your system. If you do not have the package in the system, install it before moving to the next steps. To do so, open up the terminal window by using the Ctl+Alt+T shortcut or you can simply go to the ApplicationsTerminal of the system. When opened, type this command in the terminal window of your computer system:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install snapd

The moment you press the enter key from the keyboard, the apt updates and installation will begin.

Install Snapd

Step 2: Installing core

After the successful configuration of snap within the system, you need to install core of the snap. Type the following mentioned command in the terminal window:

$ sudo snap install core

Confirmation of installation

Once you hit enter an output similar to the one displayed below will confirm the installation process.

Step 3: Restarting snapd services

After that, restart the snapd services by typing the following:

$ sudo systemctl restart snapd

This will restart the snapd services in your system.

Step 4: Installing YakYak

The next step is the installation of YakYask within the system. To do so, type the following command within the terminal window and press the enter key:

$ sudo snap install yakyak

The download will begin as shown in the figure below:

Confirmation of installation

Once the process of installation is completed an output will appear as shown in the following figure:

Method # 02: Download and install the YakYak deb package

The second method requires user to download the YakYak deb package. Follow all of the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Download the deb package

Download the latest deb package for YakYak in your system from the link. Download the highlighted deb package by clicking on it.

A dialog box will appear. Click on Save File option then press the OK button.

Once the deb package is saved, you need to access the Downloads directory. Type this command in the terminal window:

$ cd Downloads

Then list all of the downloaded files in the system. For this, use the command mentioned below:

$ ls

The deb package will be listed below as shown in the figure below:

Step 2: Installation of the deb package

Now, you have to install YakYak using the command given below:

The system will ask for the password of the user, provide it, and then press the enter key to proceed.

The installation process will then be finished soon.

Accessing the application

Once the application is installed in your system, go to the Applications and type YakYak, the application can now be seen in the available options.

Double click on it. The Google Account will ask for the credentials. If you already have an account, then proceed by providing the user credentials, otherwise, you need to create an account.

Uninstalling Google Hangouts/YakYak

To uninstall YakYak from the system, type the following command in the terminal window:

$ sudo apt remove yakyak

As soon as you press the enter key, the system will ask for the password of the logged in user.

This way, users can smoothly uninstall the application from their system based on their necessity.


In this tutorial, we went through the method of installation of Google Hangouts on the Ubuntu 20.04 system. Users can use YakYak to install the Google Hangouts application on their Linux systems. The tutorial discussed two methods of installation of YakYak and then walked users through the uninstallation process.

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