How to Install Google Hangouts on Ubuntu 22.04

Google Hangouts is a digital communication application launched by Google. This application allows its users to send messages, share media, hold audio or video chats, search for contacts, etc. For Ubuntu systems Google does not provide a direct client for Google Hangouts; therefore, to utilize the features of this application, we have to use a 3rd party app. This app is called YakYak, an unofficial client of Google Hangouts.

This blog teaches you how to install YakYak on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

How to install Google Hangouts on Ubuntu 22.04

To install YakYak, either utilize the Snap package or the Debian package. Here we have elaborated on both methods in-depth.

Method 1: Using Snap Package

In this method, we will discuss how you can use the Snap package to install YakYak.

Step 1: Update System
Before we begin the installation procedure, press “CTRL+ALT+T” to open up the terminal, then use the given command to update your system packages:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Press “Y” to continue:

Within a few minutes, all of the system packages will get updated.

Step 2: Install Snap
If you do not have Snap installed on your system, run this command to install the Snap package:

$ sudo snap install snapd


The Snap package is already present on our system.

Now to validate that Snap is working, install Snap core:

$ sudo snap install core


Once the core is installed, restart Snap:

$ sudo systemctl restart snapd

Now, move to the next instruction.

Step 3: Install Yakyak

Finally install YakYak on Ubuntu 22.04 by running this command:

$ sudo snap install yakyak


The app has been installed.

Method 2: Using Deb Package

The following steps are involved in the method of installing YakYak using the deb package.

Step 1: Download Deb Package
For the first step, visit this page to download the latest YakYak Deb package as indicated in the screenshot:

Step 2: System Update
After downloading the YakYak package, update your system:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade


Press “Y” to continue:

Step 3: Install Yakyak
Now, use the Debian package to install YakYak with the help of provided command:

$ sudo apt install ./yakyak-

How to launch Hangouts on Ubuntu 22.04

After successfully installing YakYak, the unofficial client of Google Hangout, launch it by executing the following command:

$ ./yakyak

Or you can search for it in the “Activities” menu and open it from there:

Next, sign in to your Google account and enjoy using Google Hangouts!

We have provided the essential information related to the installation of Google Hangouts on Ubuntu 22.04.


Google does not provide a direct client for Hangouts, therefore, to use this app, you have to install YakYak which is an unofficial client for Hangouts. This can be installed either using the Debian or the Snap package. Make sure to install the package before beginning to install YakYak. This blog discussed the procedure to install YakYak (unofficial Google Hangouts client) on Ubuntu 22.04 using Deb and Snap packages.

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Sharqa Hameed

I am a Linux enthusiast, I love to read Every Linux blog on the internet. I hold masters degree in computer science and am passionate about learning and teaching.