I’ve been waiting for Google Hangouts / GChat to come out with a stand alone desktop app for Mac OS X for too long.
Today, I realized I already had the power to create one, and so can you.
Here’s the steps (mac only) …
- Go download and install Fluid
- Start it up
- Type in “https://plus.google.com/hangouts” for the URL and whatever you want for the Application Name
- Yay, you’ve created a Google Hangout stand alone desktop app for your mac
- Open it up from your Applications list/folder, as you would a normal Mac application
- Here’s the first look of your shiny new app. As you can see, it just opens the URL. But wait, here’s the special part ….
- Click the quote icon in the upper right corner and your GChat conversation list appears.
- Click on the “pop out” arrow on that window and it’ll open a new tab for the conversation.
- Ta da! Here’s your conversation, in full screen, in it’s own app.
Any other tips, comments, or love? Leave ’em in the comments. Thanks!
Update for Yosemite OS X!: Thanks to some comments below, there’s a fix for those of us on Yosemite.
Change the User Agent from “Default” to “Safari 7″. Here’s a screenshot.
- Thanks to @Brooks and the few others who shared something similar.
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