Google Hangouts is a communication app that is developed by Google. Using this application, you can send instant text messages, share files like pictures/videos, find contacts, and hold audio/video calls. You can also make phone calls on cellphones but, it may require some additional charges or you need to buy monthly plans.

In this article, we will show you 3 different ways to install the YakYak Google Hangouts client on Ubuntu 20.04.

Installation of Google Hangouts on Ubuntu 20.04

Google doesn’t provide a Hangouts client for the Linux desktop. That’s why we need to install it using a third-party app.  Here, we will demonstrate how to install YakYak. This is an open-source client for Hangouts. There are different ways to install YakYak on Ubuntu 20.04 system. YakYak deb package is officially available for Ubuntu/Debian and derivatives. It can also install using the snap package from the Snapcraft store. It is also possible to download it manually and execute YakYak without doing any installation. Let’s discuss all ways one by one in the following sections.

Method 1: Download and install the YakYak deb package

Grab the latest YakYak deb package from the GitHub using the given URL  https://github.com/yakyak/yakyak/releases/tag/v1.5.9

Download the following highlighted deb package from the displaying page.

Download YakYak Debian package

The dialogue will appear on the desktop. Choose ‘Save File’ options and click on OK.

Save file

You can see the download status by clicking on the downloads icon which is also marked with red in the following image:

Once the download is complete, navigate into the ‘Downloads’ folder. Launch the Terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+t keys and you can also open it through the application search bar. Run the following commands to move into the ‘Downloads’ directory:

$ cd Downloads
$ ls

YakYak downloaded successfully

Now, install the downloaded deb package using the apt by executing the following commands:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install ./yakyak-1.5.9-linux-amd64.deb

Install YakYak with apt

Method 2: Install Yakyak using Snap package

Snap Linux packages can be installed on any type of Linux distro. But first, make sure the snap package manager is configured on your Linux system. In Ubuntu 20.04, snap is pre-installed on it. If due to any reason it is not available then using the following command you can install the snap package manager on your Ubuntu system:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt install snapd

Once the snappy is configured on your system, install the ‘core’ for the snap, and then restart the snapd services using the below mentioned commands:

$ sudo snap install core
$ sudo systemctl restart snapd

Install YakYak via snap

Now, install the YakYak by executing the following command on the Terminal:

$ sudo snap install yakyak

snap install yakyak

To remove or uninstall the yakyak application from your system execute the following command on the Terminal:

$ sudo snap remove yakyak

remove yakyak snap

Method 3: Manually run YakYak

This is not a recommended method for Yakyak installation. When a new version is released, you need to repeat all the steps again manually. For this method, download the compressed yakyak package from the GitHub https://github.com/yakyak/yakyak/releases/tag/v1.5.9

Download YakYak as tar.gz file

Extract the downloaded package on your system by running the following command:

$ tar -xvf yakyak-1.5.9-linux-x64.tar.gz

Unpack the yakyak archive

Make the Yakyak executable by using the following command:

$ chmod +x yakyak

Make the file executable

Now, launch the YakYak using the below-mentioned command:

$ ./yakyak

How to use YakYak

Launch the application from the search menu bar as follows:

YakYak Icon

Click on the application and you will see the following window. You need to enter the google account and password. Login with your account.

YakYak Google account login

Once you have logged in, you can enjoy the YakYak application features now.

You can also remove this application from your system. To do this, run the following command on the terminal:

$ sudo apt remove yakyak

Remove YakYak

Conclusion

In this article, we demonstrated how to install Yakyak using all possible ways on Ubuntu 20.04 system. If you are daily using hangouts then, Yakyak is the best communication tool that you have. Must try this app on your system. I hope now you don’t have any doubts about the YakYak installation.

How to Install YakYak Google Hangouts Client on Ubuntu 20.04
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.