Alvin Poh

How To Disable GTalk (Google Talk) On Your Android Phone

I wanted to use both Windows Live and GTalk while on my Android phone, and I didn’t want the default GTalk app to run anymore, since there wasn’t much of a point running two apps for that when one would do.

It seemed like there were only 2 popular apps in the market for this – Fring, and Nimbuzz, both of which were free. After installing both, I decided to use Nimbuzz on my Android phone because it had a cleaner UI (Fring had a cutesy UI which was nice to look at, but harder to use, personally). I’m not sure too, but it also seemed quicker.

fring versus nimbuzz

The good thing about Nimbuzz (and Fring), is that it supports notification ringtones for incoming chat messages, so I actually have 4 different ringtones: phone calls, emails, SMS, and IM chat messages.

After a few hours with Nimbuzz though, I noticed a problem. Google Talk was still running, and any incoming GTalk messages would appear in both Nimbuzz and GTalk. That was weird though, because I used the Task Manager app and Google Talk didn’t appear in the list of running services. Advanced Task Killer didn’t show Google Talk as well, so it left me perplexed. Finally, after poking around the GTalk application, I found that if you go into Settings in the Menu, you can un-check the “Automatically sign in” option. Now go back to the menu and hit “Sign out”.

Now GTalk won’t run in the background!

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