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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fix Pidgin's Google IM "Lost Connection with server" error

(Please note this fix was some time ago with an older version of Pidgin, and older versions of Gtalk. Particularly the address '' doesn't always work.)

Recently I encountered an old error in Pidgin, and here is my solution to it. While visiting a network at a local college, my Google IM account throws this error in Pidgin:
Lost connection with server: Connection reset by peer
Here is how to fix this.
  1. From within the main Pidgin window, select the menu "Accounts"-> "Manage Acconts"
  2. Select the Google IM account in question. Click the "Modify..." button.
  3. Check the option: Force old (port 5223) SSL
  4. Uncheck the option: Allow plaintext auth over unencrypted streams
  5. Set Connect Port: 443
  6. Set Connect Server:
  7. Click the "Save" button and re-connect with your account.
Trouble Shooting
If you get a message asking you to accept a certificate, you have probably forgot to add the Connect Server address.


  1. This works great. Thanks for this very helpful tip.

  2. no i have still same problem

  3. Augst 2013 bump - The "Check the option: Force old (port 5223) SSL" Isn't there, still having the problem. Thoughts?