Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Gmail's new chat feature doesn't work with https

A popular CustomizeGoogle feature is the ability to ensure that Gmail uses a secure connection by redirecting http://gmail.google.com/ to https://gmail.google.com/.

If you have enabled this option (CustomizeGoogle > Gmail > Secure) you might have noticed that the new Gmail chat feature will not work.

From the Gmail help center:

Make sure you're using http:// when you log in -- chat in Gmail doesn't work in https:// quite yet, but it will soon.


In other words: If you want to use the Gmail chat feature you need to uncheck the Secure Gmail option in CustomizeGoogle.

3 Comments:

Blogger Alex said...

Yes, but if you don't use CustomizeGoogle and you enter https://mail.google.com/mail/ to log in you can use the chat. I think the problem is the redirection.

3:37 PM  
Blogger CustomizeGoogle said...

Google _always_ use a secure login. It doesn't matter if you enter https://mail.google.com or http://mail.google.com.

But after being logged in, you will by default _not_ use a secure connection. That's the part that CustomizeGoogle solves.

And, as stated by Google, chat won't work with https. Yet.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

I am using not only secure login (that is default, as you said) but also secure connection (you know, I have the secure icon at the bottom right of my Firefox while I'm reading my mail). And I also chat, and when I click on the pop-out button I get the window out and the window title is "https://mail.google.com/mail - My friends name". That chat window also has the secure icon on it (you know, the closed lock).

I can send you an image if you want.

9:50 AM  

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