How to install ICQ New Messenger on Ubuntu 20.04

ICQ New is a cross-platform instant messaging and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) client. ICQ is a messaging app for those who are always online. One of the most popular instant messaging applications with support for Voice and Video calls for enhanced communication possibilities.

One of the first things that needs to be mentioned is that the application is targeted at nearly all mobile devices (Android and iOS) as well as computers, allowing you to stay connected virtually anywhere you are. As I have already mentioned it’s an cross platform application available for Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Linux.

In case you don’t already have an ICQ account, you can still use the application to get in touch with your friends and family from most popular social media networks such as Facebook, Yahoo or Google Mail(Gmail).

Additionally, you can set up these accounts so you easily connect to one of them without having to enter your credentials each time.

Private chats are a discusison between two users. When logging into an account, the chat can be accessed from any device. All credit goes to cloud synchronization.

A user can delete a sent message at any time either in their own chat or in their conversation partner’s, and a notification will be received instead indicating that the message has been deleted. Any important messages from group or private chats, as well as an unlimited number and size of media content, can be sent to the conversation with oneself.

Basically, this chat acts as a free cloud storage. ICQ is one of those applications that define instant messaging. The fully customizable interface makes it suitable for any environment.

Key Features of ICQ New

  • Cross platform application available for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux. Even available for Android and iOS.
  • You can convert audio messages to text
  • Use a suggested reply or a sticker based on conversation theme
  • Messenger analyzes the text and suggests the quickest way to reply with text or a sticker
  • Create a video calls by link(up to 50 participants)
  • Set a cool status so everyone knows how you are spending your time
  • Send audio with one touch or walkie-talkie
  • Conversation history is synced across all devices(Computer, Web, Mobile)
  • Chat in Groups(Up to 25k members)
  • Send, Delete, or Edit Messages
  • Reply to multiple messages at once!
  • Share your username, without having to share your number
  • Send photos and videos without compression

This article explains two methods of installing ICQ New Messenger on Ubuntu 20.04. Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment.

Method 1: Installing ICQ New Messenger as a Snap Package

The easiest way to install ICQ New on Ubuntu 20.04 is by using the snap packaging system.

A snap package is a type of universal Linux package that you can enjoy irrespective of the distro. Its an self-contained software packages that include the binary all dependencies needed to run the application.

All you need is the snap service pre-configured, In the case of Ubuntu 20.04, it comes with snap pre-installed.

If snapd package is not already installed then you can install it by running following command.

$ sudo apt install snapd

Note: Snap packages can be installed from either the command-line or via the Ubuntu Software application.

This is actually the Snap version of the ICQ New Messenger. It can be used on any Linux distribution that has Snap support.

Open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and type the following command to install the ICQ New package.

$ sudo snap install icq-im

At this step, you have successfully installed ICQ New on Ubuntu 20.04 system.

If you are not comfortable with the command line, open Ubuntu Software, search for “ICQ” and install the application.

Type the following command to update ICQ New package.

$ sudo snap refresh --list

Starting ICQ New Messenger

In the Activities search bar type “ICQ” and click on the icon to launch the application.

ICQ New User Interface:

How to Uninstall ICQ New Messenger from Ubuntu 20.04

For some reason, If you want to uninstall ICQ New application, type the following command.

$ sudo snap remove icq-im


I hope that now you have a good understanding of How to install ICQ New Messenger on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa.

If anyone does have any questions about what we covered in this guide then feel free to ask in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer those.

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