How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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Getting Started on Messages

How to Create a Messages for Mac Account
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After installing your Messages for Mac download and opening the instant messenger software for the first time, you will find prompts to create your own Messages account. With a Messages account, other users can send you unlimited instant messages, photos, videos, documents and contacts right from the Mac, or using iMessages on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

To start creating your new account, click the glass blue "Continue" button in the bottom right corner of the window, as illustrated above.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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How to Sign In to Messages for Mac

Create a Messages Account
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To set up your Messages for Mac instant messaging client and start using the software, you must sign in with your Apple ID and password. In the fields provided, enter your account email address and password, and click the glass blue "Continue" button. If you have cannot recall your password, click the silver "Forgot Password?" button and follow the prompts.

How to Create a Messages for Mac Account
If you do not have an Apple ID, which is one of the accounts you can use to access Messages for Mac, click the silver "Create an Apple ID..." button to make one now.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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How to Create a New Messages Account

Create a Messages for Mac Account
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To create an Apple ID for your Messages for Mac client software, fill out the account form, as illustrated above. Fill out the necessary information in the text fields provided, including:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email
  • Password
  • Password verification
  • Secret question
  • Secret question answer
  • Birthdate month and year
  • Country

Once complete, click the silver "Create Apple ID" button to continue. A dialogue box will appear prompting you to check your email for a verification email. Login to your email account and click the link in the email to finish creating your new Messages account.

Click the glass blue "OK" button to exit the dialogue box.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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How to Add IM Accounts to Messages for Mac

How to Add IM Accounts to Messages for Mac
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Once you have signed in to Messages for Mac, you can also add all your favorite instant messaging accounts so you may receive IMs from friends on AIM, Google Talk, Jabber clients and Yahoo Messenger. But, before you can do this, you must access your preferences panel by following these simple steps:

  1. Click the "Messages" menu.
  2. Find "Preferences" in the drop-down menu, as illustrated above.
  3. Choose "Preferences" to open the menu window on your desktop.

Once the Preferences window has opened, click the "Accounts" tab. You will notice in the "Accounts" field, your Messages for Mac/Apple ID appear in your list, along with Bonjour. Locate the + button in the lower left corner underneath the "Accounts" field to start adding additional accounts to Messages for Mac.

Messages for Mac allows you to access multiple accounts from AIM, Gtalk, Jabber clients and Yahoo Messenger from your buddy list.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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How to Add AIM to Messages

How to Add AIM to Messages for Mac
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Once you've clicked the + button from your Messages for Mac accounts window in Preferences, you are able to add AIM and other instant messaging accounts to the program. Click the drop-down menu and select "AIM," then enter your screen name and password in the fields provided. Click the glass blue "Done" button to continue.

If you have multiple AIM accounts to add, repeat the instructions above until all your accounts have been added. Messages for Mac can support multiple AIM accounts at one time.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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How to Add Google Talk to Messages

How to Add Gtalk to Messages for Mac
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Once you've clicked the + button from your Messages for Mac accounts window in Preferences, you are able to add Google Talk and other instant messaging accounts to the program. Click the drop-down menu and select "Google Talk," then enter your screen name and password in the fields provided. Click the glass blue "Done" button to continue.

If you have multiple Google Talk accounts to add, repeat the instructions above until all your accounts have been added. Messages for Mac can support multiple Gtalk accounts at one time.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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How to Add Jabber to Messages

How to Add Jabber Accounts on Messages for Mac
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Once you've clicked the + button from your Messages for Mac accounts window in Preferences, you are able to add Jabber and other instant messaging accounts to the program. Click the drop-down menu and select "Jabber," then enter your screen name and password in the fields provided. You can also click the "Server Options" menu to define your server and port, SSL settings, and enable Kerberos v5 for authentication. Click the glass blue "Done" button to continue.

If you have multiple Jabber accounts to add, repeat the instructions above until all your accounts have been added. Messages for Mac can support multiple Jabber accounts at one time.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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How to Add Yahoo Messenger to Messages for Mac

How to Add Yahoo Messenger to Messages
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Once you've clicked the + button from your Messages for Mac accounts window in Preferences, you are able to add Yahoo Messenger and other instant messaging accounts to the program. Click the drop-down menu and select "Yahoo Messenger," then enter your screen name and password in the fields provided. Click the glass blue "Done" button to continue.

If you have multiple Yahoo Messenger accounts to add, repeat the instructions above until all your accounts have been added. Messages for Mac can support multiple Yahoo accounts at one time.

How to Add Accounts to Messages for Mac

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