iChat is Apple's instant messaging application. First introduced in 2002, it has now been replaced by Messages.

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Can I reset Notification Centre badge counter for Messages?

The new Messages beta app (based on iChat) is stuck with one incoming message. Can I somehow reset the badge?
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Why might iChat not connect after upgrading to Lion?

Since upgrading to Lion, iChat refuses to connect to either my AIM or Google Talk accounts. (Not a Google Apps account, fwiw.) Interestingly, if I sign in to AIM on another computer and try to get ...
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How to save chat logs in Messages for Mountain Lion?

I always used to save my Chat logs because I use IM in the professional environment. Now I find that I can’t save chat logs anymore. That option is gone. Is there any workaround or hidden preference ...
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What will happen to iChat in Lion once Messages beta expired?

Messages will replace iChat on OS X Lion when installed but it will expire at some point in the future. What will happen to my Lion's iChat application when Messages expire? Will I be able to ...
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Is there an iMessage client for OS X?

Apple's new iMessage sends messages between accounts associated designated e-mail addresses (as well as certain phone numbers). Apple's iChat also sends messages between accounts associated designated ...
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Can I use iChat with MSN through its new XMPP/Jabber compatibility?

The Windows Team blog announced XMPP compatibility with their MSN/Live IM network recently. Have anyone tried to get iChat to work with MSN yet? (I'm not looking for Jabber transports)
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Is is possible to go invisible in iChat?

I want to be able to go invisible in iChat, like I can via Gmail. How can I do this?
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iChat call forces in-call status bar in iOS simulator [closed]

Is there a way I can disassociate the iOS Simulator from my iChat calls, currently I am working on my app and I am using iChat for a video call and the in-call status bar comes and I can't toggle it ...
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Can I uninstall the Messages Beta?

I'm thinking about trying the Messages Beta on OS X Lion. I'm wondering if I will be able to uninstall it if I don't want to use it anymore. If so, will I be able to use iChat again?
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How can I use an audio device's other channel for input to iChat and Skype?

I have an external microphone setup that I like to use for audio and video chats. My audio interface has four input channels, and my primary inputs to this interface happen to be its channels 3-4. ...
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iChat + facebook disconnection

Previously in SL I had chax to make sure iChat was always signed in. Now on Lion I constantly find that iChat is disconnected from Facebook chat (jabber). Does anyone have a clever idea to keep it ...
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How can I log in to ICQ using Messages?

It used to be possible to log in to ICQ accounts with iChat by using your ICQ login info as an AIM account. However, that functionality seems to have been removed - if memory serves, with the ...
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Does iChat block content in China?

It's relatively common knowledge that the Chinese government blocks certain content in China. Most of this won't affect Chinese users. But does iChat censor messages with said content in them? This ...
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How to disable iChat's popup “You are not connected to the internet”?

I am tired of seeing the "You are not connected to the internet" message from iChat every time after I open my macbook. I use iChat for screen sharing. Is it possible to disable the annoying popup or ...
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Why does iChat launch itself whenever I wake my monitors?

I'm using OS X Lion. Whenever I wake my monitors, the iChat screen below pops up: When I let my Mac idle, iChat was NOT open. I never use iChat and would really like this dialog to go away ...
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Unable to share screen over iChat

I've been trying to set up iChat screen sharing between an iBook G4 and my MacBook (both running the latest Leopard) for some time now without success. iChat has been configured on both computers with ...
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How to display Google App Contacts in a separate iChat list?

I have a few accounts in iChat: GMail AIM Google Apps (a custom domain) Both GMail and Google Apps put all my contacts in the 'Buddies' list. Can I rename my Gmail list to "GMail Contacts' or ...
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How do I change my iChat name?

Now I am using iChat, have set my nickname to be Ben Potter, yet for some reason I always show up as "Jennifer Potter"... do you know how to fix this?
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Support for Windows Live Messenger protocol in iChat

I Love iChat and its sleek UI and prefer it to Adium or Windows Live Messenger for Mac. iChat now has ".impreferencepane" which allows the addition of support for new networks. My question is: has ...
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Keyboard Shortcuts during iChat Screen Sharing

Switching Screens I was just on an iChat-initiated Screen Sharing session with a friend, and had a really rough time telling him to get off the mouse so I can click back to my computer in order to ...
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How to tell what time I sent a text?

Is there any way to find out when exactly an un-timestamped chat was sent? My friend Max swears I didn't promptly inform him of my whereabouts this past weekend. I remember the exchange differently. ...
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I want to run an applescript whenever a certain person signs onto my Messages buddy list

I want to run an applescript whenever a certain person signs onto my Messages buddy list Exactly. Thats exactly what I want. Pretty self explanatory. I am aware you can run applescripts for messages ...
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HD webcam for iChat

I've seen a couple of Mac compatible HD webcams for sale, but they often come with the caveat of falling back to VGA resolutions when used with any application not supported by the camera ...
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What can I use for multi-person, single conversation, instant messaging in a serverless local network?

We have a number of Mac's in a small, simple local network at the office (all running Snow Leopard or later) that I'd like to use for instant messaging with multiple participants. The trouble is, at ...
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I can't log into my iChat

After iChat is open, I click the menu named 'iChat', inside it says "log into pancake44@me.com" (which is my Apple ID). I've clicked on that item but nothing else prompts me for a password afterwards. ...
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Has iMessage changed anything about how texts are forwarded from iChat to offline users?

For some time it has been possible to configure iChat accounts so that iChat messages sent when one is offline are forwarded to a mobile number. This conveniently allows iChat-to-moble conversations. ...
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I've used my Sony PlayStation Eye with several desktop apps. Why doesn't iChat see it?

I have a Sony PlayStation Eye USB camera and microphone. I have successfully used it on my Mac Pro desktop with several video application (iShowU HD for example). However, although iChat will ...
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How to change my name in OSX?

I have entered my name with a typo when I first started my MacBook Pro. Now whenever I open iChat or whenever I send an E-Mail the typo is still there. Where do I change the name? I have change the ...
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Does iChat screen sharing over the internet work in OS X Lion?

If I upgrade to Lion, will I still be able to use iChat to take over my elderly father's Mac (we have MobileMe accounts) to help him with problems and software updates? I read in some forums that this ...
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What is the Bonjour option in iMessage for?

iMessage has a Bonjour option but there isn't any explanation on what this all is about. So what can I do with this?
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iChat 7.0, how can I see previous conversation

In iChat version on Snow leopard I could view all the previous chat messages of a user. But since the current version (iChat 7.0.1 Mountain Lion) I cannot see that chat History. All my previous ...
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iChat Download For OS X 10.6.8

I foolishly deleted iChat Application from my Mac with version of 10.6.8 for free disk space. Now am trying to download the .dmg file for the iChat app. Can anyone help me in this by sending any link ...
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How to get Messages to connect to Facebook chat?

I have the very same configuration for messages on two different Macs (home and work). At home I have no problem in connecting to the Facebook chat via the jabber protocol, while at work it simply ...
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Messages 7.0 lost ability to auto join chat rooms?

iChat had the ability to auto-join jabber chat rooms, but Messages 7.0 seems to have lost that functionality. Anyone know if there is a defaults write … command to either auto join specific chats, or ...
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Windows Live XMPP and iChat

I'm not all too familiar with the XMPP protocol, but ever since Microsoft released official XMPP support for Windows live Messenger, i've been wondering how to make it work with the "Jabber" account ...
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iChat keeps silently going offline

I've been using iChat, and it tends to switch itself into "offline" mode from time to time. It will make no notification of this, so I often only discover it after I miss some messages, especially ...
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iChat periodically disconnects

About twice a night, iChat will disconnect (though it'll still show me as connected). After about 10 minutes, it'll realize it's disconnected and bring up a dialog telling me it lost the connection. ...
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iMessage Pidgin plugin

Is it possible to use your iMessage to contact other people on Linux, Android or Windows systems? Maybe via another XMPP client (Adium or Pidgin ...)? What would I have to tell friends on Linux, ...
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Why do Apple bloggers use Skype or Google Hangouts instead of iChat for video podcasts?

I enjoy a few "talking heads" type of video podcasts by Apple bloggers. How come they don't use iChat? Doesn't iChat have group video conferencing or are there technical (as opposed to social) reasons ...
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Is there an equivalent in iChat to Adium's “Force old-style SSL”?

Trying to connect to company Jabber/XMPP with iChat, I get stuck at password entering screen. Connecting with the very same info in Adium, ticking "Force old-style SSL" setting it work flawlessly. ...
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Why does my firewall block connections even when it's off?

This most notably happens with iChat. I don't use a firewall, never have on this computer. When I first started using iChat (when Skype 5 came out and sucked hardcore) I couldn't video chat with ...
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iChat with Yahoo Messenger keeps prompting about the same buddy requests

I have iChat set up with the Yahoo Messenger protocol. Every time I log in, or suspend/resume my machine, it prompts me to respond to the same 3 Yahoo Messenger buddy requests. I always hit "decline", ...
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iChat: Very slow transfer speeds/Port Restricted

I have a 12mbps connection, so I know that my ichat transfers should be super fast. When I receive files from some people, my transfer rate is about 1k/sec, which is horrible. Why would this be ...
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Messages - Signs me out of facebook everytime laptop sleeps or screen turns off

After turning the laptop on and logging in (into my macbook air) I am prompted for a password for facebook. I am signed onto two different gchat accounts just fine but not facebook. Even after ...
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What happened to my iChat account?

Having recently upgraded my machine to Mountain Lion, I realized that there is no iChat app anymore and that everything ended up into the Messages app. I've been using a @mac.com account specifically ...
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How to leave or silence a group ichat?

I keep company with night owls. Also, I have an iPhone 4s. Oftentimes, my friends include me in group ichats that start at a reasonable hour, but continue into the middle of the night. Every time I ...
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How to do voice chat with iChat by configuring Google account

I have a Gmail account. I have configure it with my iChat. I can do normal chat, but I can not do voice chat with my other friends who have a Gmail account or are using Google Talk. So, how can I ...
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Messages Crashes on Mac Upon Startup

Opened messages and the crash reporter immediately opened stating that the program crashed. In the reporter it stated: Sandbox Creation Failed: You do not have permission to save the file ...
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Messages agent wants to use your confidential information stored in “<key>” in your keychain

After upgradering to Mavericks, I have been bombarded repeatedly with the following prompt: Messages agent wants to use your confidential information stored in “” in your keychain [Allow] ...
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How to create new message in iChat without sending, using Automator to grab selected text

I am trying to create a service that grabs the URL of some link, then create a blank iMessage with that URL in the body. Basically, I want to recreate that Message share feature in Safari in Mountain ...