Does anyone know how I can get (10.9) Messages and Facebook messages to play nice?

I have some security features enabled on Facebook that make it more difficult for someone to log into my account outside of my list of trusted devices/apps. Facebook has a password generating feature that requires you to either scan a QR code or type in their generated password and it seems to only work for mobile 3rd party apps, not 3rd party OS X apps.

I did try plugging in the generated code into messages in the account set up menu but no dice.

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You'll need to get an application specific password from Google.

  1. Fire up your web browser and go to Google.com
  2. Once there, sign in if you haven't already done so.
  3. Go to the section where your picture is, and click on the "Account" link.
  4. Once in that Account page, on the top there are links, click on the "Security" link. Here you will probably notice that the 2-Step authentication is enabled.
  5. Go to the App Password's "Settings" link. It will probably ask you to authenticate yourself, go ahead and do that.
  6. Now you should be on the "Authorized Access to your Google Account" page, and you should be able to generate a new password for "Messages on Mavericks. Go ahead and give it a name, I named mine "Mac Pro Messages Google Talk Account", and then I clicked "Generate".
  7. Once you have this password, go to "Messages" on your Mac, try to log in and copy/paste that password.

You should be all set.

  • This is for Google chat, not for Facebook.
    – Craig
    Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 5:11

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