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 since its "connected" and "disconnected" menubar icons are nearly identical.

Sometimes this happens multiple times in a short time-span (sometimes even right after the other), other times it might just happen occasionally. But in general it's pretty frequent. It has happened during chats as well.

My internet connection throughout these disconnects is pretty stable: everything else seems to be working well, and the connection is wired.

I've looked at this related question - iChat periodically disconnects - but the situation described is a bit different, as I don't get any notice about "disconnecting", it just silently becomes offline. In addition, the proposed work-around in that question - using Chax - does not work for Lion.

Is there any way to solve this, or do I have to find an alternative IM client?

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Adium can be good alternative. Lifehacker calls it best IM client for Mac:

iChat is buggy, I had same problem and other problems too.


I use iChatAV quite a bit and the AIM network seems to go or at least hiccup quite often lately.

Also, there's a difference between running iChatAV, then choosing "available" in it's menu and not running the application but choosing "available" from its menu (which can be done). The application itself seems less stable when you choose available without running it first.

  • is iChatAV different from iChat? Not really sure I understand the distinction you're trying to make after than either.
    – drewish
    Feb 22, 2012 at 1:12
  • All of the later versions of iChat that have sound and video are "AV." One can choose "available" from the iChat menu without running the application and it sometimes works but sometimes one needs to actually run the application to make one's self visible to others.
    – Richard
    Mar 6, 2012 at 3:38

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