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 First introduced in 2002, it has now been replaced by Messages.

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Inconsistent Views of Group Chat in Messages

In a group chat using Messages we noticed this morning that something odd is happening with the chat history. The group was very active yesterday, looking at the chat this morning we noticed: On four ...
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Use Gmail account with iChat?

I have used my gmail account with iChat 4.0.8 (Leopard) about 6 months ago. Since then, I've re-installed OSX Leopard, but I can't get iChat working. Whenever I try to log in I get an error. My ...
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Get group chat membership from `chat.db`

I'm able to able to natively access my iMessages through chat.db. and associated contacts through the databases in ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Sources - is there any similar database for ...
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Can I un-corrupt Mac Messages chat database that no longer saves new chats?

I am running 10.12.6. My computer was almost out of available space (a few gigabytes left) and then got unplugged and died. When it turned back on, it booted from safe sleep mode and then got ...
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"Appears to be corrupted" error when opening old iChat logs in Messages

When I try to open old iChat logs (circa 2005) with Messages on Catalina, I get the following error message: The chat transcript “file name” could not be opened. This file appears to be corrupted and ...
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Videos in Messages chats look terrible on iPhone 11 Pro

I seem to be having an issue with my iPhone 11 Pro. Videos sent from my Mac to iMessage chats look like garbage (tiny, really low-rezzed down, pixellated when viewed) on my phone. Videos sent from my ...
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Prune Apple Messages Chat

My Apple Messages has way, way too many people in it. I'd like to remove the chat sessions that have been dead for more than 6 months. It seems that I should be able to do this by deleting records ...
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What technology/protocol is used in iMessage app to show that user at other end is typing? [closed]

In, iMessage when other party types, we see three dots on our end. How is this implemented? 1a) Is this also implemented using Apple Push Notification Service ? I see same option in few other web ...
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Export long iPhone message conversation via command line to PDF or HTML?

I'm looking to use the command line (Terminal or iTerm2) to export a long conversation to PDF or HTML in monthly chunks. I want to be able to do this regularly so I can make a regular backup and maybe ...
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Archived Apple Messages - How to print or reactivate

Is there a way to print or reactivate text messages that have been archived? I can view the archived messages just fine in the ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.iChat/Data/Library/Messages directory.
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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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How to disable smart quotes

[OS X 10.9.3 (Mavericks)] I've disabled smart quotes in the keyboard settings, but whenever I type ' or " in Messages (old name: iChat), they get converted to ‘ and “. How do I disable this default ...
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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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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] [Always ...
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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 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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How to "merge" my Messages transcripts in OSX?

EDIT: Perhaps a better way to say all of the below, is this: Is there a way to restore my Message (iChat) history onto my iMac, from my iCloud backup? All of my iDevices have the complete chat ...
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Messages shows wrong informations in the recent chats list

For some contacts the preview in the recent chats list shows wrong informations. When I click on the preview, I get a totally different chat in the detail view. Running Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Any ...
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iChat showing contacts from people I've emailed once

In my iChat (now Messages?) buddy list I have a lot of buddies that are not buddies but people I've emailed once. It used to not do this. Is there a way to go back to that previous list?
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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 can I convert .ichat logs to text files?

How do you convert the iChat transcript files that Messages creates into human-readable text files that can be opened without the Messages app? For reference, these are the conversation files located ...
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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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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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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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Messages.app asks for iChat every time I open it

Every time I open up Messages, it asks me to locate iChat. This is on a new machine that I migrated from an old one on Lion and then upgraded to Mt. Lion. I don't have iChat on this machine any more, ...
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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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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 ...
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How to leave or silence a group ichat? [duplicate]

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 set iChat status from the command line?

I'm trying to sync my Last.FM last played track with my iChat status... right from the command line. I've come this far: curl -s http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/1.0/user/Da3X/recenttracks.rss | grep ...
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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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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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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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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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Back up iChat logs to Gmail?

Is it possible to automatically back up iChats to Gmail? There used to be a program called Chatalog but it's discontinued now. Some details about Chatalog: Chatalog is a powerful app for seamlessly ...
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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 I am aware you can run applescripts for messages events, however I don't know how to check if it was that ...
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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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How do I get a high-quality version of my account iChat icon?

I'm looking for the file that corresponds to my account photo (this is also my iChat icon).
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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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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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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 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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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 use/...
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How to fix problems with different keyboard layouts in iChat screen sharing?

My Mac has a QWERTY keyboard. When someone with a Mac with an AZERTY keyboard shared their screen with me in iChat, I had to pretend I was typing on an AZERTY keyboard to make any text I was typing ...
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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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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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Adding gmail contacts in ichat for me.com account

I have a @me.com account and I created an Ichat account using it. I am trying to add my gmail contacts from the address book/ adding just the gmail addresses. Noone seems to get my invitations. Why so?...
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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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Configuring yahoo messenger on iChat

Is it possible to configure Yahoo Messenger on iChat? There are options in iChat to configure Google talk, yahoo messenger, AOL etc. So far I know it is possible to configure Google talk. But I did ...
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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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