Checking your AIM valid Password

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Last Modified: Apr 14, 2012 2:04 PM

How Can I Check My iChat Password ?


If you can not log on to the AIM server with iChat you may need to check your account name and password.


First Steps


Checking the name is right is as simple as going to the iChat Preferences in the iChat menu and from there to the Accounts section.

Accounts names from will need to be typed in full.

AIM account/screen names do not need the suffix (


At this point is is best to return to a web page to test the name and password work.  (You may have mistyped it)


Start with the AIM Settings Page and see if you can Login.

This will work with Apple names and Apple MobileMe issued name until June 2012 as well as AIM names.

iCloud Issued names will not work on this page.


One common cause for not being able to Login is that the registration page encourages longer passwords than will work with the AIM servers.

You will need to go to the iForgot site  and change the password.

You can use an Email method or do it On line in a Web Browser.  The second may be better if you no longer have access to the email you linked with the name.


If you think your AIM Password needs changing go to this page to check your AIM name.  This will cause you password to be emailed to you.


Next step

The Keychain holds all your Passwords.  You can not check they are correct without opening KeyChain Access.


You will probably need to look in KeyChain Access to reset the password.


Open Key Chain Access (In Applications/Utilities)

1a) Top left select the Login item

1b) Bottom left select Passwords.

2) On the right find the Screen Name

3) Click on it. The rest of the details will fill in (except the password)

4) Put a tick in the "Show Password" box near the bottom

5) A window opens asking for your ADMIN password.

6) Type your ADMIN password in.

7) Hit the "Allow Once"  Button.

7) The window should close and your password for your iChat account should appear in the last text field.

8) Correct as required.  (Check carefully your spelling)

9) Close/Quit KeyChain Access.

10) Try iChat again.


Hope this helps.



10:02 PM      Saturday; April 14, 2012

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