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How do I change my name that shows up on buddy's AIM?

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Jul 12, 2012 12:26 AM

I use iChat and signed up in iChat with my address.  My buddy uses AIM.  How do I change my name that shows up on their AIM client?  Thanks!!

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,880 points)



    The only bit that passes between you and your Buddy is your Screen Name.


    However AIM does allow for a "Display Name" to be seen instead.

    There are issues with this as it does not work for names issued by the iCloud registration process.


    iCloud changes the way that the AIM servers can "See" the password for your name

    iChat or Messages beta also logs on to and this allows the AIM servers the access they need to use the password.


    It means an iCloud issues name will not work in iChat 5 or earlier and your cannot make use of the AIM Settings page


    If your Apple ID is older and from the MobileMe time then login on this page.

    Go to Manage Your Account.  Chose to Edit your Display name.





    For your Buddies you can add their Screen Name to your Buddy List. iChat allows you to Add the First Name and Last Name details and this creates an entry in your Address Book

    They will then appear in the Buddy List as those First name, Last name.

    Alternatively you can add their Screen Name to their Existing Address Book "Card" and then drag it to iChat.


    Your Buddy may be able to do the same with the App they are using and their Address Book


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