9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 18, 2013 11:59 AM by Ralph Johns (UK)
ilfsdsuic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro OS X, 10.8.1. When I try to install imessage it says that I need 10.7. What do I have to do to get imessage installed?


Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • 1. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    hpr3 Level 5 Level 5 (5,710 points)

    It is called Messages and is in your Applications folder.

  • 2. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    ilfsdsuic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. When I go into message it's asking for a AIM ID and Password - I don't have one. I am looking to sync message up with my iPhone and iPad. How do I sync them up?

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    cbs20 Level 4 Level 4 (2,750 points)

    Set up your Apple ID. Open Messages and go to Preferences and add your Apple ID to the Accounts list.

  • 4. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)

    It sounds like you already have iMessages setup. Did you sign into iCloud from system preferences and did you also add your iCloud account to Mail?

     

    They should, just sign you into iMessages when you load Messages.app.

     

    If you are only being asked to put in your AIM id (which it is really asking for your APPLE ID) then it means that you are already signed into iMessages (hopefully)

     

    To check this, go to Messages>Preferences>accounts and choose iMessages. Make sure that it says it is enabled.

     

    Now close out of the preferences, and then hit cmd 0, to bring up the Chat Box.

     

    The Chat box lets you use iMessages begin a conversation with a friend in your contacts.

     

    simply type their name into the TO field at the top of the chat box and find a contact with "IMessages" next to their name. Hover over that contact, and if a blue Talk Bubble comes up next to the name, that account is ready to receive iMessages.

     

    Click the account and begin a conversation.

     

    If you have setup everything correctly with your Apple ID on your iDevices as well as in Messages on OSX, you should be able to have a synced conversation with all of them.

     

    Please note, if you were using your Apple ID with iChat before ML, then you most certainly have an AIM account and you were using it in the past. If you want a buddy list, then you should follow the prompt to sign in with your AIM account, but treat it like it is asking you for an Apple ID. Sign in with your apple id to the aim account it asks you to sign into and then you'll have your old iChat buddy list back.

     

    iMessages does not have a buddy list associated with it. you need to organize your Contacts with their user information and then you need to use the To field in the chat box to communicate and find people with iMessages. Only gtalk, jabber, aim, bonjour, yahoo have the ability to show you a buddy list. iMessages buddy list is Contacts.app

     

    if iMessages is not enabled, you can enable it by clicking on the iMessages account in Messages>preferences>accounts and then signing in with the same apple id you have tied to your iOS devices.

     

    I hope this helps.

  • 5. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    ilfsdsuic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you. This was very helpful.

  • 6. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    lu007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I mistakenly zapped my Message app.  How can I download another DMG?  Or do I need to reinstall my OSX?

  • 7. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,495 points)

    Hi,

     

    When the OS came with OS Install DVDs it was possible to install or reinstall iChat on it's own.

    This is not possible in Lion and Mountain Lion and you have to use the Restore Process and basically reinstall the whole OS.

     

     

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    9:21 PM      Sunday; February 17, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • 8. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    lu007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Ralph.  I reinstalled OSX and like you said, Messages was there.  However, since the reinstallment had erased all of my other doc files, I did a receovery and then the Messages was gone again.

  • 9. Re: I would like to download iMessage for my mac book pro.
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,495 points)

    Hi,

     

    A restore of the OS should not touch any of the User Folders unless you erased first.

     

    Using Time Machine to "Restore" the Users Folders  (the stuff in Documents, Pictures, Movies and Music etc) should not touch the apps.

     

    If you could explain the exact steps you took we may be able to help.

     

     

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    7:59 PM      Monday; February 18, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously