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How do I find my old ichat buddy list on the new iMessage?

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Jan 26, 2013 1:09 PM

I used to have a Macbook Pro and it was stolen. I just bought the new Macbook Pro 10.8.2. I read about how iMessage replaced iChat. How do I find my buddy list from iChat so I can have those buddies on iMessage? All I can see is the people I have texted, not the people I used to iChat with.

 

Thanks for your help!

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)

    Hi,

     

    By Default the Buddy lists are hidden (not Displayed) in Messages.

     

    First go to Messages Menu > Preferences > Accounts

    If the Set up of System Preference > Mail, Contacts and Calendars included your "old" iChat Accounts then these should be in the Account listings in Messages.

     

    If not you will have the iMessages Account and the Bonjour Account that may or may not be active.

     

    If your iChat accounts are not there you can add then in the "normal" iChat way of using the + button below the list.

    In the Add Account Pane the Apple options have been removed to create a  simpler "AIM" entry (you just need to add the Apple ID is full)

     

    Once you have the accounts in the list or Enable the Bonjour Account then the Window Menu gets an item called Buddies with the CMD +1 keystrokes.

    This is a combined list (even if you only have one account logged in).

     

    It can be split in to separate Buddy list by going to Messages menu > Preferences > General Section and Unticking the item about gathering all accounts into one list.

    This will separate the Buddy list giving each a separate CMD + # Keystroke.

     

    The Main Messages  Window/Chat Window/Interface can access the Buddies.

    New Message icon top left

    Blue + Icon top right that appears

    Choose Buddies (drop down)

    This tends not to be very clear as to which Buddy List the Buddies belong to.

     

     

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    10:26 PM      Saturday; January 26, 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

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)

    HI,

     

    That is either Buddy's that were Screen Names or IDs only in Buddy lists

     

    Or you have yet to create a Buddy list/Account.

     

    Buddy lists are held at the server end.

    iChat/Messages does the bit that links the Screen Names or IDs to the Contacts list and the Real Names.

    So if you have recreated Buddy lists then the Contacts bit will show those that had their iChat details in the Address Card as Real Names.  Those that did not have an Address Book entry will still show but as Screen Name or IDs only (AIM or Jabber)

     

     

     

    3Sigcopy2.png
    10:54 PM      Saturday; January 26, 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

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