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Hieu Tran updated August 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM


Questions Addressed

  • How do I setup instant messaging on my computer to do chat, file transfer and screen sharing?


This wiki provides instructions on how to set accounts in iChat (Mac OS 10.4-10.7) and Messages (Mac OS 10.8+). For instructions for Adium, click here.

Set Up Chat Accounts in iChat/Messages:


1. UCSD Jabber

2. AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)

3. Google Talk

4. iMessage (Only for Mac OS 10.8+)

How to Add Buddies

UCSD Jabber

UCSD offers a Jabber Instant Messaging Service at chat.ucsd.edu. Jabber is an open-source chat protocol. This service allows UCSD users to easily transfer files and quickly send snippets of text without having to sign up for a separate service like .Mac and AIM. For example, if someone needs to send a file to another person at IGPP, they can send it quickly without having to use dropbox or email. And if quick, concise discussion is necessary, instant messages are a much more efficient mode of communication than email.

Anybody with an Active Directory (AD) login can setup a UCSD Jabber account.


UCSD Jabber Account Setup

1. Open Up iChat/Messages.
2. Go to iChat/Messages > Preferences > Accounts.
3. Press "+" to add an account.
4. Choose Jabber for Account Type and enter in your AD username (ex. johndoe@chat.ucsd.edu) and password.

AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)

If you do not have an AIM account, you can sign up here.

1. Open Up iChat/Messages.
2. Go to iChat/Messages > Preferences > Accounts.
3. Press "+" to add an account.
4. Choose AIM for Account Type and enter in your AIM username and password.
5. Click Done.


Google Talk

Note: You must use a GMail account to enable Google Talk.
If you do not have a GMail account, you can Request to Add User. Check the "SIO Google Domain" option to be enrolled in a Google Account.

1. Open Up iChat/Messages.
2. Go to iChat/Messages > Preferences > Accounts.
3. Press "+" to add an account.
4. Choose Google Talk for Account Type and enter in your GMail account and password.
5. Click Done.

iMessage (Only for Mac OS 10.8+)

Note: You must use an Apple ID to activiate iMessages.
If you do not have an Apple ID, click here.

1. Open Messages.
2. Go to Messages > Preferences > Accounts.
3. Choose iMessages on the sidebar and enter in your Apple ID account and password.
5. Click Sign In.

Adding Chat Buddies

Note: For UCSD Jabber, entering an AD username (ex. janedoe@chat.ucsd.edu) will send a request to add. Your buddy must approve your request before conversations can be initiated.


If you need further assistance, please contact IGPP Net Ops.




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