Apple - Setup iCloud and Apple Messages

This tutorial will take you through the steps of setting up your iCloud account will Apple  Messages (formerly iChat). This tutorial assumes that you have already created your Apple ID. If you haven’t done this, click here for instructions.

Step 1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left of your screen (1). From the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences" (2).

Step 2. Click on iCloud (3).

Step 3. Check the box next to Mail (4).

Step 4. Select a username for your address (5).

Step 5. Click “Create” (6).

Step 6. You’ll see that it says “Setting up….” (7). Here your Mac is automatically adding your new email account to Apple Mail, your Macs built-in email application.

Step 7.  Click on the Messages icon (8) in your Dock to launch the application.

Step 8. Click on “Messages” (9) in the top menu bar and select “Preferences” (10) from the drop down menu.

Step 9. Click on “Accounts" (11).

Step 10. When you click “Accounts” for the first time you may get the pop-up window below.

A quick note on how Messages works: Messages has two functions
1.) iMessage: Direct SMS Texting for sending messages between other Apple products using an iMessage account. Apple uses your email address as your contact “number” instead of a phone number for iMessage. You can enable multiple email accounts as your contact “number” by clicking “add email” from within your iMessage account settings.

2.) Instant Messaging (IM): For use with AIM, Google Talk, Jabber, and Yahoo IM services. Using the IM option will require that you have an account with one of the above mentioned services. The account we just created ( doubles as an AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account. In the next steps we will add this account to Messages to enable instant messaging. You  will use this account to communicate with your instructors and fellow classmates.

Step 11. To add an account click the plus (+) button in the bottom left hand corner of the Messages Preference window (12).

Step 12. Enter account information

-Account Type = AIM
-Username =
-Password = your Apple ID password

Step 13. You can change the description of this list to be more personalized.

Step 14. You can change your status in the lower left hand corner of Messages by clicking on the existing status and selecting a new one from the drop down menu. You can also create a custom status by clicking on “Edit Status Menu….” (15).

Step 15. To view your Buddy List, click on “Window” in the Messages top menu bar and select “Buddies” from the drop down menu.

Step 16. To add a group, click the plus sign (+) in the bottom left hand corner of your buddy list and select “Add Group” (17) from the drop down menu.

Step 17. Enter the name your group (18).

Step 18. You will now see a horizontal divider with the title you selected (Image below). Contacts added to this group will be grouped under this divider for quick reference.

Step 19. To add a buddy, click the plus sign again but this time select “Add Buddy…” (19)

Step 20. Enter contact information

-You will need to enter the screen name exactly as it was provided
-Select the group that you would like to add your buddy to
-Enter the contacts first and last name.

Note: If you have added multiple IM accounts to Messages (you can add several and use them all in Messages simultaneously), you will have an additional option at the top of this window that allows you to choose which IM account you would like to add the buddy to.

Step 21. Online Buddies will appear under their respective groups with a colored light next to their name indicating their status (Green = Available; Yellow = Idle; Red = Away). Offline Buddies will appear in the Offline group at the bottom of the buddy list and their names will be greyed out.

Step 22. To chat simply double-click the name of the person you’d like to start chatting with—in your buddy list— and their name and avatar will appear in the left hand column of the Messages chat Interface. To send a message just type into the text bar at the bottom of the conversation and hit “Return” on your keyboard.

Alright! You are ready to start using Messages. For additional help using Messages trying the “Help” menu in the Messages menu bar.

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