iMessage keeps asking for password; won't sync

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by gdkid2010, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. gdkid2010 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    The Messages Beta on Lion was great and worked perfectly but ever since switching to Mountain Lion and using the *official* release, I have had nothing but problems.

    Two issues:
    1) keeps asking me for my iCloud password. I enter it and nothing happens.

    2) It won't stay in sync with my iPhone and iPad (yes, I'm using my email address for the iMessages on all devices). It eventually syncs after a while or when I enter my password when it prompts (syncs this way very rarely).

    Anyone having the same issue(s)? I've Googled and tried different things people have posted on the Apple Support site but nothing has worked (from what I've seen).
  2. Ledgem macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    I had this problem. I also used Messages beta on Lion, and had no problems with it (aside from the lack of synchronization when people messaged me at my phone number).

    Eventually, after entering my password enough it stopped prompting me for it (but didn't activate iMessage). When I tried to activate it, it once again asked for my password, and then accepted it. Everything seemed to be fine: all of my old conversations were there and visible. However, after quitting Messages and reopening it, my conversations were either blank or formatted very strangely. Restarting the program didn't fix it. I deleted all of the old conversations. Now it seems to be working, and when I get a message from someone I conversed with previously, the message history returns - although the history contains a number of repeated lines from my text (sometimes as many as five repeats), but it seems to be random.

    I guess Apple is still working things out. I expect most of the issues to be cleared up around the time that iOS 6 is release this autumn.
  3. gdkid2010 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
  4. bollyboy macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2010
    Manchester - UK
    Same here, Beta iMessage was fine but after updating to ML it keeps saying password is incorrect when i know it's fine.

    Weird :(
  5. gdkid2010 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    Got this annoying thing figured out... finally.

    What I did:
    1) Log out of Apple ID with iMessage on iPhone
    2) Turn off iMessage
    3) Turn iMessage back on but don't log in with Apple ID - let it activate with just your phone number
    4) Log back in with Apple ID in iMessage and it works!
  6. dustinschadt macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    Fixed it!

    +1 for gdkid2010 answer. Worked for me.
  7. kevinandinger macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2013

    I keep trying to access my messages but get a box saying "password missing Enter the password for the account "yahoo." I've no idea what account "yahoo" is, let alone the password for it. The passwords I use on my apple and Orange accounts don't work, nor does my password for my e-mail account at

  8. jtm77 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011
    I had a bunch of problems with iMessage on 10.8 (didn't use it in Lion). Called Apple support etc., to no avail. In the end it was simply I didn't have iMessage set up on my phone to use anything other than my number. After I associated the appropriate email address's it worked perfectly.
  9. echorukia macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2013
    imessage down

    Well, it's happening again to me too. No idea why I can't get it back up. Is apple saying anything?
  10. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816


    Dec 15, 2010
    Tried this and it did not work.
  11. urepidermisisshowing macrumors newbie


    Mar 14, 2016
    Thanks. This worked for me

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