Instant messaging?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 1, 2012
I just got my rMBP today and am busy setting it up. (I'm new to Apple.)

How do I send instant messages? Is there a built-in app? I see "Messages" in the dock, but I don't know what that is or how to use it. Is it for instant messaging?

If not, then how does one go about connecting to Gtalk etc?


Moderator emeritus
Sep 8, 2010
iMessage is built in and will work with GTalk, AIM, Jabber and Yahoo!. You can also get Adium which does all those and more. Adium is probably the most popular IM client for the Mac.
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macrumors 68000
Jan 18, 2008
Hawaii, USA
SandboxGeneral has it right, and I can also recommend Adium. One thing worth noting is that Messages works with Apple's iMessage protocol. If you have an iPhone running iOS 6 and you update your computer to OS X 10.8.2, your computer can receive texts sent to your phone number through iMessage, and can reply as well. Note that this does not apply to standard SMS texts: you can only message people who are using devices running iOS 5 or higher, your message will not go through if their phone isn't connected to a data network (whether wifi or cellular), and your computer won't see messages that are sent via SMS (messages from people not using iOS-devices, using an iPhone with iMessage disabled, or if the iOS device switches over to SMS due to lack of a return receipt).

That probably sounds more complicated than it really is. Suffice it to say, it's a pretty neat feature. Messages sent and received on Messages will show up on the iPhone as if they were sent and received there, and vice versa. If you have an iPad or iPod Touch, upgrading it to iOS 6 allows it to also participate in the same manner.


macrumors 65816
Jun 17, 2009
Redford, MI
I use iMessage for my friends that have it, and Adium for everything else. I've had Adium for years and it's flexible and easy to set up with accounts for the various services you might be using.
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