Before you can use the Messages application or the Facetime application, you need to identify which online account you will use. A chat account is your identification and contact information that other people will use when they send text-based messages to you in the Messages application or initiate video calls in Facetime. The iMessage account, which is part of an AppleID is required for Facetime and is probably the most common account used in the Messages application. This movie will clarify what iMessage is and how it works with these two applications.
- [Instructor] This chapter is all about talking to people online using a few different applications that come bundled with OS X, Messages and FaceTime. Messages is the application that you use to send simple text chat messages on your computer, also known as instant messages. FaceTime is an application dedicated specifically to video and audio chat. You can use FaceTime to talk to somebody face to face using the webcam on your computer. At the beginning of this course, we talked about the Apple ID account, and I said that having an Apple ID is optional, but for this chapter, you really do need to have an Apple ID.
An Apple ID is not required to use the Messages app but you do need some sort of online account which we'll talk about in this movie. And for FaceTime, you will need an Apple ID account, no way around it. So first, let's talk about why you need an online account like Apple ID in order to use these applications. Think of when you want to call somebody on the phone, both people have to have a phone number which was set up by some intermediate service, the phone company. So all you need is somebody's phone number and that intermediate service will connect you.
Well, when you're using FaceTime and Messages, you're using some sort of chat account as that intermediate service that connects you. Usually, an account called iMessage. Now at this point you might be confused by these two words, Messages and iMessage. Messages is the name of an application on your Mac or your iPhone or iPad that you use when you want to send text chat messages. It's the program that we'll be using here. iMessage is the online service that sends and receives your messages.
To extend the analogy the application Messages is like the telephone in your hand. The service iMessage is like the telephone company that transmits the signal from your telephone. iMessage is a component of the Apple ID account so your Apple ID is your iMessage account. They're one and the same. And an iMessage account can be used in the Messages application on your computer and it can also be used on an iPhone or iPad to send and receive messages. You can and probably should use the same Apple ID account to send and receive messages on your computer and your iPhone, then it won't matter which device you use to send messages, they'll all come from the same account.
So that's the difference between Messages the application and iMessage the service. And of course, if you use FaceTime, FaceTime is an application but it also takes advantage of iMessage the service. One great thing about iMessage is that it does not create some new piece of contact information. When you set up an Apple ID account you register your email address and you usually register your phone number, as well. So you can use your existing phone number, or your email address, or both as your contact information through iMessage.
So how do you decide whether to use your email address or your phone number. Well, if you set up Messages on your computer, iPad, or iPod Touch then your email address will be set up as your contact information. But if you set up Messages on your iPhone, you also have the option of connecting using the phone number on that phone. So once it's all set up all I need is either the phone number or the email address attached to somebody's Apple ID account and we can chat using Messages and FaceTime.
Now before we move on, there's just a little bit more to the story. If you want to use FaceTime you need that iMessage account. However, there are other accounts that you may want to use with Messages, that's the chat application. You see, iMessage is fairly new to the world of instant messaging. People have been using instant messaging for years and they've been using other types of accounts. There's the AOL Instant Messenger account, also known as AIM, there's Google Chat or G Chat, there's Jabber, there's many others.
And you can use many of these accounts to talk to other people who are using the same account using the Messaages application. Now the problem is you cannot talk to somebody if you have different types of accounts. If I have an AIM account, and you use an iMessage account we're not able to talk to each other. We need to be using the same account. Now if this sounds distressing, keep in mind that all of these accounts are free and you can use several of them at the same time inside of the Messages application which we'll see in the movie specifically dedicated to the Messages application.
For example, I happily use the iMessage service and an AIM account both because I've had an AIM account for years, and most of my friends use that same service. So I hope this gives you an idea of why Apple ID is so necessary for FaceTime and Messages. If you don't already have an Apple ID, please go back and check out the movies at the beginning of this course, and get your Apple ID account set up before continuing with this chapter. And if you have some other account that you use for text chatting online, like AIM, Jabber, or Google Chat, make sure you have those on-hand as well.
Stay tuned! We will release more videos this week.
- Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account
- Browsing folders with Finder
- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Organizing your desktop
- Using Siri on the desktop
- Launching and quitting applications from the Dock
- Saving and searching
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
- Communicating with iMessage, Messages, and FaceTime
- Using iTunes, QuickTime, Photos, Maps, and other bundled apps
- Installing applications from the App Store
- Sharing over a network
- Backing up and restoring files