Another popular messaging platform, though, is though Facebook. To get started, you’ll need to open Messages or i Chat.

Your username is your Facebook username, with “” (without the quotes) appended to the end (my username, for example is “ian.fuchs”, so I’ll use “[email protected]”).

In the password field, you’ll enter your Facebook password.

By leaving the server, port, SSL, and Kerberos rubbish at the bottom untouched, Messages will auto-identify the details when you click “Create.” Once you have everything entered, you should see a new contacts list connect.

Facebook opened Facebook Chat up to third party instant message clients by using the Jabber protocol, which means you can now use Facebook Chat seamlessly from inside i Chat. Here’s what this looks like in i Chat settings Account Setup: Facebook has an official Chat page on if you’re confused or need additional help setting up the Facebook IM clients, but the setup procedure is practically identical regardless of what IM client you are using.

That means if you have a Mac with i Chat, you can easily talk to your Facebook friends without being logged into the Facebook site, and instead communicate through the i Chat app to send messages. Keep in mind you are not limited to i Chat, with Jabber support you can actually use Facebook Chat with Adium, i Chat, Pidgin, and just about any other multi-use instant messaging client that supports the Jabber XMPP protocol.

It seems like everyone is on a different messaging platform these days.

While all i OS owners probably use i Message in some form or another, all those Android-types may be using Google Hangouts (especially in the newer Android OSes).

Your Google Account password is the same password you use for other Google products, like Gmail and You Tube.

If you forgot your password and would like to reset it or would like to change your password for security reasons, please follow the steps below.

Forgot password Important: If you're running Android 5.1 or higher on your device and need to do a factory reset, you need to wait 24 hours after changing your password to reset your device.

For security purposes, you can't use an account if the password was changed within 24 hours to set up the device after reset.