1. iMore Question's Avatar
    I've tried using every form of search I know on my mac and I can't find it! There's a little like speech bubble icon on the top of the screen on my toolbar thing but whenever I click it it just says new messages and doesn't open anything? Help! I want to use this app but I might have deleted it or something?
    MadRoseyC likes this.
    10-20-2013 03:03 PM
  2. rayz336's Avatar
    I've tried using every form of search I know on my mac and I can't find it! There's a little like speech bubble icon on the top of the screen on my toolbar thing but whenever I click it it just says new messages and doesn't open anything? Help! I want to use this app but I might have deleted it or something?
    Have you tried searching for a messages app? I think that may be what the actual application is called by the system. I hope you are able to find and use it.
    10-20-2013 03:32 PM
  3. MadRoseyC's Avatar
    I've tried a bunch of times like I said in my question it just takes me to email stuff
    10-20-2013 03:58 PM
  4. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    Your original post doesn't say anything about "email". You wrote that it "says new messages".

    At the top of the iMessage screen, that's what it reads. "Messages".

    What exactly are you looking for it to say?
    10-20-2013 04:39 PM
  5. phreddyl's Avatar
    are you signed in your iCloud account?
    10-20-2013 04:42 PM
  6. MadRoseyC's Avatar
    whenever I search messages the only results are like email messages. the imessage app never shows up. just all of the time (not when i'm searching) there is a messages icon at the top of my screen that shows a new message option when i click it but it doesn't do anything
    10-20-2013 05:02 PM
  7. phreddyl's Avatar
    Are you signed into your iCloud account?? Imore did a how to awhile back http://www.imore.com/how-set-and-sta...-mountain-lion
    10-20-2013 05:10 PM
  8. MadRoseyC's Avatar
    i am signed into my icloud account that's why i'm so confused!
    10-20-2013 05:38 PM
  9. madeinhb's Avatar
    Bigger question is what device are you using? iPhone/ipad or a Mac computer?
    10-20-2013 05:48 PM
  10. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Is it safe to assume you have OS X Mountain Lion installed?
    10-20-2013 05:48 PM
  11. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    What are you looking for or am I totally confused?? On your iPhone/iPad you have a 'Messages' app. Depending if you are sending a text message to anybody you know that has an IOS device you will be sending them an iMessage which is exclusive to Apple devices and is sent within your messages app. If you sent me a text your send button and the top of the screen would be blue indicating you are sending another IOS device owner an iMessage. If they don't have an apple device it would be green indicating SMS text message. These don;t matter if you are on WIFI or not. If you are near a free WIFI or at home like I do i always send my iMessages this way because iMessages goes against your data. SMS just goes against your SMS message plan on how many you have or unlimited.

    Bottom line there is no such thing as a standalone IMessage app - Just messages. I hope you understand now how this works.
    10-20-2013 05:49 PM
  12. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Is it safe to assume you have OS X Mountain Lion installed?
    I could be wrong but I posted the way I read what I think she is looking for as it sounds like she is looking for an iMessage App?? seperate from Messages thinking they are different apps. I might be wrong butthat is how I see it??
    10-20-2013 05:52 PM
  13. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Cmd-Space to show Spotlight search.
    Start typing Messages.
    You should see the app show up in the Spotlight results.
    10-20-2013 06:07 PM
  14. MadRoseyC's Avatar
    This is on my macbook pro, it is up to date 10.8.5. But i'm trying redownloading it to see if it works. I have searched using spotlight and there's nothing, this is all i get I can't find iMessage to save my life-screen-shot-2013-10-20-4.39.58-pm.png
    10-20-2013 06:40 PM
  15. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Go into Spotlight preferences and make sure you have Apps checked.
    10-20-2013 07:34 PM
  16. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    What are you looking for or am I totally confused?? On your iPhone/iPad you have a 'Messages' app. Depending if you are sending a text message to anybody you know that has an IOS device you will be sending them an iMessage which is exclusive to Apple devices and is sent within your messages app. If you sent me a text your send button and the top of the screen would be blue indicating you are sending another IOS device owner an iMessage. If they don't have an apple device it would be green indicating SMS text message. These don;t matter if you are on WIFI or not. If you are near a free WIFI or at home like I do i always send my iMessages this way because iMessages goes against your data. SMS just goes against your SMS message plan on how many you have or unlimited.

    Bottom line there is no such thing as a standalone IMessage app - Just messages. I hope you understand now how this works.
    I could be wrong but I posted the way I read what I think she is looking for as it sounds like she is looking for an iMessage App?? seperate from Messages thinking they are different apps. I might be wrong but that is how I see it??
    I've tried using every form of search I know on my mac and I can't find it! There's a little like speech bubble icon on the top of the screen on my toolbar thing but whenever I click it it just says new messages and doesn't open anything? Help! I want to use this app but I might have deleted it or something?
    My bad on both of these I had had gone over the fact that the OP was using a MAC and that is my fault. Not knowing about MACs I would not have posted. Good luck and good answer Karen. Sorry for missing the fact about the MAC.
    10-20-2013 08:05 PM
  17. madeinhb's Avatar
    This is on my macbook pro, it is up to date 10.8.5. But i'm trying redownloading it to see if it works. I have searched using spotlight and there's nothing, this is all i get Click image for larger version. 

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    Or go to the apps folder and look for it in there.
    10-21-2013 04:00 AM
  18. gtoguy777's Avatar
    Seriously? I think she is having the same problem I am on my macbook pro. While searching for the "messages" app or "iMessages" using both the applications and spotlight search methods, "messages or iMessages" is NOT there. Not only that but when signing into my iCloud account online, there is no icon there for "iMessages" The only app in my toolbar that slightly resembles it is "ichat" which seams to open a chat window linked to my yahoo messenger account. WHERE IS "MESSAGES" and how do I get it back on or perform an initial installation of it onto my macbook. Current software version is 10.7.5. My mac tells me it is up to date when checking. Any help is appreciated.
    01-01-2014 04:31 PM
  19. iEd's Avatar
    Mac OS 10.7. is Lion. Messages app started with 10.8 Mountain Lion.
    01-01-2014 04:40 PM
  20. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Seriously? I think she is having the same problem I am on my macbook pro. While searching for the "messages" app or "iMessages" using both the applications and spotlight search methods, "messages or iMessages" is NOT there. Not only that but when signing into my iCloud account online, there is no icon there for "iMessages" The only app in my toolbar that slightly resembles it is "ichat" which seams to open a chat window linked to my yahoo messenger account. WHERE IS "MESSAGES" and how do I get it back on or perform an initial installation of it onto my macbook. Current software version is 10.7.5. My mac tells me it is up to date when checking. Any help is appreciated.
    Messages was a beta on Lion which I think was OSX 10.7. The beta was discontinued a year or so ago. To get the Messages app (which combines iMessages and iChat basically), you need to be on Mountain Lion or above.
    01-01-2014 04:43 PM
  21. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Messages was a beta on Lion which I think was OSX 10.7. The beta was discontinued a year or so ago. To get the Messages app (which combines iMessages and iChat basically), you need to be on Mountain Lion or above.
    Bingo.
    01-01-2014 06:58 PM
  22. gtoguy777's Avatar
    okay… so I searched for "iMessages" too and it wasn't there either. So you're saying 'iMessages" is only available in OSX 10.8. My question now is if OSX 10.8 is available, why is my computer telling me it's up to date and doesn't need any updates?
    01-01-2014 07:25 PM
  23. iEd's Avatar
    okay so I searched for "iMessages" too and it wasn't there either. So you're saying 'iMessages" is only available in OSX 10.8. My question now is if OSX 10.8 is available, why is my computer telling me it's up to date and doesn't need any updates?
    If your Mac meets the requirements you can update it to 10.8 Mountain Lion or for free update to 10.9 Mavericks. If your Mac meets the requirements for those operating systems. You don't necessarily "need" any OS update but for certain features you must have the OS that has those features.
    Your Mac is up to date as far as OS X Lion goes.
    What Mac do you have?
    Last edited by iEd; 01-01-2014 at 08:10 PM.
    01-01-2014 07:50 PM

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