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eChat Setup in Messages on Apple Mac Computers (macOS Sierra)

This tutorial will show you how to setup eChat in the Messages application on Apple Mac Computers (macOS Sierra).


At the time of this writing, the latest macOS version is Sierra 10.12.6, please make sure your computer is updated to the latest version of macOS to ensure the screenshots below match.

Screenshots are for reference only. Please read the instructions at each step and do not use the example information in the screenshots.


Determine Your Mail Server Address

You will use the mail server address for both incoming mail server and outgoing mail server settings when adding your email account to mobile devices or third party desktop applications. 

So, first let's determine your mail server address.


Step 1: Open a web browser on your computer and go to webmail.yourdomain.com

Replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name.

For example, if your email address is bob@xyzhealth.com, you would type in webmail.xyzhealth.com.
Do not use a search bar or include http:// or https:// when entering the address into the browser's url bar.



Step 2: You will automatically be redirected to your mail server.

Your mail server address is the first portion of the URL, right before /Login.aspx.
In this example (below) the mail server address that we were redirected to is mail3.entrvst.com.



Step 3: Please write down your mail server address, you will need it to complete the steps below.



Add your Enguard account to Messages for eChat access 



Step 1: Open the Messages application





Step 2: From the Messages menu, select Add Account...





Step 3: Select Other Messages Account... then click Continue






Step 4: Complete the following fields

A) Account Type: Select Jabber
B) User Name: Enter your email address
C) Password: Enter your email password
D) Uncheck: Automatically find server and port
E) Server: Enter your mail server address
F) Uncheck: Use SSL

Click Sign In





Step 5: Go into Messages menu, select Preferences






Step 6: Click the General icon

You can set sound and/or visual notifications for Messages from here.