Apple rightfully has a reputation of having its products 'just work.' And 99% of the time, that adage holds true. Until it doesn't. When things do go wrong, Apple's error messages are cryptic, at times offering no obvious clue as to how to remedy them. One such error is the 'Authentication Error' message when trying to log into iMessage and FaceTime on your Mac, even if you've successfully logged into iCloud.
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Vst instruments 64 bit free download. For a non-obvious reason, my previously properly running Mac could no longer log into iMessage or FaceTime despite being successfully logged into iCloud. Auto tune efx 2 free trial. Notes synced, Documents synced, Photos was working, etc.
Trying to log into iMessage triggers my two-factor authentication mechanism as expected. But when prompted for my iCloud username and password, and after a long timeout period, I simply get an 'Authentication Error.'
The potential fix
The fix involves getting Apple's servers to re-initialize your Mac hardware to be allowed to access your iCloud services.
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Log out of iCloud on your Mac
- Open System Preferences.
Click Apple ID.
- Click Overview.
Click Sign Out…
Follow the instructions to keep or delete iCloud data like calendars, reminders, and photos from your Mac.
- Restart your Mac.
Log into your iCloud.com web account
- Navigate to iCloud.com in Safari.
Log in with your iCloud credentials.
- Click Account Settings.
Click your problematic Mac under My Devices.
- Click the X next to the Mac.
Sign back into iCloud on your Mac
- Open System Preferences.
Click Sign In.
- Sign in with your iCloud credentials.
Enter your Mac sign-in credentials.
Once you're signed back into iCloud on your Mac, you should be signed back into Messages and FaceTime automatically.
This is but one solution (of the myriad of suggestions found online) that worked for me. Let us know in the comments if this fix helped you too!
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Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and Vimeo are no longer options in the first developer beta of Mojave, AppleInsider can verify. Saving login info made it simpler for users and apps to access and share to those services.
Support initially came to the Mac with 2012's OS X Mountain Lion, the first edition of OS X with Share Sheets. Once people were signed into a service, they could simply click a button to publish to it, instead of having to use the Web or sign into an app's specific integration.
The switch in Mojave means that sharing options will disappear in many parts of macOS, assuming Apple decides to make the change permanent.
The move is presumably a part of Apple's attempts to bolster the overall security of macOS. The company is tightening permissions, making it harder for advertisers to 'fingerprint' users, and creating the concept of 'notarized' apps for titles sold outside the Mac App Store.
Mojave will launch sometime this fall, likely alongside or just ahead of new Macs.
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