Chatting With the XMS Messaging Service (Formerly eBuddy)

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Introducing XMS — Formerly eBuddy

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XMS

In 2013, support for the popular web-based messaging client, eBuddy, was discontinued. The developers of the product cited the "rise of smartphone messaging" as the reason for the demise. But fear not — rather than go out of business completely, the company invited users to "continue your messaging journey with us on XMS" — the company's free, real-time messaging apps for smartphones. XMS is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone 7 devices. In a surprise move and a return to the company's roots as a web-based messenger, there is now a desktop version available as well

Click to the next slide for a brief, illustrated tutorial on how to start chatting on XMS!

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Downloading and Installing XMS on Mobile

XMS Screenshot
XMS

How to download and install XMS on a mobile device

  • Navigate to the app store for your device, and search for XMS.
  • If you're using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch version 6.0 or later, you can download and install the XMS app here.
  • If you're using an Android device version 2.3 or later, you can download and install the XMS app here.
  • Follow the prompts to install the app on your device. 
  • You'll be prompted to allow notifications. If you'd like to be notified about messages and other information from the app, tap "OK." If not, tap "Don't Allow." This setting can be modified later if you change your mind. 
  • You'll then be prompted to enter a "Full name" — but this is really the screen name, so make sure that whatever you enter is what you want to be displayed to your friends and family when you're chatting with them on the XMS service. For help, see our guide on How to Create the Perfect Screen Name
  • You'll also have the option to enter an email address. This field is optional, so its up to you as to whether you want to enter it. One can probably assume that if you do, you may receive an email from XMS.
  • Lastly, you'll be prompted to "Find my friends!" By tapping this button, you give XMS permission to access your address book in order to find friends who are using the service. Using this feature is a great way to ensure that you have access to friends to chat with on the service. 
  • Another way to find friends to chat with is to login via Facebook. Once your account is set up, visit "settings" in the lower right corner of the screen and then navigate to "Facebook - Sign in with your account" to get started. 
  • Once your account is activated you can also invite friends directly through the "invite" feature at the bottom of the screen.
  • An XMS bot is available upon sign in to help guide you through the features.
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How to Set Up and Use the XMS Web Client

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XMS

While eBuddy was originally conceived as a web-based messenger, it was discontinued due to the increase in popularity of messaging using smartphones. Despite the reliance on mobile devices to send messages, it's also convenient at times to chat using your computer. The monitor is larger, and its handy to have full access to a keyboard. The folks behind XMS understand this and have made a web version of the messaging app available.

How to Set Up and Use the XMS Web Client

  • Navigate to the XMS web client at XMS.me
  • You'll have a few options from the front page of XMS.me. You can choose to sign in using your phone number, a login code provided by XMS, or via Facebook.
  • If you sign in using your phone number, be aware that XMS will prompt you to enter a unique code that they provide to you. Once you enter your phone number, you'll receive a message from the XMS bot in the mobile app. This message will contain the code needed to log on to the web client.t
  • To access your unique login code provided by XMS, open the app on your mobile device. Navigate to "settings" in the lower right side of the app and locate the section called Web XMS Login. Tap on it and you'll be provided with a unique code that you can then enter into the XMS web client to login.
  • If you'd like to skip the login process the next time you sign on via the web, check the box that says "Login to XMS automatically next time" to save your login information. Be careful if you're using a shared or public computer, as checking this box could give others access to your messages and contacts within XMS.
  • The XMS bot is also available via the web client and is able to help you navigate through the features in the XMS messaging application. Features include being able to message via text as well as sharing stickers, emoticons, location data, images, video and more.

Enjoy this practical and handy messaging app!

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 7/27/16