AIM.com: Features, Settings, and Notifications

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AIM.com: Features, Settings, and Notifications

With AIM.com you can chat and share files with your buddies just as you would with the application for Windows or Mac. Learn more about all the features of AIM.com by clicking a heading to expand FAQs for that section.

Chatting and Sharing Files

How do I send an IM (Instant Message)?

  1. At the top left of your AIM.com window, click into the Start or find a chat box to search for your buddy.  
  2. Type the name or Username of the person you want to chat with.
  3. Click your buddy's icon.
  4. Type your message in the chat box. 

  5. Press enter on your keyboard to send your IM.

How do I start a video chat on AIM.com

Note: You will need to have a webcam installed and set up on your computer in order to participate or start a video chat.

  1. Start a chat with a buddy.
  2. Within the chat window, in the upper right corner, click the Start Video icon.

  3. If the Adobe Flash Player Settings window appears, select Allow and then click Close.

  4. If your buddy accepts the video chat invitation, the window will display what's on their camera. Go ahead and start video chatting!
  5. Note: If your friend hasn't yet updated to the newest version of AIM, we'll send them invitation to upgrade to the new AIM.

How do I start a group chat?

  1. Click the Compose icon in the bottom left corner of the AIM window.

  2. Enter the buddies you want to start a group chat with, using their email address, username, or mobile number.

  3. Once you're satisfied with the group chat list, you can start chatting by entering your message at the bottom of the chat window as usual.

  4. Note: You can add a custom title to the group chat by modifying the Group Chat Title at the top of the chat window.

How do I add a member to an existing group chat?

  1. Start a chat with the group you'd like add someone to.
  2. Click the More Options menu at the top of the chat window.

  3. Click Add Member.
  4. Type the Name or Username of the friend in the Add field at the top of the chat window.
  5. Select that user's name when it comes up.

  6. Click Add.
  7. Your buddy is now added to your group chat.

How do I leave a group chat?

  1. Select the group chat that you'd like to leave.
  2. Click the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the chat window.
  3. Click Leave Group Chat.

How do I send a photo?

  1. Start a chat.
  2. Click the paperclip icon in the bottom left corner of the chat window.
  3. Browse your files and select the photo you'd like to send.

  4. Your photo will be sent once you select it by double-clicking the file. The image will appear in your chat window or as a link to open in a new browser tab.

How do I send a file?

You can now send PDFs, Word documents, Excel files, Power Point slides, sound files, and images all from AIM.

Requirements for sending files via AIM.com

  • Maximum 30 MB
  • Maximum 1 GB total files
  • Files expire in 100 hours

Follow the steps below to send a file in your IM(s).

  1. Start a chat with the person you want to send a file to.
  2. Click the paperclip icon in the bottom left corner of the chat window.

  3. Select the file that you want to send.
  4. Click Open. This will send your file once you open it.

How do I send a video?

  1. Start a chat with the person or group you want to share a video with.
  2. Browse for the video you want to send and type or paste the video URL into the chat box.
  3. Press enter on your keyboard to send the link. 

Social Networks

How do I add my social notifications?

  1. Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of your AIM.com window.

  2. Click Third Party Accounts from the menu.
  3. Click Edit next to the accounts you want to add as desired.

  4. You also have the option to add your social network feeds as well.

How do I get notifications for my AOL Mail from AIM.com?

Would you like to be notified when you get new email in your AOL Mail account? Connecting AIM.com to your email is easy! If you'd just like to access your email, you can always find it at mail.aol.com.

  1. Click the AOL Mail icon on the bottom right corner of your screen.

  2. Click Allow.

  3. If the AOL Mail icon is white, your account is now connected and you'll receive notifications for all new emails.

Contacts

Where do I find my contacts?

You can find your contacts to the left of your AIM.com window. You'll see your contacts grouped by Recent Chats, Favorites (if you've added contacts to this list), Group Chats, and Contacts. If you have added a third party account to your AIM account, those contacts will appear under your main Contacts group.

  • Recent chats is a list of buddies you've last chatted with.
  • Favorites is a list of people you've indicated are your favorites by clicking the drop-down menu in the top- ight corner of your chat and selecting Add to Favorites

  • Group chats is a list of the group chats you belong to.
  • Contacts is a complete list of your contacts including those from third party accounts.

Status Indicators:

  • Green: Contacts are available to chat
  • Red: Contacts have set their status to away
  • Gray: Contacts are currently offline

How do I add a new contact to my AIM.com contact list?

  1. Type the Username or email address of the person you want to add to your contact list in the Start or find a new chat box at the top of your Contact list.
  2. Press enter on your keyboard. 

  3. Type and send your message by pressing enter on your keyboard.

How do I invite a friend to AIM.com?

  1. If you have a chat window open, exit out of your current chat by clicking on the X in the upper right corner of the chat screen.
  2. Click in to the start chatting box.
  3. Click Invite a friend.

  4. Type your friend's email address.

  5. Click Send.

Notifications & Profile

How do I turn off my notification sounds in AIM.com?

  1. To change your sound preferences, click the Settings menu in the upper right corner of your screen.

  2. Click Sounds on the left side of the Settings menu.
  3. Click Edit  next to Sounds

  4. Deselect the Play a sound for incoming messages option.

How do I change my picture with AIM.com?

  1. In the upper left corner of AIM, open the drop-down menu next to your Username.
  2. Click Change your picture.

  3. If you want to take a picture with your computer:
    • Click Use my computer's camera.
    • Select Allow and click Close to start your camera.

    • Click Camera 3, 2, 1. The camera gives you 3 seconds to pose.
    • Click Save.
  4. If you prefer to use a photo from your computer:
    • Click Choose a file from my computer.
    • Browse and select the photo you want to use.
    • Click Save.

How do I update my status in AIM.com?

Let everyone one know what's new with you by updating your status.

  1. Click the Updates icon on the top right corner of your screen.

  2. Enter your update.
  3. If you'd like to post to Facebook or Twitter, click the appropriate icon.

  4. Click Post.

How do I change my availability in AIM.com?

  1. To change your availability, open the drop-down menu next to your Username.
  2. Click the green, red, or gray dots to select your availability.
    • green = available
    • red = busy
    • gray = offline

How do I edit my name in AIM.com?

  1. Open the drop-down menu next to your name.

  2. Type your desired name.
  3. Click Save.

  4. Your name should appear as you entered it.


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Last updated: 06-03-2014
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