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IM Forwarding

IM Forwarding is an easy way to continue receiving instant messages (IMs) when you're away from your computer. It automatically forwards IMs to your mobile device as text messages. It also puts a blue mobile icon next to your Username in your friends' Buddy Lists.

To set up IM Forwarding, visit IM Forwarding and click Register/ Manage your mobile device

Note: With IM Forwarding, you cannot initiate a new IM conversation. For that, you need to install an AIM Mobile app on your device. Interested? If so, please visit AIM.com and look for your device along the bottom of the page. For example, AIM for iPhone, AIM for iPad, or AIM for Android.

To learn more about IM Forwarding options, click to expand the headings below.

Does my wireless carrier support IM Forwarding?

As long as your carrier supports two-way IMing, you can reply to IMs the same way you'd reply to a text. Type your reply on your mobile phone and send it. Below is a list of carriers that support receiving and replying to IMs:

AlltelIllinois Valley
Appalachian Wireless
Immix Wireless
AT&TInland Cellular
Bluegrass Cellular
Nex-Tech
BoostnTelos Wireless
Cellular One
Sprint
Centennial Cellular
T-Mobile
Cincinnati Bell
United Wireless
Cox TMI Wireless
US Cellular
Cricket Wireless
Verizon
GCI/Alaska DigiTelVirgin Mobile
Golden State Cellular
West Central
Google VoiceMetro PCS

Charges: While AOL won't charge you a penny, mobile service providers may charge to deliver texts to a mobile device. Check your provider's plan for details.

By using AIM, you agree to AOL's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We provide the messaging service as-is. Message and data rates may apply. Please check your mobile subscription plan. Review the AOL Mobile Terms of Service and Privacy Policy on the web here.

About IM Forwarding From Mobile Devices

If you register for IM Forwarding, it will be activated only after you sign out of AIM from all other devices.

To force other sessions to disconnect: 

  1. Launch an AIM session on your computer or mobile device as you normally would. If you are signed in to other devices, you will receive an IM telling you that you are signed in to AIM with the same Username in multiple locations.
  2. Respond to the IM: type 1, and send the message.
  3. Your AIM Username will be signed out from all other computers and mobile devices.

How do I set up IM Forwarding in AIM?

Receive Instant Messages (IMs) from your contacts even when you aren't signed in to AIM. Register your mobile device and start receiving IMs now.

Set up IM Forwarding from AIM.com:

  1. Go to IM Forwarding.
  2. Click Register/ Manage your mobile device.

  3. Select which account you'd like to sign in with.
  4. Enter your Username and Password and click Sign In

  5. Click Register for IM Forwarding

  6. Enter your phone number and click Register.

  7. Enter the confirmation code that was texted to your phone and click Confirm.

  8. Click Done.

  9. Note: You can stop receiving IMs to your mobile device at any time by unchecking Forward IMs to my phone in the mobile settings page.

Set up IM Forwarding in AIM 8:

  1. On the Buddy List window, click File(Windows) or the Menu icon (Mac), and then click Text Messaging.
  2. Click Register a Mobile Device.
  3. Enter your phone number, and click Send Code Now.
  4. You will receive a text message that says, "Please enter this confirmation code on your computer to complete your phone registration with AOL Mobile." Enter the confirmation code that you received and click Confirm.
  5. Your registration is complete and your mobile number will now appear in your Text Messaging window. Click Edit to view the settings for your device.
  6. Note: You can stop receiving IMs to your mobile device at any time by unchecking Enable IM Forwarding Text Messaging settings page.

Set up IM Forwarding in AIM 7:

  1. On the Buddy List window, click Options or Menu (depending on which version of AIM 7 you're using) and then click Settings

  2. Click Mobile.
  3. Click Register a Mobile Device.

  4. Select your Carrier, add your phone number, and click Register.

  5. You will receive a text message that says, "Please enter this confirmation code on your computer to complete your phone registration with AOL Mobile." Enter the confirmation code that you received and click Confirm.

  6. You'll receive a confirmation that your registration is complete. Click Done.

  7. Note: You can stop getting IMs to your mobile device at any time by Unchecking Forward IMs to my phone in the mobile settings page.

Set up IM Forwarding via Text Message

To enable IM Forwarding via text message, text the word ONALL to 265019.

Stop IM Forwarding and Blocking users

Delete your Mobile Device from AIM Text Messaging

  1. On the Buddy List window, click File(Windows) or the Menu icon (Mac), and then click Text Messaging.
  2. Click the + sign next to your mobile device number.
  3. Click Delete next to Text Messaging Settings.
  4. Confirm that you want to remove the settings for your mobile device.
  5. Your mobile device is now no longer connected to AIM.

Stop IM Forwarding via Text Message

To stop IM Forwarding to your mobile device via text message, text the word STOPALL to 265022. To complete the process, vist AIM.com to block all future text messages from AOL.

Block an individual user from sending you IMs as text messages

To block an individual sender only, reply to the text message with the word BLOCK. Messages from this user will no longer be sent to your mobile device as a text message.



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Last updated: 06-20-2014
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