Manage your AIM profile, settings, notifications, and status. Select an FAQ below to expand more information.

AIM 8 for Windows & Mac

How do I post a status update?

Follow the steps below to learn how to post a status update.

  1. Click the profile icon on the top left.

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  2. Click in the edit box.

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  3. Type your status and click Save.

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  4. To view a buddy's status, click on your buddy in the contact list and then hover over their profile picture.

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How do I change my picture?

You have the option of using your computer's camera to take a picture or using an existing picture on your hard drive.

Using your computer to take a picture

  1. Click your current AIM picture in the top left of your screen.
  2. Under your picture, click Change.

  3. Click Use my computer's camera.

  4. If the Adobe Flash Player Settings screen appears, select Allow and then click Close.

  5. Take a picture with 3, 2, 1. The camera gives you 3 seconds to pose.

  6. Once your picture is taken, click and drag to move it around or use the adjuster to adjust the border.

  7. Once your satisfied with your picture, click Save.

Using an existing picture

  1. Click on your current AIM picture in the top left of your screen.
  2. Under your picture, click Change.

  3. Click Choose a file from my computer.

  4. Select the picture you want to use and click Open.

  5. Once you've selected your picture, click and drag to move it around or use the adjuster to adjust the border.

  6. Once you're satisfied with your picture, click Save.

How do I turn on notification sounds?

Follow the instructions below to enable sound notifications for IMs, buddy status updates and the like.

  1. Sign in to AIM.
  2. Navigate to the preferences window:
    • Windows users: From the menu bar, click File and then select Preferences.
    • Mac users: Click AIM in the upper-left corner of the screen and then select Preferences.
  3. On the Settings screen, click Sounds on the left menu.
  4. Under Sounds Preferences, click edit.

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  5. From the available options, select either Play the new AIM sound or Play the classic AIM sound. The setting change should save automatically and you will start hearing sounds play for notifications.

How do I turn off notification sounds?

If you prefer to disable sound notifications for IMs, buddy status updates, and the like, follow the instructions below.

  1. Sign in to AIM.
  2. Navigate to the preferences window:
    • Windows users: From the menu bar, click File and then select Preferences.
    • Mac users: Click AIM in the upper-left corner of the screen and then select Preferences.
  3. On the Settings screen, click Sounds on the left menu.
  4. Under Sound Preferences, click edit.

  5. From the available options, select No sound. The setting change should save automatically and you will no longer hear sounds play for notifications.

How do I change my availability?

Headed to lunch? Don't want your friends to think you're ignoring them? No worries! You can change your availability in a flash. Just follow the instructions below.

  1. Sign in to AIM.
  2. Click Account Info (your icon/picture) in the top left corner of the AIM window.

  3. Under your Username, click the Availability drop-down menu and select either Available, Busy, or Invisible. Available shows you as green and ready to chat, Busy shows you as red and away from your computer, and Invisible hides your online presence to others.

How do I change my name?

Follow the instructions below to change your displayed name in AIM.

  1. Sign in to AIM.
  2. Click Account Info (your icon/picture) in the top left corner of the AIM window.

  3. Click on your name.
  4. In the Edit Your Name window, enter your First Name and Last Name. If you want to keep your name private, deselect Allow other AIM users to see my name. Type your desired name.

  5. Click Save. That's it. Your name should appear as you entered it.

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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 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.