Click one of the headings below depending on what browser you use, and follow the instructions to learn how to download and install AOL Desktop Gold.

Follow these instructions to learn how to download and install AOL Desktop Gold on your computer.

Note: If you’re having trouble locating your AOL Desktop Gold installation file, check your AOL mail inbox at mail.aol.com or via your AOL Desktop app for an email from AOL. The email subject line should be “Get Started with AOL Desktop Gold.”

Download the latest version of AOL Desktop Gold:

From an older version of AOL Desktop

In the menu bar:

  1. Click Services.
  2. Click My Benefits.
    - The AOL My Benefits page opens.
  3. Scroll down to AOL Desktop Gold, Click DOWNLOAD FOR ANOTHER COMPUTER.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Follow the steps in the “From AOL Desktop” section below to finish the install.

From a web browser

  1. Sign in to your AOL account at mybenefits.aol.com.
  2. Under “All Products,” scroll to “AOL Desktop Gold.”
  3. Click Download Now.
    - A new window/tab opens.
  4. Click Upgrade Now.
  5. Click Download AOL Desktop Gold Now.
    - Your download should start automatically.
  6. Follow the steps in the “From Windows File Explorer” section below to finish the install.

From the email you received

  1. Search your inbox for the subject line “Get Started with AOL Desktop Gold.”
  2. Open the email.
  3. Click Download AOL Desktop Gold or Update Now.
  4. Navigate to your Desktop and click Save.
    - Your download starts.
  5. Follow the steps in the “From Windows File Explorer” section below to finish the install.

Different ways to install:

From AOL Desktop

After the AOL Desktop Gold download completes:

  1. Click Install_AOL_Desktop.
  2. Select Show in Folder.
    - Windows File Manager opens.
  3. Double-click Install_AOL_Desktop.
  4. Click INSTALL NOW.
    - You may be prompted to uninstall older versions or import your mail. If you are, click Yes, then OK.
  5. Enter your username, click Continue.
  6. Enter your password when prompted.

That's it! You’ve downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.

From Windows File Explorer (Recommended)

If you haven’t changed your default download location then you can find the Install_AOL_Desktop file at: \Users\[username]\Downloads

  1. Open Windows File Explorer.
  2. Open your Downloads folder.
  3. Double click the Install_AOL_Desktop icon.
    - A Windows security window opens.
  4. Click Run.
    - The AOL Desktop Gold window opens.
  5. Click INSTALL NOW.
    - You may be prompted to uninstall older versions or import your mail. If you are, click Yes, then OK.
  6. Enter your username, click Continue.
  7. Enter your password when prompted.

That's it! You’ve downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.