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.

If you’re having trouble locating the “Download AOL Desktop Gold” button, please check your inbox by going to mail.aol.com or via your current AOL Desktop. The email will likely have the subject line, Get Started with AOL Desktop Gold.

Using an older version of AOL Desktop

1. Click the blue Download AOL Desktop Gold or Update Now button.

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2. Navigate to your Desktop and click Save.

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3. Your download has started. You can check if AOL Desktop Gold is still downloading in the lower-left corner of the window. If you see a spinning icon, it means the download is not complete yet.

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Note: When the download is complete, a green check mark appears next to the file name.

4. Once AOL Desktop Gold has been downloaded, click Install_AOL_Desktop.exe and select Show in Folder.

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5. In the new that window opens, double-click Install_AOL_Desktop to begin the install process.

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6. Click INSTALL NOW.

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7. Wait for AOL Desktop Gold to install.

Note: If you have data saved on your PC from an older version of AOL Desktop, you will be prompted that the import is available. Click Yes to import your mail (recommended).

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8. Enter your username and click Continue. You may also choose to save your password (recommended) and automatically sign in with your username in the future by checking the boxes for an easy login experience.

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9. Enter your password when prompted.

10. That's it! You have downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.

Using Internet Explorer

1. Click the blue Download AOL Desktop Gold or Update Now button.

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2. Click Save at the bottom of the screen and wait for AOL Desktop Gold to be downloaded.

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3. In the top right corner of Internet Explorer, click the Settings button (gear icon).

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4. Click View downloads.

5. Locate Install_AOL_Desktop.exe in the list and click Run next to it.

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6. Click INSTALL NOW.

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7. Wait for AOL Desktop Gold to install. Once installed, AOL Desktop Gold will prompt you to type in your username.

Note: If you have data saved on your PC from an older version of AOL Desktop, you will be alerted that an import is available. Click Yes if you’d like to import your mail (recommended).

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8. Enter your username and click Continue. You may also choose to save your password (recommended) and automatically sign in with your username in the future by checking the boxes for an easy login experience.

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9. Enter your password when prompted.

10. That's it! You have downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.

Using Google Chrome

1. Click the blue Download AOL Desktop Gold or Update Now button.

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2. In the top right corner of the Google Chrome window, click the menu button (three vertical dots).

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3. Click Downloads.

Note: While your software is downloading, you can see a progress bar and information about speed and the remaining time of your download.

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4. Once your download is complete, click Install_AOL_Desktop.exe in the list.

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5. Click INSTALL NOW.

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6. Wait for AOL Desktop Gold to install. Once installed, AOL Desktop Gold will prompt you to type in your username.

Note: If you have data saved on your PC from an older version of AOL Desktop, you will be alerted that an import is available. Click Yes if you’d like to import your mail (recommended).

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7. Enter your username and click Continue. You may also choose to save your password (recommended) and automatically sign in with your username in the future by checking the boxes for an easy login experience.

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8. Enter your password when prompted.

9. That's it! You have downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.

Using Mozilla Firefox

1. Click the blue Download AOL Desktop Gold or Update Now button.

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2. Click Save File and wait for AOL Desktop Gold to download.

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3. In the top-right corner of the Firefox window, click the Downloads button(arrow icon).

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4. In the list that appears, click Install_AOL_Desktop.exe.

5. Click INSTALL NOW.

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6. Wait for AOL Desktop Gold to install. Once installed, AOL Desktop Gold will prompt you to type in your username.

Note: If you have data saved on your PC from an older version of AOL Desktop, you will be alerted that an import is available. Click Yes if you’d like to import your mail (recommended).

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7. Enter your username and click Continue. You may also choose to save your password (recommended) and automatically sign in with your username in the future by checking the boxes for an easy login experience.

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8. Enter your password when prompted.

9. That's it! You have downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.

Using Opera

1. Click the blue Download AOL Desktop Gold or Update Now button.

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2. Navigate to your Desktop and click Save.

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3. In the top-right corner of the Opera window, click the Downloads button (arrow icon).

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4. Double-click Install_AOL_Desktop.exe in the list.

5. Click INSTALL NOW.

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6. Wait for AOL Desktop Gold to install. Once installed, AOL Desktop Gold will prompt you to type in your username.

Note: If you have data saved on your PC from an older version of AOL Desktop, you will be alerted that an import is available. Click Yes if you’d like to import your mail (recommended).

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7. Enter your username and click Continue. You may also choose to save your password (recommended) and automatically sign in with your username in the future by checking the boxes for an easy login experience.

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8. Enter your password when prompted.

9. That's it! You have downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.

Using Microsoft Edge

1. Click the blue Download AOL Desktop Gold or Update Now button.

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2. Click Save at the bottom of the screen.

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3. Wait for AOL Desktop Gold to be downloaded and click Run at the bottom of the screen.

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4. Click INSTALL NOW.

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5. Wait for AOL Desktop Gold to install. Once installed, AOL Desktop Gold will prompt you to type in your username.

Note: If you have data saved on your PC from an older version of AOL Desktop, you will be alerted that an import is available. Click Yes if you’d like to import your mail (recommended).

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6. Enter your username and click Continue. You may also choose to save your password  (recommended) and automatically sign in with your username in the future by checking the boxes for an easy login experience.

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7. Enter your password when prompted.

8. That's it! You have downloaded and installed AOL Desktop Gold.