5 Steps to Permanently Delete Your AIM Account

Get rid of your AOL profile for good

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You may have enjoyed your AOL or AIM Mail account at some point in the past but now you want to close it down for whatever reason - be it that you chose a bad username or you simply don't use the account much anymore.

Fortunately, there are a couple of easy ways to go about this to permanently delete all your emails and personal information from your AIM account.

When you cancel your AOL account, you will permanently lose access to all of your data and content such as your emails, contacts, and calendar events.

How to Delete Your AIM Account

Here's how to manually close your AIM account, including your email account:

If you abandon your AOL account by refraining from logging in for 90 days, it might become deactivated and unusable until you reactivate it. Deleting the account as described above will permanently remove your username and all access to your account.

  1. Sign in to the AOL account termination page with your AOL or AIM user name and password.

    Make sure you read and understand the termination information before continuing with the cancellation process.

  2. Select the Continue Delete My Account button if you are sure you want to terminate your AOL or AIM Mail account.

    Continue delete my account button in AOL
  3. Enter your AOL or AIM Mail email address on the page that states We are sorry to see you go! Are you sure you want to terminate your Aol Account?

  4. Select the Yes, Terminate This Account button to proceed.

    Yes, terminate this account button on AOL
  5. Wait until a notice appears informing you that your account has been deactivated and scheduled for cancellation.

  6. Select the Got It button to complete the cancellation.

    Got it button in AOL

Recover Your AOL or AIM Mail Account

If you change your mind within 30 days of deleting your account, you can reactivate it to begin using it again.

The hold period for accounts registered in Australia, India, or New Zealand is 90 days. The hold period for accounts registered in Brazil, Hong Kong, or Taiwan is 180 days. You can reactivate these accounts within the hold period.

  1. Log into your AOL or AIM Mail account using your old user name and password.

    You might be prompted to enter a text verification code or CAPTCHA test to continue signing in.

    Continue button after sign in on AOL
  2. Set a new password by typing it into the New Password field and reentering it into the Confirm New Password field.

    Password field on AOL
  3. Select Continue to complete the recovery and access your email account. Your folders, contacts, and calendar events will still be available, as well.