Send Text Messages for Free with AIM

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An Overview of AIM

AIM Overview
AOL Instant Messenger provides many different features to allow you to easily stay in touch. AOL/AIM

Text messaging is a great way to communicate with your friends, but there may be charges incurred depending on your mobile plan. So why not take advantage of AIM to send text messages completely free of charge?

AIM, also known as AOL Instant Messenger, was one of the first online chat tools available, and in the late '90s, was the most popular chat platform in use. Since then we've seen a slew of new chat applications hit the market - including Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Skype, Kik, Telegram, and many others. AIM is still available however, providing a range of fun and interesting features that you can use to keep in touch.

In addition to being available via your web browser, AIM is also available as an app on the following platforms:

  • iOS mobile devices 
  • Android mobile devices
  • Windows computers
  • Mac computers 

Next: How to send free text messages using AIM on a web browser

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How to Send Free Text Messages Using AIM on a Web Browser

AIM: AOL Instant Messenger
Send free text messages directly from your web browser using AIM. AOL/AIM

AIM can be used directly from your web browser. Before you begin, make sure you are using one of the following browsers and that you have the latest version of it.

For more information on using AIM via a web browser, check out the AIM Help section.

How to send free text messages using AIM in a web browser:

  • Open your web browser
  • Enter "www.aim.com" into the address bar (or click this link)
  • Enter your screen name and password into the fields provided. If you don't have any AIM login, click on "Get an AIM Account" to sign up for an account.
  • Once logged in, you will see a box on the left side with the heading "Start or find a chat." Next to the heading, you'll see a mobile phone icon. Click it.
  • In the "To" field, enter the phone number of the person that you want to send a text message to, and hit the return key.
  • Enter your message in the field that is displayed under the phone number. Hit return to send it.

That's it!

Tip: Once you enter a phone number, you'll find that some menu options appear on the top right near the number you just entered. From this area, you an initiate a video call, clear your chat history, block a contact, and more.

Next: How to send free text messages using the AIM mobile app

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How to Send Free Text Messages Using the AIM Mobile App

AOL Instant Messenger
AIM can be used on a computer or via a mobile device. AOL/AIM

How to send free text messages using the AIM mobile app:

  • Make sure you are using the latest version of the AIM messenger. Tap here to update your app in the Google Play Store if you are on an Android device, or here to update your app in the Apple App Store
  • Open the app and login. Follow the prompts to set up a new account if you don't already have one. 
  • Tap on the icon at the bottom of the screen which says "New Chat."
  • Enter the phone number of the person you wish to send an SMS to.
  • In the field at the bottom of the screen, enter your message. Note that by clicking the paper clip icon next to the message you can insert a photo, audio message, or your location.

That's it! Have fun chatting on AIM!

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 8/30/16