What is AIM and Where Do I Access It?

Find AOL Instant Messenger for All Your Favorite Computers, Devices

Editor's note: AIM was discontinued as a service on December 15, 2017. This information remains for archival purposes only

Introduced in 1997, AIM (short for AOL Instant Messenger) is one of the world's most popular instant messaging clients. The free AIM program software lets users send instant messages to anyone on their "buddy list."

AIM also features social networking integration, photo and file sharing, video and audio chat, buddy list themes/skins and more.

AIM for Windows PC

Connect with your social networks like Twitter and Instagram.

Free Download: AIM Download

System Requirements

  • Windows 2000 or higher
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
  • 128MB RAM/512MB for enhanced multimedia features
  • Macromedia Flash
  • Microphone and speakers/headset for voice/audio chat

AIM for Mac

For Mac users, AIM for Mac offers the same features available in other versions of the instant messaging application.

Free Download: AIM for Mac Download

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 (or higher) or 10.5.3 (or higher)
  • PowerPC G4 or Intel Macintosh (minimum)
  • 256 MB of physical RAM and 40 MB of available hard disk space

AIM on the Web

For users who cannot download an instant messaging client to their computers, especially at school or work, the AIM web messenger is a great way to connect with friends. Just open your web browser, log into your AIM account and you'll find your buddies and settings available just as they are in the downloadable app.

No Download Needed: Sign In to AIM on the Web

System Requirements

  • Javascript-enabled browser
  • Adobe Flash 9.0 or higher
  • Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista or Mac OS X
  • Internet Connection

AIM Mail Chat

While you are in AIM Mail, did you know you can also send instant messages to your friends, too? With the AIM Mail chat integration, users can sign in directly to their buddy list.

No Download Needed: Sign In with AIM Mail

System Requirements

  • Javascript-enabled browser
  • Adobe Flash 9.0 or higher
  • Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista or Mac OS X
  • Internet Connection

AIM on AOL Desktop

Before AIM became its own desktop IM client, most of us connected to the instant messaging network using the AOL Desktop software. Send and receive instant messages to friends, check your AIM Mail and browse the web all in one place.

Free Download:

  • Download AOL Desktop for Windows
  • Download AOL Desktop for Mac

AV by AIM Video Chat

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AV by AIM is a free webcam site that allows you to connect with friends via video chat directly from your web browser, without needing to download any software or sign in to an IM client.

No Download Needed:

System Requirements

  • Javascript-enabled browser
  • Adobe Flash 10.3 or higher
  • Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista or Mac OS X
  • Internet Connection

AIM for iPad

AIM for iPad is an innovative client for keeping in touch with friends via IM, social networking and more. Includes location sharing on statuses, access to your AIM Lifestream and more.

Free Download: AIM for iPad Download

System Requirements

  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later
  • Requires 31.9 MB disk space

AIM App for iPhone/iPod Touch

Harness the power of instant messaging on the go with the AIM for iPhone/iPod Touch app. Recently redesigned, the new AIM for iPhone app allows you to send and receive instant messages, host group chat, share location and images, access for Facebook Chat and Google Talk, and more.

Free Download: Download AIM for iPhone/iPod

System Requirements

  • Requires iOS 8.0 or later
  • Requires 31.9 MB of disk space

AIM App for Android

As a top Android IM app, AIM for Android users can enjoy instant messaging with friends on the AIM, Facebook Chat and Google networks, group chat, chat history, photo and location sharing and more.
Free Download: AIM for Android App Download

System Requirements

  • Android 2.1 and Higher
  • 2.9MB of Disk Space

AIM for Blackberry

Blackberry users can also enjoy AIM features with their own AIM for Blackberry app.

System Requirements

  • Blackberry 4.5.0 or higher
  • 647kb Disk Space


For mobile users with an early model phone, an AIM app may not be available for your device. However, you aren't left out in the cold! The AIM for TXT service is a free option which utilizes your text message inbox to help you send and receive text-based instant messages to friends on your buddy list. SMS text messaging charges may apply.