Where to Find AIM Chat Rooms

AOL removed AIM Chat from AOL.com, AIM.com, and its AIM IM client due to a decrease in chat users. However, you can still find AIM chat rooms using AOL Desktop web browsing software, a free all-in-one service for desktop email, instant messaging, and browsing. If you do not have it already, download AOL Desktop.

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Launch AOL Desktop to Use AIM Chat

Requirements and Where to Find AIM Chat

After you download the AOL Desktop web browsing software, you'll need to sign up for a screen name. Both the software and the screen name are free. You don't need to subscribe to AOL's broadband or dial-up internet service.

To begin using AIM chat rooms, launch AOL Desktop on your computer. When prompted, enter your AIM screen name and password to continue. There is no charge for AIM chat room users to use AOL Desktop as long as you use your own internet connection.

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Access the AIM Chat Directory

After you sign in to AOL Desktop, you can access the AIM Chat directory by going to the Community menu and selecting Chat Room Listings or you can use the AOL keyword Chat Room Listings for a full directory of AIM Chat rooms.

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Select Your AIM Chat Room

AOL People Connection is the home of dozens of chat rooms. AIM Chat is separated into a number of distinct categories, in addition to two types: chat rooms created by AOL and chat rooms created by users. To view the AOL People Connection room list and join a public chat:

  1. Sign in to the AOL Desktop with your screen name and password.
  2. Click on Community and pick Chat Room Listings.
  3. Use your mouse to select an AIM Chat category, and double-click it to view the chat rooms in that category.
  4. Double-click the public chat room name you want to enter, or click once and select the Go Chat button to enter the AIM Chat of your choice.

To view the AIM Chat rooms created by users, select the Created by AOL Members tab, and click Enter or Start a Private Chat. Then, type the private chat room's name to join a private chat room or to set up your own private room.

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Welcome to Your AIM Chat

The Chat that you selected launches immediately.

Chat Room Rules

AOL has policies that govern chat rooms, and the company requires members to agree to the policies when they create a screen name. The rules are related to the use of appropriate language, the distribution of content, and to several types of illegal activities, such as seeking personal information from minors. Read the complete list when you sign up.

How to Change Chat Rooms

To change AIM Chat rooms, go back to the AOL People directory or click the Chat Options button inside your chat room and select Chat Room Listing to make another selection.