Sometimes you might need to access your AIM from school, a public computer, or from your workplace where IT and network restrictions might block you from downloading the app; that’s why you need to learn how to sign in from the web through this easy guide. AIM offers an IM experience similar to the app client without the stress of a download and installation. It was originally known as AIM Express, it began as a “lite” version of the application. As web technology and web-based apps have expanded, Signing In to AIM on the web has become as robust as the app while also becoming very versatile and easy to use.
How to launch AIM Express Web-Based IM Client
- Firstly, visit the AIM website, www.aim.com.
- Secondly, select the “Launch Now” button under the AIM Express promotional field.
- Thirdly, on the AIM.com website, enter your AIM screen name and password and click “Sign in” to launch AIM.
- Once logged in, you will see a layout similar to the AIM app. Your buddy list and contacts appear on the left side of the page.
Using Basic AIM Web Features
The functions and options available to you in the web-based AIM chat are much like those available in the app.
Your buddy list is to the left and is the same as those you have in your AIM app client, along with buddy groups, etc.
The menu available under your name at the top left lets you select your visibility status (e.g., Available, Away, and Invisible), options to change your name and picture, plus help and FAQs.
AIM on the Web Social Media Connections
In the lower right of the page, you have the options to connect to your other social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You may also link your Gmail account and AOL email account.
Also, you can post updates to your social media sites by clicking on “Updates” located in the upper right of the AIM client web page. Enter a message in the “What’s Up?” field and AIM will post the update to the social media sites you have connected to AIM.
AIM on the Web Settings / Signing In to AIM
You can change your AIM settings by clicking on the “Settings” link in the upper right corner of the AIM client web page.
Here you can change your password, change AIM sounds, connect third-party accounts (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), manage your privacy preferences, set up text messaging through a mobile service, and change the display style of your AIM conversations.