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Have you been looking for AIM Chat? Your favorite chat rooms were removed earlier this fall from AOL.com, AIM.com and AIM IM clients because of a drop in chat users, according to AOL. But, you can still find AOL Chat online using the AOL Desktop 9.6 application.

But, hurry! With AIM Chat missing from AOL Desktop 10.1, it appears these chats will only stick around awhile longer.

The New Way to Use AIM Chat

In order to use AIM Chat, you will need to download AOL Desktop or launch your copy on your PC or Mac. AOL Desktop does not require a subscription when you bring your own Internet connection, and users can sign in easily with their own AIM screenname and password.

Step 1: Launch AOL Desktop and then select Community > Chat Room Listings to explore the AIM Chat directory.

Step 2: Browse through the 30 AIM Chat categories and select your desired chat room by double-clicking its title. Don't forget to scan the user-created AIM chat rooms, too, for more possibilities.

Step 3: Once your AIM chat room loads,you are ready to use AIM Chat. Use the text field and your text options to personalize the experience inside chat!

Check out our new illustrated tutorial on how to use AIM Chat rooms for more assistance.

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February 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm
(1) clydefrog says:

this article is horrible. it refers to aim chatrooms but goes on about AOL? They’re two different softwares. Aim chatrooms are still partially alive and well.

someone should rewrite this.

February 17, 2011 at 1:54 am
(2) im says:

Actually, Clydefrog, as of AIM 7, the AIM Chat rooms are no longer available. The only place you will find AIM Chat now is through AOL Desktop, but it appears that with the recent update of the software, chat rooms are now gone! Looks like AIM Chat is going to be obsolete soon!

February 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(3) clydefrog says:

actually i just checked on AIM 7. AIM 7 still supports chatrooms. In order to enter a private chat with your buddies to invite you go to Menu and click New Group Chat. I also checked AIM 7′s option of handling AIM links, and they still work. So http://aimchatdirectory.net is compatible with both old AIM versions, and the new AIM7.

January 22, 2012 at 3:25 am
(4) stupidppl says:

you can access aol chats from aim, and access aol from aol5

August 7, 2012 at 9:15 am
(5) Nizeguy says:

For many years I used the AOL desktop software, and used the chat rooms regularly. However, fustration and dismay has caused me to abandon the use of the software and the rooms.
The software is intrusive, slowing down my pc on every boot-up while it contacts the “mother ship” to download new ads and updates.
Chat room are often full of non-people whose screen names link to ads for on line advertisements, maxing out the room so real people can’t get in, and bots post messages in the the rooms in an attempt to emulate an actual person, in order to attract someone to click on their SN, which again leads only to an internet ad. And, despite numerous complaints, AOL does nothing to stop and prevent any of this.

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