We have already talked about how you can keep your AOL mailbox organized by creating folders and moving emails into them. Today, we’re going to look at one folder in particular, which can be used to save important messages in AOL Mail. The folder is called “Saved Mail”, and it comes by default with your email account (in other words, you don’t have to create it yourself).
So, whether you don’t have any need to create more specific folders or you simply have some important messages that you want to save but don’t quite fit in any other folder, this “Saved Mail” option may be what you need.
In the navigation sidebar on the left side of the screen is where you can find the “Saved Mail” folder. It is the first option under the “Folders” heading in this menu. This is what we will be working with throughout the course of this tutorial.
If you have not moved any messages to “Saved Mail” before, then when you click on the folder name, this is what you will see:
There are two easy ways to save important messages in AOL Mail, and we’ll go over both of them step by step in this post. The first is from an open email that you are reading, and the second is from your inbox’s main view.
How to save an open message in AOL Mail
Let’s say that you have opened up an email you received in AOL, and once you read it, you realize that it is a message that you would like to save for future reference. Now, if you already have a personal folder that you have created where this email could go, that is always an option. If not, you can simply move it to “Saved Mail” for easy access later.
To do this, with the important email open in read-view, find the button near the top of the screen that says “More” with a small downward arrow. This button opens up a menu of additional actions you can perform on this message.
After clicking on “More”, scroll down in the options menu to the “Move to:” section. Here, click on “Saved Mail”. This will move the open email from your AOL inbox into the Saved Mail folder.
Once moved, you will be automatically taken back to your inbox. A notification will pop up letting you know that the message was successfully moved, with the option to quickly undo this action. As you can see, the message that I moved no longer appears in my list of emails there.
However, if you return to the “Saved Mail” folder as we did in the introduction, you will find that the email is now there instead.
How to save important messages from your AOL Mail inbox
Sometimes, you can tell an email is important and needs to be saved even before you open it. In AOL Mail, you do not need to have a message open in order to move it to another folder, and this includes the “Saved Mail” folder. In fact, the steps are almost exactly the same as in the previous section.
Like before, you will use the “More Actions” button to move the email. The difference here is that you must first select the message you wish to save by marking the checkbox next to it. (You can also move multiple messages at once this way by checking all of their boxes). Once your desired message is selected, click on the “More” button at the top of the screen.
Doing this will open a dropdown menu of actions you can take. Scroll down until you reach the “Saved Mail” option under the heading “Move to:”. Click on this to move the selected message or messages from your AOL Mail inbox into the Saved Mail folder.
The message you moved will now disappear from your inbox, and you should see a small notification telling you which folder it was moved to, with the option to undo.
You can access the saved message at any time now by clicking on “Saved Mail” in the left navigation menu.
Saving important messages in AOL Mail helps you keep track of everything, but what about unwanted messages? Make sure you read our next post on how to mark emails as spam and delete them in AOL.
There is no rule saying you have to put contacts in your address book in order to stay in touch with them via AOL Mail, but it is a convenient way to keep them organized. Plus, it is a useful place to store useful information about people that you might otherwise forget. When it comes to instant messenger applications like AIM, however, the normal thing to do is to add contacts to your list so you can always see who’s online to chat with.
In today’s tutorial, we’ll go over how to add contacts to both AOL Mail and AIM instant messenger. And, because anything can happen, we’ll also talk about how to delete contacts from both of these services.
To get started, make sure you are signed in to AOL Mail so that you can see the left sidebar that is used for email navigation.
How to add contacts in AOL Mail
When logged in to your AOL account, you can easily access your address book of contacts at any time by finding the section labeled “Contacts” in the left sidebar.
As you can see, my address book is empty because I haven’t added any contacts yet. When you have added people to your AOL contacts, though, they will appear here, with whatever information you have provided for them: name, email address, AIM screen name, phone number, etc.
To add a new contact in AOL Mail, click on the button near the top of the address book that looks like a little person with a “+” sign.
In the “New Contact” form, you can add any and all information that you have about the person you want to save to your AOL address book. This will usually include at least their first name and email address, which would be the bare minimum for keeping track of who everybody is. If you have a nickname for them, or want to add a note to help you remember (e.g. how you met), that can go in the “Nickname” field. To add them on AIM chat as well, if you know their screen name, you can enter it in the “AIM” field. And so on and so forth…
As an example, I’ll add my mom as a contact. First, I’ll enter “Mom” as her first name (no last name necessary, of course). And in the “Email 1” field, I’ve typed in the email address I use to communicate with her. When I have added all the information I want to add, I will finish the process by clicking on the “Add Contact” button at the bottom of the form.
You will now see the new contact you have added as it will appear whenever you access it from your address book. (The picture was set by default, but you can add one of your own if you prefer).
Now, if you return to your AOL Mail address book by clicking on the “Contacts” link in the left menu just like before, you can see that your newly added contact appears there. Once you have added more contacts, they will also be shown here as a list.
You can then access any one of them to send email, edit information, etc. by clicking on them in the list view.
How to delete contacts in AOL Mail
If you ever need to delete a contact from your address book in AOL Mail, it’s very easy to do. You can do it from two different places: your address book list view, or the detailed contact page for the specific person you want to delete.
For example, if you are looking at your entire AOL address book, you can select one or multiple contacts to delete from this list view. All you have to do is mark the check box next to the contact or contacts you don’t want in your address book anymore, and then click on the little trash can icon at the top of the screen to delete them.
You can also click on a contact to view their detail page, and use the same trash can icon to delete them from there.
How to add contacts in AIM chat
Update: As of December, 2017, AOL is finally calling AIM toast. Officially. For good. But it was nice while it lasted!
Adding a new contact in AIM instant messenger is very easy and quite similar to other instant messenger programs you might have used.
First, log in to AIM so that you can see the main screen with your buddy list.
From there, you should see a blue bar near the top of the buddy list that says “CONTACTS”. To the right of that bar, there is a “+” sign. Click on this plus sign.
This will open up a small dropdown menu. Click on the first option, “Add AIM Contact”.
Now, you should see a small pop-up window appear where you can enter the contact information for your new buddy. You can use their screen name, email address or mobile phone number, so long as it is something they have associated with their AIM account.
When you enter this information, AIM will search its database of users to find the person you are looking for. As an example, I’ve gone and entered the screen name I used for AIM back in the day (for an account of that adventure, check out our introduction post here).
Once I see my name appear as the new contact that will be added, I can go ahead and click on the “Add” button.
Finally, you will get a confirmation pop-up that the new contact has been added to your AIM messenger buddy list.
How to delete contacts from AIM buddy list
Deleting a contact from AIM messenger is even easier than adding one! If you are logged in to AIM and looking at your buddy list, deleting a contact can be done in just two clicks.
First, locate the contact in your AIM buddy list. Their name will be listed under whatever group they belong to in your list (Buddies, Family, Co-Workers, etc.) if they are currently online. If not, it will be under the heading “Offline”.
Now, move your mouse cursor over their name. You should see a small “X” appear to the right. Click on it to delete the contact.
You will get a pop-up asking you to confirm that you really want to delete this person. If you are sure, click “Yes”. The contact should no longer appear in your buddy list.
Now, you know how to easily manage your contacts in AOL Mail and AIM chat! In order to manage your email effectively, make sure you check out our next post on saving important messages in AOL Mail.
80s and 90s kids, or anyone who was over the age of 13 in the year 2006 or so, hold on to your hats, because I have some potentially mind-blowing news for you. “You’ve got mail!” And your Buddy List from yesteryear may very well still exist. AOL Mail and AIM Chat are alive and well, but with a completely new concept that puts it on the same level as today’s most popular online and mobile platforms, like Gmail and Yahoo.
Now, maybe it’s just me because I live under a rock, but I had resigned myself to the fact that the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) from my teenage years had died and vanished into the cyber ether. But, it turns out that AOL still exists, along with AOL Mail and AIM chat. Fortunately, we have all moved past the days of using AOL to connect to the internet via dialup (for those of you who remember what that was).
So, in case you, like me, had filed AOL and AIM Mail away as a relic of the past, this article will serve as an introduction to the “New AOL Mail”. We’ll talk about the new AOL portal, the free services and features from AOL, what the new AOL Mail can do, how to resurrect AIM chat, and more.
New AOL Mail portal
The new AOL Mail is part of an entire online portal, much like the Yahoo! portal. As a matter of fact, it is now owned by the same company as Yahoo, along with Verizon Wireless and several other brands. If you are a Yahoo user or at least familiar with their homepage and services, aol.com is very similar these days. Here’s a snap of a portion of the new portal as it appeared today:
As you can see, there are some icons in the left toolbar which serve as shortcuts to the most important tools and services, including AOL Mail, Search, Sign In or Register, News, etc. At the top of the page, there is a search bar that allows you to search the internet using AOL’s search engine.
There is also a page called “AOL MyBenefits” which shows you different features and services available to you through your AOL account. The benefits you see here when you are signed in to your account may vary depending on if you have a paid plan or not.
Finally, there is a “Discover AOL” section, which displays all the products and services offered. You can filter by the type of product or service, including the ability to only display free options.
Features of the new AIM and AOL Mail
Today’s incarnation of AOL Mail and AIM are comparable to any other modern email and chat services. AOL has integrated AIM chat into its mail interface, so you can easily send instant messages right from your email and keep everything organized in one place.
There are also mobile apps for AOL Mail and AIM, which allows you to stay in touch with everyone without having to pay for text messages. If you use Wi-Fi instead of your mobile data plan, the messages you send through the AIM mobile app are almost always free.
Sign in for AOL Mail and AIM
If you already have an AOL account, you can sign into it by simply going to aim.com. Alternatively, you can go to the aol.com home page and try to access your AOL Mail there, which will redirect you to a sign in page if you aren’t already logged in. We’ll go over the process of how to log in and out of your AOL EMail or AIM account in detail in a separate tutorial.
Creating a new AOL Mail or AIM account
If you don’t have an AOL email yet, creating a new AOL Mail or AIM account (they function the same way, so if you create one, it does double duty) is very easy. If you go to the same web address indicated in the last section, aim.com, you’ll see that at the bottom of the sign in form there is a link that says “Get an AIM account”.
Another alternative, just like with login options, is to try to access AOL Mail from the aol.com homepage. The sign in form that you will be taken to will have a link that says “Get a Free Username”.
In both cases, you’ll be taken to a registration form that looks something like the image below. If you need a little extra help with the sign up process, we’ll walk through it step by step in another tutorial.
One important note about the new AOL Mail: If you create an email account with AOL, it has an expiration date. Meaning, if you don’t use your account for 90 days, it could be deactivated. Furthermore, if your account is inactive for 180 days, your entire account and everything attached to it could be deleted. That includes shared media, messages, everything associated with your AOL Mail screenname or email address.
Recovering an old AIM screenname for the new AOL Mail
Now, before you go creating a new AIM account, it might be interesting to take a moment and mentally stroll down memory lane. Did you use AOL Mail or AIM instant messenger in the past? Most of us in the United States who are of a certain age did. And I suspect that most of us assumed that our old screennames died along with AIM, purged from some remote server, never to be seen again.
Well, it turns out that this isn’t necessarily true. If you have the proverbial memory of an elephant, as I apparently do (or else very poor password security practices), you might be able to recover your AIM username from ancient history. It’s worth a try, if you’re interested in the cyber archeological dig site of your life from before smartphones were a thing.
I will admit, I fully expected this to not work, especially after learning that new AOL Mail accounts are automatically deleted after 180 days of inactivity. But in the interest of science, and despite having closer to 3,300 days of inactivity on AIM, I gave it a try.
The information was still valid, so I clicked on “Looks good!” (And yes, that is the dorky chat icon I chose as a teenager. Don’t judge.)
It then took me to a screen where I had the option to import contacts from Google Chat. I opted to skip this step by clicking on “Next” without clicking on “Connect to add Google Chat”.
Finally, the new AIM gave me a quick snapshot of the new interface, which has, of course, been updated to fit in better with the expectations of today’s internet users. In my eagerness, I skimmed over this a bit too quickly to really take it all in, but we’ll talk about everything in depth in a future article.
And then, lo and behold, I was in the new AIM. The new AIM, but with my old buddy list, still labeled “My Buds”, the name I gave it because I didn’t have any reason to narrow it down by groups. Unsurprisingly, all my buddies from 2007 and prior were offline.
This happened to work for me; your mileage may vary. I can’t promise that your decade-old AIM account is still preserved in some dusty corner of an AOL server, even if you can remember the password. But even if it doesn’t work for you, it is a fun experiment. If all your recovery efforts are in vain, you can simply create a new account on AOL Mail and use it for AIM.
That’s it for our very general introduction to the new AOL Mail and AIM chat. We will go into more detail about the most important features of this platform in future posts. Make sure you check out our next tutorial on how to create a new AOL Mail account if you don’t have one already!