Apple Messages - AIM Setup

This tutorial will show you how to create an AIM (AOL instant Messaging) Account, and add the account to Apple Messages (formerly iChat).


Step 1. You will need to create an AOL Instant Messenger account. Go to and click on the "Sign up" button.

Step 2. Fill out the required information on the next page. You may use your Full Sail email address, or your current email address. You can also create a username if you do not want to use your email address. To create a username click on “Or create a username.” NOTE: Please remember to save your password in a secure location. Full Sail will NOT be able to retrieve it in the event you forget what it is.

Step 3. When you reach the "Congratulations!" screen, you are finished with creating an AIM account. Quit your web browser then proceed with setting up the Messages app for chatting.

Step 4. Locate Messages (on the Dock or in your Applications folder) and launch the application by clicking on it.

Step 5. From the “Messages” menu (located on the upper left side of the screen next to the Apple menu) select “Preferences”.

Step 6. Click the “Accounts” tab and then the “+” to add a new account.

Step 7. Select "Other Message Account" for account type, and choose AIM in the window that pops up. From here, fill in the information you would use to log into This will be the existing email address that you used to create your account.


Step 8. Fill out the description box with your name (John Smith). Then continue to next step.

Step 9. While still in the Preferences, click on the “General” tab. Uncheck “Show all of my accounts in one list” then close this window.

Step 10. Click on “Window” from the menu bar and select “AIM”. Your Buddy list should now be visible.

Step 11. Click the “+” located at the bottom left of your Buddy List, then select “Add buddy”. Fill in the information then click “Add”.

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