How to Import AIM Contacts

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AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is an application that allows users to communicate instantly over the Internet via text messaging. It is similar to other instant messaging programs, such as Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. If you want to import your AIM contacts into another messenger application or software program, you must first export a copy of the contacts from AIM, then use the import tool of the new application to import the contacts.

Export and Save Your AIM Contacts

  • Launch the AIM application, and then log into the service. Click "Menu," and then select "AIM" from the drop-down list. Click "Save Buddy List." The "Save Buddy List for (your name)" window will open. For "your name" use your AIM user name.

  • Select the check-boxes next to the groups of contacts you want to export, and then press the "Save" button. The "Save your Buddy List" window will open.

  • Navigate to the location on your computer where you want to save the AIM contacts file. Type a name for the file in the "File Name" box. Save the file in a format that can be imported by the destination program. Do this by selecting a file format from the drop-down box next to "Save as type." Click the "Save" button.

Import the AIM Contacts File

  • Launch the destination application or program. Many applications have an "Import" feature that allows files to be imported into the software. Windows Live Messenger and Microsoft Excel are two examples of programs with an "Import" feature.

  • Click "File," and then "Import" or "Import files" from the drop-down list. The programs will all have different versions of the word "Import." It may be a single word or a phrase containing "Import."

  • Navigate to the AIM contacts file on your hard drive, then double-click it. The contacts will be automatically imported into the application.

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