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How to Close Your AIM Mail Account

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Maybe it was all just a mistake. What were you thinking when you chose that screen name for your AIM Mail account?

But however appalling your mistake may be, it is easily matched by AOL's: they forgot to include a way to close your AIM Mail account and cancel the screen name. No matter why you want to get rid of your AIM Mail account, to a certain extent you're stuck with it.

Fortunately, you can virtually erase it. Delete all personal information as well as all existing emails, and have an auto-responder let senders know about your new preferred address.

After you have not logged on to your AIM Mail account for six months, it will be deleted automatically.

Close Your AIM Mail Account

To close your AIM Mail account, so far as this is possible:

  • Log in to the AOL screen name service.
  • Click Edit under Display Name.
  • Enter something generic, maybe "###".
  • Click Submit.
  • Follow the Edit link under Contact E-Mail Address.
  • Enter something generic.
  • Click Submit.
  • Follow the Edit link under ZIP Code.
  • Type "00000".
  • Click Submit.
  • Open AIM Mail.
  • Delete all emails.
  • Do not access your AIM Mail account for 6 months.
    • In the meantime, you can have an auto-responder let all people who contact you at the AIM Mail account know about your new email address.
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