What are the best alternatives to AOL Instant Messenger?

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    #1Telegram

    Telegram

    Telegram is a simple, fast and secure messaging app that allows your messages to be synced across all of your devices. Telegram is particularly useful for sending files and media as there is no filesize limit on what you can send.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Louis Valdez
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "I love telegram! In my work it is indispensable to have have all my messaob my various devices. Work computer, home computer, tablet, and smartphone my messages are available and saved on all these devices. I am much more productive and efficient. Must try!"
  2. 11

    #2Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts comes with every Android app, is also available on iOS and can also be used on a PC or laptop. It has messaging features as well as group conference calls, online chat gaming, and VoIP calls to landlines. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Parakram Verma
    Written on October 7, 2017
    "I use Google hangouts all the time and love it. Its a great alternative to many other messenger services out there. the uses and functions are limitless for this program. I would definitely recommend hangouts to everyone I talk to. Get it!"
  3. 9

    #3Trillian

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging software for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, tablets and mobile devices which keeping your chats neatly synchronized between all of them.

    Software

    Windows, Android, iOS, Mac

    Free- month. Varies by plan. Free Trial Available

    Jennifer Soto
    Written on October 10, 2017
    "Trillian is a great chat tool for business and is known in professional circles, so it doesn't feel inappropriate to use it with clients. AOL was definitely too casual of a chat application for work."
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    #4Pidgin

    Pidgin
    Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client that lets you connect to AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, and Zephyr all at once. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Billy Coleman
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "Pidgin is a great alternative to AOL instant messenger. It can use a variety of instant messaging networks to send messages. While it does support instant messenger through AOL, that part will be shut down, but you can use it to send messages through the other networks."
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    #5E-chat

    E-chat

    E-chat can be a good alternative for the instant messaging app AOL now that it has been discontinued. Some of its greatest features is that it counts with English and Chinese version and allows you to give and receive funds easily. 

    Apps

    Website, iOS, Android

    Free

    William Brooks
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "I was feeling nostalgic and wondering if anyone ever came out with a replacement for AOL Instant Messenger. E-chat is closest thing I can find, I just wish more people used it."
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    #6Skype

    Skype
    Skype is an online communication tool for videocalls, voice call, voice chatting and instant messenger services. You can use it for a wide range of needs, like calling your friends abroad,  voice chat and team chat for gaming, or many other necessities.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Evelyn Cox
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Skype connects you all over the world. It allows for video conferencing and business meetings, which is included in Office 365. It also allows families and friends to connect with a touch of a button. You can also use SKYPE to call regular phone numbers for your family member who does not have the internet, or the business that does not SKYPE. SKYPE is the way to connect. "
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    #7Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook has a separate messaging app to run alongside its social network service called Messenger. It has loads of free stickers, animated GIFs, voice, and video calling and it even can even be set as your default SMS app.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Android

    Free

    Jeffrey Hicks
    Written on October 7, 2017
    "Everyone uses Facebook, instantly taking a dump on AOL messenger. It died years ago to be reborn by the biggest social media site in the world. Facebook messenger is by no means perfect, but a great alternative to AOL instant messenger for sure."
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    #8Adium

    Adium
    Adium is a free messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, XMPP (Jabber), ICQ, IRC and more and is very similar to google chat. Use this similar Google Chat client on your Apple device.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Ryan Rose
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "I have an iPhone and I was looking for a new messaging app. I particularly wanted an open sourced type that would connect well with google hangouts and twitter. Fortunately I found Adium. It is perfect for a Mac OS operating system. It is super easy to use and my friends have already started to adopt it . There are plenty of nice features and the GUI is really attractive. "

Summary

Best What are the best alternatives to AOL Instant Messenger
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1TelegramApps 15 Free
2Google HangoutsApps 11 Free
3TrillianSoftware 9 Free
4PidginSoftware 8 Free
5E-chatApps 7 Free
6SkypeSoftware 3 Free
7Facebook MessengerApps 2 Free
8AdiumSoftware 2 Free
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