How to create new screen names on AOL (America Online)?
I need to create a new screen name in AOL but am not sure how to do so. Can you help me out?
First off, let me say that I don't help kids try to circumvent protections that their parents have put in place: if you're a minor and want to foil the protections your folks have created, then you'd be much, much better off just talking with them and asking for permission. There's a reason that they're watching out for you...
Having said that, let's go through the process of creating a new screen name on AOL, because if you have a parental controls screen name, you won't be able to do this anyway, and if you don't, well, then you're legit.
Log in to America Online (AOL) as usual, then choose Account Settings --> Screen Name. (I'm using a Mac for these examples, but the Windows version is almost exactly the same. On the Mac, the Account Settings option is found on the "AOL" menu).
Now you'll see something like this:
Click on the "CREATE a screen name" and you'll promptly be asked if you're creating an account for a child or not:
I'll choose "NO" here, and then get this:
As you can see, you can take one of their suggested screen names, based on pulling bits out of your profile, or you can enter one of your own. If you enter one, be warned that there are a lot of AOL users, so it's not easy to find a screen name that hasn't already been taken!
From this point, the process is pretty self-explanatory, so I won't step through any further. This should get you started in the right direction, though, and good luck to you!
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Reader Comments To Date: 449
how do I create a screen name for my son under my account?
i would like to know how you find the account settings because i can't seem to find it
I put a buddy under my buddy list.... but it always shows that he is offline even when he is online. How do I fix that? It also won't let me talk to him.... or he talk to me.
i am a new user and need my own aol account
Question: How do I delete all of my previously used screen names.....in other words....I do not want to restore them....I want to delete the ones I'm being asked that I can restore?????
Thank you for your time.
how do i creat a new screen name at verizon yahoo.com please help thank you
i need help sign on my screename please help
I let someone sign on his screename for AIM on my computer. I have auto Login and now I need to load my screen name back, how do I do that if I have auto login?
Thanks for your help.
I hope you can help me! I am trying to add a screen name to my account but it wont let me. This has been an existing problem for the past week since we cancelled our previous master screen name. ADeshong8 is now our master screen name but it still wont let us add one. When I go to Keyword:names, it tells me that I must sign on with an AOL screen name, which I am. Tech support has no idea whats going on or how to fix it so Im hoping you can help. Thanks, Amanda
since i have aol where do i go to change my aim screen name without changin my aol screenname?
i wat to create a screennames for aol and i want to know where you go do i cancreate a password and a screennames thank you for your help
how can i change another screenames password with the aster screename,please help me out
i am trying to put add two more screen names to my account and it want let me do it so please help me thanks mike
I have a house in the country with my old computer and I have a new house in town.
The town house I can have AOL DSL, but in the country house it has to be dialup. Do I need two accounts, one for in town and one for in the country?
Granny, I would call and talk with the AOL account folk. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they have an option where you get both DSL and a dialup for the same account, at a reduced rate.
I still can't create a screen name on my computer and I have a 16 year old, a 12 year old and a 19 year old and I don't want any of them to sign in under my screen name so e-mail me when you can help me.
I am trying to create a new aol screen name for myself and it gets to the screen where it says what is your security question. When I click on the questions there aren't any and it wont let me create a screen name until I do that. What do I do?
Shylee, are you logged in to a parental controlled screen name, or are you on a master screen name? That might make a big difference.
I'm trying to create a new screen name on AOL 9.0 Optimized, but there is one problem. It asks for a security question, known as an ASQ, but where it says to select a security question, there are no questions, making it impossible to add screen names. My family and I can't figure it out, we've only made one screen name, which is the primary name, but since he has no ASQ, we can't select one for him. Please help.
I am also having the same ASQ problem. I have an Account Security Question set-up (verified by calling aol billing) but if I try to add a screen name for my daughter it says I do not have one and i need to create one. The main problem is there are NO questions in the list to pick from. Tech support is of NO help at all and this has been happening for well over a week. Its hard to believe it would take aol that long to fix a server issue. any ideas?
I need help creating screen names I'm the master screen name of this account but i cant seem to make other name because they said that im signed on as guess. How do i fix this problem.
hey im trying to put another screen name for my brother and i dont know if u could help me with that .. it would be great...
yea uh hey dave,
i just started a new account and my daughter wants a screename,but when i go to create hers i go to search and put in new screename but when i do that it gives me a blank page. so dave hpw am i suppose to set up new screenames? plssss help me!!!!!!!!!!
THIS WAS NOT AT ALL HELPFUL !!!!! ALL THAST I NEED IS INFO FOR SETTING UP AN ADDITIONAL SCREEN NAME. IT USED TO BE EASY, NOW YOU HAVE ALL THIS GARBAGE TO GO THROUGH!!!!!
Is there a website that I can rely on to create an AIM acount for AOL for my son?
I`m not at all a computer wiz but I accidently put parental controls on my sons computer. I don`t have the time to take it off so is there a way to give my son AIM without taking the parental controls off?
look i go to screen names but the site never shows up. what can i do?
I am trying to set up two new screen names
All would like to is how to put in screen names.If anyone can tell me how to do it.It would be helpfull and appreative. Think you
how do i move a screen name from a existing screen name (note a master name ) to another existing aol account
Rick, you can't do that, last I talked with the AOL folk. Sorry!
The Answer To Security Question Can't Be Located. Why?I'm Trying Tto Create A New Screen Name.Can You Help?
I have a question ..I have been trying to add a screenname to my account for almost 2 weeks now and everytime I try it says error in a pop up...it goes back and forth saying screenname service and error and then after a minute or so it just stops and says the site is unavailable .try again..
Any ideas as to why???
Its going on 2 weeks that its been like this...
OK! i have downloaded AIM before...but i had to delete it because it was causing problems with my computer. Well i need to kno how to get it back without losing my screen name or my buddy list. So basically i juss want AIM back!
I go to screen names under settings. There is nothing on aol screen names to click. The page will come up it says it's done but there are no arrows, no pictures nothing. I can't even create a child's screen name. I just want to create another screen name for my room mate to use please help.
how can you create your own email address and screen name on american online.com for free?
I am trying to restore an old screen name and went to 'restore screen names'...and it wasn't there...AOL rep tells me you cant restore them after 6 months...they go out so other people can use them...I then emailed it and it said it was an 'unknown account' so obvioulsy no one else is using it. I then tried to make a new screenname out of the old one(same name)...it said it was already in use...so if i cant restore it and nobody else has it, why can't I get it back?
If i dont have a exsisting AOL screen name how do i make one??
thanks a lot!!
How do i change me screen name.
The master account is unable to get into to change any of the other screen names. is there a way to recover old passwords?
after i followed your direction the screen wasnt so i couldnt make a screen name so wats the problem ?
THERE HAD BEEN A PROBLEM WITH ACCESSING (creating and deleting) AOL SCREENNAMES FOR 3 months. THE TECHS have no clue what he prob is. Do you?
1. settings> screen names, comes up blank when done.
2. create screen names under favorite used to work but no more.
3. typing aolscreennames in the browser used to work also but no more.
thankyou for helping me with my new screename
i dont have aol, but i need aim to talk with my friends. can i stil get one without getting aol?
Dave I thankyou for all your help for teaching me .How to get a screen name.ThankYou SHARON CRUTCHER
hey i have an aim sn but i cant get it too work on an aol sn what do i do ?
Hi,I changed my screen name but it does not show up on the sign in screen. Every time I am forced to click "GUEST" and I can't use all the AOL features when I'm on as a guest. Please help.
Hey there my problem is that my friend has an aol acoount and I live with him and have never had an aol account before. Now that I am trying to get online with his pc I have to go through his account.....I need my own!!! How do I do this.
Hey Dave i was wondering if u could put up the directions to get a new sn for aol 9.0 because when i try to create a sn it is totaly different from the photos u have posted.
whenever i try to find account settings i can never find it, and when i go to a different site to get a new sn the norton internet security always comes up. wat do i do?
I am very frustrated with aol it used to be a simple to change your screen name now I cant even find where I am suposed to click to alter them.
i already have an email adress with aol but i would like to create one for my daughter how do i do that
I do not know how to change my sn.....so please help me!!! thanks,
my old screen name was email@example.com then i put the new one which is cristylove44 aol has the other screen name as the primary for billing what do i do?
i dont get why u cant ckic make screnn name i still need help!!!
I have had a LOT of problems lately with my pc crashing, service providers, and a bunch of stuff in between. Now that I had a new hard drive installed I am changing everything around, so I went with aol as my online proveder- well, I have a pogo membership that I am paying for that I opened when I had a different provider, I need to add that name to my aol sign on list but it won't let me- it says sorry that name is already being used. I know this, it's my name! How do I get it set up to where I can log in to aol with that name?
i can't get to the screenname page where you can delete and create screennames. i go to the account settings and click on screennames and all that but still nothing happens.the page just comes up blank. what can i do?
Hi. I would like to keep my screen name but I would like to have another one. How do I do this?
Something happened to my buddy list on all of my screen names they disappeared. I can't find them. Can you tell me what happened.
Hi umm...well i'm having a hard time making a new screen name i looked at your advice but miine doesn't show account screename i have a gateway computer not a mac and i dont know how to make a new screename can you help me???
OK well i really need help! i try to create a new s/n by going into Settings on the AOL toolbar. Then i get to a page and i click parental controls. Then i get to a page and i click Create your childs screen name. I click it and then the page comes up. It says its done, but nothing comes up except a blank white page and i cannot find any other way to create a name. Please try and help me!! THANKS
i love this thanx u helped me alot~!
I would like to add a screen name. How do I do this?
I have 2 spanish screen names that are showing up as primary screen names on my account. I have to sign in as a guest. How do I get rid of these?
im an aol member so how do i change my screen name
I would like to just sign on PLEASE
WHY, when i try to add a screenname, the AOL screenname page says DONE at the bottom left, but nothing comes up on the page?? I only have a master screenname, and i cant seem to add another, and its really irking me, as AOL does with you......
I STARTED THIS ACCOUNT AT A DIFFERENT ADDRESS AS A GUEST. WHEN I LEFT I WAS ABLE TO USE IT AT THE NEW ADDRESS. MY FRIEND JUST DELETED MY ACCOUNT OFF HIS ACCOUNT AND NOW I CANT GET ONLINE.... WHY? YOU CAN SEND A MESSAGE TO VSPATRICK4@AOL.COM
My mom said she can delet her screen name so i can have another one. But we both do not now how to delet a screen name??? PLEASE HELP USE!!
I already have a screen name, but I want to add it to my new computer. How do I add it without it saying that the acount already exsists because its my account?
I keep tring 2 set up a screen name but when I go to key word sreen names it goes to a screen that sais screen name services and doesnt put up the form just a sreen with whit with the blue border what do I do
ok, i have aol on windows. i click create knew screen name. Then it asks "What school do you go to". I put in the name of my school and it said "information is invalid". What the heck do i do??
no comment I just need a screen name
I can not figure out how to add a screen name to my account. I can not find account settings or screen names anywhere on my main page of my aol.
When I follow your instructions I get to the settings main page and when I click on screen names i get a list that say create on it. I click on create and it goes into a page that will not open up. I need my daughter to have her own screen name and i will not work. I have been trying for a week to do this and i am getting upset with aol.
i need help
i need to change my aim passwords but i dont remember the answer to my security question how do i find it out
I cannot get the screen name page to open . I have done it before to delete and add a new screen name , but now it wont even open . Can you please help me with this ?
Thanks so much .
Please help. AOL gave me a screen name and password for my first e-mail acct. I put in another screen name and password for a second acct. I cannot pull up the second one. What did I do wrong? Also, how do I set up separate address books? Thank you.
thank you know what do i go to to creat one i tryed ever where for one
We have had two AOL accounts and two phone lines for years! We connected with broadband, and dropped my account (MsGizmmo) and kept husbands acct. TShawjr,, my Question, how do I get those names on my computer, so I don't always have to sign on as a guest! I called Tech service yesterday and everything he told me to do, did not work, Hope you can help me??
I am trying to get a new screen name. But everytime i try it says the website is not found or action canceled. It's making me mad. And I don't know how to fix it.
i like my screename alot but i want two screenames i can't seem to figure out how u get another one anyways if u can help me it will work out very well
what site do i go 2 change my screen name.i want something that mi want 4 get
How do I Reset my ASQ on Aol?
How do i find peoples screen names
Why can't i add another sn? I tried but when it asks for my ASQ the questions never show up, so what am i supposed to do?
im under my fathers account and im trying to get my own screen names under him for myself and i can't seem to do it
i need to make a new screen name but i dont remember my security question. what do i do?
I have a screen name on another account that I shared with my x-husband. I want to switch it to my current account. How do I do this?
There is a way within AOL that you can convert a screen name into its own account. The best solution I have is for you to call AOL tech support and ask them to help you out. Remember, if you are reticent enough about keeping the service, they'll offer you a $9.99/month subscription plan, rather than the default $22/mo program. Just keep saying "well, I want my own screen name, but AOL is so expensive, I just don't know why I would keep it anyway..." and good luck!
I'm trying to change mt daughters screen name. When i get to the screen name page, it is blank. I've tried several ways to open it. I am the primary screen name on this account. I can delete ok but not add. I only have two screen names at this time on my account. Help.
i have a question? how can i start my own screen name right here at aol?
How do I sign up to get a screen name and also check my mail?
I need help i hate my screen name right now i need a cute new one! any ideas?
I keep tryin to create another screen name but when I try to a new page comes up but then nothing happens.What should i do?
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