How to Change AOL's You've Got Mail

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How to Change AOL's You've Got Mail
AOL has gone under a recent rebranding as a content provider. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

The most recognisable aspect of AOL is the sound alert: "You've Got Mail!", which was so recognisable that a late-'90s romantic comedy used the phrase as its title. Despite being an identifying trademark, the AOL client program allows a user to change this sound to whatever they wish. AOL as an Internet interface or client has been superseded as a way to interact with the Internet, but it still enjoys use as a free supplement to regular Internet use.

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Things you need

  • AOL Client 9.0 (or higher)

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  1. 1

    Install and sign onto the AOL client. Go to the AOL keyword bar and type "Manage Personalities."

  2. 2

    Click the "Environment" tab, then click on the "AOL Sounds" bar. Click "Change" next to "AOL Sounds: You've Got Mail," then select "Use a sound on my PC."

  3. 3

    Locate and click on the file you want to replace the "You've Got Mail" sound. Note that the file has to be a .wav format file that is under 60kb. Click the "X" to save and exit.

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