How to Use POP3 or IMAP to Access an AOL Email Account

How to Use POP3 or IMAP to Access an AOL Email Account

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This article describes how to access your AOL email using another service provider’s email client, such as Outlook, Windows Mail, Gmail, or a variety of mobile mail apps.

  • Select an Email Program
  • Configuration for Accessing AOL With Any IMAP Email Program
  • Configuration for Accessing AOL With Any POP3 Email Program

Select an Email Program

The steps required to configure your AOL email account vary by program. How to:

  • Configure AOL Mail for Mac OS X Mail
  • Configure Mozilla Thunderbird to use AOL Mail
  • Integrate AOL Mail with Outlook
  • Integrate AOL Mail with Windows Mail

If your program is not listed above, you can access your AOL email by entering the generic POP or IMAP AOL mail settings into the program you wish to use.

Configuration for Accessing AOL With Any IMAP Email Program

To use IMAP to connect to an AOL email account, you must first ensure that your email client supports IMAP. If it does, create a new account and fill in the relevant fields with the following information to configure the email client to access AOL email.

  • AOL Mail’s IMAP server is located at imap.aol.com.
  • AOL Mail IMAP username and password: your AOL screen name
  • For AOL Mail IMAP password: This is the password for your AOL screen name.
  • IMAP port for AOL Mail: 993
  • Is SSL required for AOL Mail IMAP?

To configure outgoing mail through AOL servers, in addition to your login screen name and AOL password, enter the following information:

  • SMTP server address for AOL Mail: smtp.aol.com
  • AOL Mail SSL/TLS Port: 587
  • TLS/SSL is required for AOL Mail: Yes

Configuration for Accessing AOL With Any POP3 Email Program

If your email client does not support IMAP, you can create a POP3 account with the following settings to read your email in an account that is not affiliated with AOL:

  • AOL Mail’s POP server is located at pop.aol.com.
  • AOL Mail POP username and password: your AOL screen name
  • For AOL Mail POP password: This is the password for your AOL screen name.
  • POP port for AOL Mail: 995
  • Is SSL required for AOL Mail?

Configure outgoing AOL mail as well by entering the same screen name, password, and server information as well as the following settings:

  • AOL Mail SMTP server (outgoing mail server): smtp.aol.com
  • AOL Mail SSL/TLS Port: 587

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