How to Access Your AIM Mail Account via POP or IMAP

Read your AOL emails in another client

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AIM Mail IMAP and POP access let you set up your email in any email program on a computer or device.

Instructions in this article apply to AOL Mail (formerly AIM Mail) on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Mac OS X or newer.

On the Web, Almost Like on the Desktop

AIM Mail is wrapped in a distinctly friendly, fun and functional web-based interface at mail.aim.com. With drag-and-drop functionality, new mail announcements, and other features, AIM Mail feels a lot like a desktop application.

But desktop software it is not.

On the Desktop, Still Faster: IMAP and POP Access

If you miss the speed, richness in features and offline access of a desktop email client, AIM Mail has very practical solutions that get you the best of both worlds: IMAP and POP access.

AIM Mail IMAP access lets you see all the folders and message you see on the web in the same manner in your desktop email program. If you read a message in the email client, it will be marked read on the web and vice versa. Everything works seamlessly and stays in sync without effort. Now here's how to set up all this beauty.

Access AIM Mail in Your Email Program: Program-Specific Instructions

For detailed instructions, select your email program:

Follow the instructions below if your program is not on the list.

Access Your AIM Mail Account in Your Email Program via IMAP: General Settings

Use IMAP settings to access your free AIM Mail account in any email program.

  1. Make sure your email program can access IMAP accounts.

  2. Enter imap.aol.com for the IMAP (incoming mail) server.

  3. Enter your AOL Mail login name for the IMAP login.

  4. Enter your AOL password for the IMAP password.

  5. Select yes for IMAP SSL/TLS required.

  6. Enter 993 for the IMAP port.

  7. Enter smtp.aol.com for the Outgoing mail server (SMTP).

  8. Enter 465 for the SMTP port.

  9. Complete the setup in your email application.

    Screenshot of AOL Mail IMAP account settings in Outlook

Access Your AIM Mail Account in Your Email Program via POP: General Settings

If you prefer to download all mail and keep it locally on your computer, POP access might be right for you.

To download mail from your AIM Mail account into your email program using POP:

  1. Enter pop.aol.com for the POP (incoming mail) server.

  2. Enter your AOL email address for your AOL Mail login name.

  3. Enter your AOL password for the POP password.

  4. Select yes for POP SSL/TLS required.

  5. Enter 995 for the POP port.

  6. Enter smtp.aol.com for the Outgoing mail server (SMTP).

  7. Enter 465 for the SMTP port.

  8. Complete the setup in your email application.

    Screenshot of POP account settings for AOL Mail account in Outlook