How to Access AOL Email with Outlook

Connect your email using the IMAP protocol

If you use AOL for email and Outlook to keep your schedule, maintain your to-do lists, jot down notes, and its other useful tools, you may find it helpful to have Outlook also manage your AOL email accounts. AOL provides IMAP access, a protocol that Outlook supports for sending and receiving email.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook versions 2019, 2016, and Outlook for Microsoft 365.

How to Add an AOL Email Account in Outlook

Use the Add Account feature to link your AOL email account to Outlook.

  1. Select File in the Outlook top menu.

    File menu in Outlook
  2. In the left pane, select Info then Add Account.

    Add Account button in Info panel of Account Information
  3. Enter your AOL email address and then click Connect.

    Connect button in Outlook
  4. Enter your AOL email account password and then click Connect.

    Connect button in IMAP Settings
  5. Click Done.

    Done in Outlook Add Account dialog
  6. Your AOL email account is now in Outlook and will download messages in your account.