Software & Apps MS Office How to Access AOL Email with Outlook Connect your email using the IMAP protocol by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on June 11, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Oct 06, 2020 Jon Fisher MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint Tweet Share Email 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. Select File in the Outlook top menu. In the left pane, select Info then Add Account. Enter your AOL email address and then click Connect. Enter your AOL email account password and then click Connect. Click Done. Your AOL email account is now in Outlook and will download messages in your account.