How to Access AOL Mail on

If you have AOL as your email provider, you aren't limited to the AOL client or website to check your messages. It's easy to set up to access and download your emails from AOL. You can also reply or send messages from while using your AOL email address and identity.

Instructions in this article apply to webmail.

Person accessing AOL Mail in Outlook
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Access AOL Mail Through

Follow these steps to add your AOL email account to your email service to download incoming messages:

  1. Open a web browser and log in to your AOL Mail account.

  2. Select Options.

    AOL Mail in a web browser.
  3. Select Account Info.

    Selecting Account info in AOL Mail.
  4. In the left pane, select Account Security.

    Selecting Account security in AOL Mail.
  5. Turn on the Allow apps that use less secure sign in toggle switch.

    Viewing account security settings in AOL Mail.
  6. If prompted, log in to AOL Mail.

    AOL Mail sign in.
  7. In the CAPTCHA, select I'm not a robot, then select Continue.

    CAPTCHA verifying login in AOL Mail.
  8. Open a new browser window, go to, and log in.

  9. Select Settings (the gear icon ⚙). inbox.
  10. Select View all Outlook settings.

    Viewing settings in
  11. In the Settings window, select Mail.

    Viewing all Outlook settings in
  12. Select Sync email.

    Viewing sync email settings in
  13. In the Connected accounts section, select Other email accounts.

  14. In the Connect your account dialog box, enter your Display name, AOL Email address, and Password.

    Adding AOL details in
  15. Choose where you want your AOL to be imported. AOL mail can be imported to a new folder or to existing folders.

  16. When you've finished, select OK.

  17. Select Save and close the Settings dialog.

    Saving changed in Outlook settings in
  18. If these steps are successful, you'll receive a message that your account is connected to and your AOL inbox emails are being imported. Select OK.

This process can take a while if you have a lot of emails to download. You're not required to stay on to wait for this process to complete; it continues on the server.

Your AOL email address will appear in the Manage your connected accounts section. You'll also see the status of the email import and the time of the last update. If you need to edit any of the details for your AOL account, select the pencil icon to open the details page and update information such as your AOL account password.

Connecting another email address in

Your AOL email address will appear in the folders pane along with your inbox folders. Select the AOL folder to display the messages in your AOL inbox. If is still importing the AOL messages, not all messages may appear.

Send Messages Using Your AOL Email in

To send emails using your AOL identity in, first enable the From line in the email.

  1. Select New message.

  2. Select the 3 horizontal dots and select Show From.

    Selecting more options in a new email.
  3. Select From > Other email address.

    Entering in an alternate From address in
  4. Enter your AOL Mail email adress.

    An AOL email address has been entered in the From field in
  5. Compose and send the email.

Set AOL as the Default Outgoing Email Account can be set to use AOL as your default delivery account so that messages you send will come from your AOL account. Your AOL email address will appear in the From field by default.

To change your default outgoing email address to your address:

  1. Select Settings. inbox.
  2. Select View all Outlook settings.

    Viewing settings in
  3. Select Mail > Sync email.

    Viewing sync email settings in
  4. Select the Set default From address dropdown arrow and choose your AOL Mail account.

    Selecting an email address for the default in
  5. Select Save and close the dialog box.

    Saving changed in settings in

Email replies to messages you send from using your AOL account go to your AOL account, and they will appear in when they are imported.