How to Access AOL Mail on Outlook.com

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

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Online.

Access AOL Mail Through Outlook.com

Before you add your AOL email to Outlook.com, allow Outlook to access your AOL email. Then, set up AOL email in Outlook.com.

Follow these steps to add your AOL email account to your Outlook.com 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 Outlook.com, and log in.

  9. Select Settings (the gear icon ⚙).

    Outlook.com inbox.
  10. Select View all Outlook settings.

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

    Viewing all Outlook settings in Outlook.com.
  12. Select Sync email.

    Viewing sync email settings in Outlook.com.
  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 Outlook.com.
  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 Outlook.com.
  18. If these steps are successful, you'll receive a message that your account is connected to Outlook.com 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 are not required to stay on Outlook.com to wait for this process to complete; it continues on the server. You can close the browser and turn off the computer.

Your AOL email address appears in the Manage your connected accounts section. You will 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 Outlook.com.

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

Send Messages Using Your AOL Alias

To send emails using your AOL identity in Outlook.com, 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 Outlook.com.
  4. Enter your AOL Mail email account.

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

Set AOL as the Default Outgoing Email Account

Outlook.com 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 aol.com address:

  1. Select Settings.

    Outlook.com inbox.
  2. Select View all Outlook settings.

    Viewing settings in Outlook.com.
  3. Select Mail > Sync email.

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

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

    Saving changed in settings in Outlook.com.

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