Access Your AOL Email Using Apple's Mail

Access Your AOL Email Account Without Using a Web Browser

Adding AOL Mail Account
Apple Mail includes an assistant for creating an AOL mail account. Screen shot courtesy of Coyote Moon, Inc.

Do you have found memories of hearing "You've Got Mail" whenever you logged into AOL? Then you should be happy to know that your AOL mail can be accessed from within your Mac using Apple's Mail app.

Although it was once a closed system, AOL now offers a very popular web-based email service. All you need to access an AOL email account is an Internet connection and a web browser, which makes it an especially handy service for frequent travelers.

When you're at home, though, you may find it annoying to keep both the Mail app and a web browser open, just to make sure you receive all of your daily email. It's much easier to use a single application, and it certainly makes keeping your mail organized a much easier task.

You can create an account in Mail specifically for accessing AOL email; no browser necessary. Here's how:

If You Use Mail 3.x or Later

  1. Select 'Add Account' from Mail's File menu.

  2. The Add Account guide will appear.

  3. Enter your AOL email address and password.

  4. Mail will recognize the AOL address and offer to automatically set up the account.

  5. Click the 'Create' button.

  6. That’s all there is to it; Mail is ready to grab your AOL email.

If You Use Mail 2.x

You can still create an AOL email account in Mail, but you'll need to set up the account manually, just as you would any other IMAP-based email account. Here are the settings and information you'll need:

  1. Account type: Select IMAP.

  2. Email address:

  3. Password: Enter your AOL password.

  4. User name: Your AOL email address without the ‘’

  5. Incoming Mail Server:

  6. Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):

Once you supply the above information, Mail should be able to access your AOL email account.

AOL Mail Troubleshooting

Most of the problems encountered with AOL mail revolves around sending or receiving mail. You can find general help in the guides:

In addition AOL specific help is listed below

If you're having problems sending or receiving AOL mail you may find the answer here:

Problems receiving AOL

  1. Mail reception problems can be as simple as an incorrectly entered email address or password. To check launch Mail, then select Preferences from the Mail menu item.

  2. In the preferences window, select the Account tab.​

  3. In the sidebar, select your AOL email account.

  4. Make sure Account Information button is highlighted.

  5. Your AOL email address should be listed.

  6. To make a correction choose Edit Email Address from the dropdown menu.

  7. Your AOL accounts full name and email address will be listed.

  8. Highlight either item by double-clicking in the appropriate field.

  9. You can then edit the infromation in the field to make corrections.

  10. When done, click the OK button.

  11. To correct your AOL password launch System Preferences.

  12. Select Internet Accounts preference pane.

  13. In the Internet Accounts sidebar, select the AOL entry.

  14. In the right hand pane click the Details button.

  15. Here you can change the description, the full name, and more importatnly the password for your AOL account.

​​​Problems sending AOL mail​

  1. Select the Accounts tab.

  2. In the sidebar, select the AOL email account you are having problems with.

  3. In the right hand pane select the Server Settings tab.

  4. The Outgoing Mail Account dropdown menu should be set to the AOL server. To verify the server settings use the drop down menu and select Edit SMTP Server List.

  5. From the list of availabe outgoing mail servers, select the AOL entry.​

  6. The server setting should list the outgoing mail settings as:

  7. User Name: Your AOL email address.

  8. Password: Your AOL password.

  9. Host name:​ or

  10. Make any corrections then click the OK button.​

Additional AOL Setting Information

  • IMAP server:
  • IMAP User Name: Your AOL screen name
  • IMAP password: Your AOL Mail password.
  • IMAP Port: 993
  • IMAP TLS/SSL: Required
  • SMTP server address:
  • SMTP user name: Your AOL screen name
  • SMTP password: Your AOL mail password
  • SMTP port: 587
  • SMTP TLS/SSL: Required.