How to Change Your AOL Mail Password

Change your password regularly to thwart hackers

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Change your AOL Mail password if you suspect that your account has been hacked, want to change your password to something stronger and more difficult to deduce, or want your AOL password to be something you can easily remember. When it's time to change your current password, make the change in your AOL account information screen.

Change Your AOL Mail Password in a Web Browser

To alter the password for your AOL Mail account using a web browser on your computer:

  1. Open a web browser, then log in to AOL with your AOL username or phone number and your current password.

  2. Click your name (located in the upper-right corner of the screen) to open your account information screen.

    AOL homepage with the username highlighted
  3. Go to the left panel and select Account Security.

    AOL account page with the Account Security header highlighted
  4. Go to the How you sign in section and select Change password.

    Account Security page in AOL with Change Password highlighted
  5. Enter a new password in the New password and Confirm new password text boxes, then select Continue.

    Choose a password that is both difficult to guess and easy to remember.

    New password page in AOL with the Continue button highlighted
  6. If the password looks good, the change is made immediately. You are given a chance to add a recovery email address or recovery phone number, which is recommended but not required.

    Confirmation screen for AOL password change

Change Your AOL Mail Password in iOS

If you use the AOL app to access your AOL mail on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can change your password directly in the app.

  1. On your iOS device Home screen, tap the AOL app.

  2. Select the Settings gear (it's located in the lower-right corner of the screen).

  3. Go to the Support section and tap Privacy dashboard.

  4. Select the Your Account tab.

    If you aren't logged in, select the See your account data tab and sign in with your AOL credentials to proceed.

    Settings in the AOL app
  5. Scroll down and tap Your Account. Enter your AOL credentials when prompted.

  6. Go to the Your Account section and choose Edit Account Info.

  7. On the Personal Info screen, tap the 3-horizontal-line menu icon.

    Edit Account Info screen in AOL app
  8. Select Account Security.

  9. Tap Change password.

  10. Tap the password field and enter a new password in both fields that request it.

  11. Tap Continue.

    Creating a new password in the AOL app
  12. A confirmation screen with fields for a recovery email and recovery phone number displays. Enter the recovery information (this is optional) and tap Looks good or Done to finish.

Tips for Choosing and Using a New Password

Long passwords are harder to crack than short passwords, but they are also harder to remember. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a brief complete sentence you can remember, and leave out the spaces between words.
  • Use the first letter of each word of a longer sentence.
  • Use two or more numbers or special characters. Add these at the beginning or end of your sentence or phrase or in the middle if you can remember their placement.
  • Keep it relatively simple. If you have to write down your password, you lose a lot of your security.
  • Change your password regularly. Every three or six months is a good practice.
  • AOL requires at least eight letters in a password and recommends the use of special characters such as !@#% but doesn't require these.

Even if you use strong passwords and change them periodically, they don't protect you from keyloggers on your computer or people who peek over your shoulder as you type your password. Run anti-virus software regularly and be aware of your surroundings when accessing your mail in public settings.