How to Change Your AOL Mail Password

Change your password regularly to thwart hackers

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There are plenty of reasons to change your AOL Mail password. You may suspect that your account has been hacked. You may want to change your password to something stronger and more difficult to deduce, or you may just want your AOL password to be something you can easily remember.

Whatever your motive, you aren't stuck with your current password. You 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. Log in to AOL in a web browser using your AOL username or phone number and your current password.

  2. Click your name at the top right side of the screen to open your account information screen.

    AOL homepage with the username highlighted
  3. Select Account Security in the left panel.

    AOL account page with the Account Security header highlighted
  4. Select Change password in the How you sign in section.

    Account Security page in AOL with Change Password highlighted
  5. Enter a new password in the fields for New password and Confirm new passwordChoose a password that is both difficult to guess and easy to remember.

    Select Continue.

    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. Tap the AOL app on your iOS device Home screen.

  2. Select the Settings gear in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  3. Tap Privacy dashboard in the Support section.

  4. Select the Your Account tab.

    If you aren't already logged in, the tab is labeled See your account data, and you must 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 to do so.

  6. Choose Edit Account Info in the Your Account section.

  7. Tap the 3-horizontal-line menu icon at the top left of the Personal Info screen.

    Edit Account Info screen in AOL app
  8. Select Account Security from the fly-out menu.

  9. Tap Change password.

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

  11. Tap Continue after you enter the new password.

    Creating a new password in the AOL app
  12. A confirmation screen with fields for a recovery email and recovery phone number pops up. Enter them (or not) 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, leaving out the spaces between words.
  • Use the first letter of each word of a longer sentence.
  • Use two or more numbers or special characters. You can add them 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.
  • AOL requires at least eight letters in a password and recommends the use of special characters such as !@#% but doesn't require them.

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 in your password. Run anti-virus software regularly and be aware of your surroundings when accessing your mail in public settings.