Accessing an AIM Mail Account With Outlook Express

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With Windows Mail or Outlook Express, you can access your AIM Mail account in a very comfortable way: the folder structure will be the same as in the web interface — automatically; when you delete or move a message it will be reflected if you open your AIM Mail account via the web or from a different computer the next time — automatically; copies of messages you send will be available to you anywhere — automatically.

Access a Free AIM Mail Account With Windows Mail

To add a free AIM Mail account in Windows Mail:

  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu
  • Click Add...
  • Make sure E-mail Account is selected
  • Click Next
  • Enter your name
  • Click Next
  • Enter your AIM Mail address (something like "ladedu@aim.com")
  • Click Next again
  • Make sure IMAP is selected under Incoming e-mail server type:
  • Type imap.aim.com in the Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server: field
  • Enter smtp.aim.com under Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:
  • Make sure Outgoing server requires authentication is checked
  • Click Next >
  • Type your AIM Mail username (AIM nickname) under E-mail username: ("ladedu", for example)
  • Enter your AIM Mail password (AIM password) in the Password: field
  • Click Next > again
  • Click Finish
  • Highlight imap.aim.com in the Internet Accounts window.
  • Click Properties
  • Go to the IMAP tab
  • Make sure Store special folders on IMAP server is not checked
  • Click OK
  • Click Close in the Internet Accounts window

Access a Free AIM Mail Account With Outlook Express

To set up access to a free AIM Mail account in Outlook Express:

  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu
  • Click Add
  • Choose Mail...
  • Enter your name
  • Click Next
  • Enter your AIM Mail address (something like "ladedu@aim.com")
  • Click Next again
  • Make sure IMAP is selected under My incoming mail server is a __ server
  • Type imap.aim.com in the Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server: field
  • Enter smtp.aim.com under Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:
  • Click Next >
  • Type your AIM Mail username (AIM nickname) under Account name: ("ladedu", for example)
  • Enter your AIM Mail password (AIM password) in the Password: field
  • Click Next > again
  • Click Finish
  • Highlight imap.aim.com in the Internet Accounts window
  • Click Properties
  • Go to the Servers tab
  • Make sure My server requires authentication is checked under Outgoing Mail Server
  • Go to the IMAP tab
  • Make sure Store special folders on IMAP server is not checked
  • Click OK
  • Click Close in the Internet Accounts window
  • Now, select Yes to download the list of AIM Mail folders to Outlook Express
  • Click OK

What to Do If It Doesn’t Work

If you encounter problems sending mail, try this:

  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu in Windows Mail or Outlook Express
  • Highlight imap.aim.com
  • Click Properties
  • Go to the Advanced tab
  • Enter 587 under Server Port Numbers for Outgoing mail (SMTP):
  • Click OK
  • Click Close