How to Access an AIM Mail Account With Windows Mail

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.
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