How to Set Up Outgoing AOL Email in Any Email Program

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If you access your AOL Mail account using a different email client and want to be able to send AOL email—not just receive it—from there, you can set up outgoing mail through AOL's server by entering the correct configuration information in your email client. Whether you use Microsoft Outlook, Windows 10 Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Apple Mail, or any other email provider, enter the general configuration information supplied by AOL Mail into the fields provided for new mail accounts.

Even if you use another email server to send or respond to your AOL Mail, sending it through AOL's servers offers the benefit that emails you send show up in the Sent Mail folder in your AOL account.

Set Up Outgoing AOL Mail in Any Email Program

No matter which email client or app you use, you enter the same outgoing configuration information. It doesn't matter whether your account uses POP3 or IMAP protocol. If you have already set up an account to receive AOL Mail in your favorite email program, go to that account and look for the outgoing mail fields.  If you haven't already set up an account, look for New Account. The New Account location varies among providers, but it isn't usually difficult to find. Enter the following information:

  1. Set the AOL Mail outgoing SMTP mail server address to smtp.aol.com.
  2. Enter your AOL Mail screen name in the SMTP username field. Your AOL screen name is the part that comes before "@aol.com."
  3. Enter your AOL Mail password as the password.
  4. Set the SMTP server port to 587. (If you run into problems sending mail, try port 465 instead.)
  5. For TLS/SSL required, select Yes to make sure SSL encryption is enabled.

Set Up Incoming AOL Mail

If you haven't already set it up incoming AOL Mail, use this information to set up your incoming AOL Mail:

  1. Enter the incoming mail server in the New Account field provided. For POP3 accounts, it is pop.aol.com. For IMAP accounts, it is imap.aol.com.
  2. Enter your AOL Mail screen name in the username field.
  3. Enter your AOL Mail password as the password.
  4. For POP3 accounts, set the port to 995 (TSL/SSL required).
  5. For IMAP accounts, set the port to 993 (TSL/SSL required).