Set Up a Vacation Auto-Reply in AOL Mail

Let people know you're away

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AOL Mail offers plenty of features that hold up against Gmail, Outlook, and other big email players. Among these capabilities is the auto-reply option — an excellent solution for those times when you won't be checking your email on your usual schedule.​

When enabled, your auto-reply goes out in response to any emails sent to you to inform the sender of your absence, when you plan to return, or any other details you want to include. After you set up and enable your auto-reply message, you don't have to do a thing; senders receive it automatically. If you receive more than one message from the same person while you're away, the auto-reply goes out only for the first message. This prevents the sender's inbox from being overwhelmed with your away messages.

Configure AOL Mail to Respond Automatically

To create an out-of-office auto-responder in AOL Mail that informs senders about your temporary absence:

  1. Go to mail.aol.com in a web browser and log in to your AOL account.

  2. Select Options under your name in the top right corner of the screen and choose Mail Settings in the drop-down menu.

    Aol Mail opening screen in a browser
  3. Click or press General in the left column and scroll down to the Mail Away Message section.

    Location of auto-response options in Aol settings
  4. Click or press No mail away message, which is the default entry in the Mail Away Message section. In the drop-down menu, select one of the options.

    • Choose I am unavailable to send Hello, I am unavailable to read your message at this time to incoming messages.
    • Choose I am away until [insert date] and am unable to read your message. This is a good option if you know when you plan to return. Just add the date of your return.
    • Choose Custom to craft your own out-of-office reply. The information you include is up to you, which makes this option versatile. For example, you can leave location information for family and friends, or let co-workers know whether you'll read the message when you return or you prefer them to resend messages after your return date. 
    Options for auto-reply messages in Aol
  5. Click Save Settings.

When you return from vacation, go back to the Mail Away Message section and choose No mail away message in the drop-down menu to turn off the auto-responses.

You can't set up auto-responses on the AOL mobile app.