Finding the AOL Mail IMAP Settings

Use these settings to access AOL mail from another email client or app

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While AOL would naturally prefer that you access your AOL Mail in AOL, email users typically use more than one service, and being able to access all your email accounts at one location is convenient.

You can access your AOL Mail and respond to it in any compatible email client or app by entering specific information about AOL Mail and your account. You typically need to input the AOL Mail IMAP server settings to access AOL Mail messages and folders in Outlook, Mac Mail, Windows 10 Mail, Thunderbird, and Incredimail, or in an email app for a compatible provider.

In some cases, when you set up an AOL Mail account at a different mobile app, you may not be required to enter the IMAP settings. For example, when you add an AOL Mail account to the iPhone Mail app, you do so through the Accounts section in the iPhone's settings, where you only need to click on the AOL icon. The phone is preconfigured to contain all the necessary IMAP settings except for your username and password.

Why IMAP?

AOL recommends that you use the IMAP settings in your email client, not POP3, although both protocols are supported. The difference between the two is that IMAP keeps the app or other service synced up with your AOL Mail account. Whatever you do with an email on another email service or app shows up in the AOL Mail interface at AOL. POP protocols do not keep the email actions synced. POP protocols download a copy of the email from AOL. If you delete the email in one place, it isn't deleted in the other.

AOL Mail IMAP Settings

When you set up your AOL account in a different email provider or app, you are asked to enter specific information that lets the other provider access your AOL mail. The IMAP settings you must enter to access your AOL Mail at a different email provider or app are as follows:

  • AOL Mail IMAP server address: imap.aol.com.
  • AOL Mail IMAP user name: Your full AOL Mail email address. For AOL email, this is your AOL screen name plus "@aol.com," such as "user@aol.com" (or @love.com, @games.com, or @verizon.net).
  • AOL Mail IMAP password: Your AOL Mail password.
  • AOL Mail IMAP port: 993.
  • AOL Mail IMAP TLS/SSL required: yes.

The settings above allow you to receive AOL Mail, but you also want to be able to respond to or send new email from your AOL Mail account. To do so, enter these SMTP settings in the fields provided during the account setup to send outgoing email through to your AOL Mail account from any email program.

  • SMTP Outgoing Server Address: smtp.aol.com
  • SMTP port: 587
  • SMTP security: STARTTLS
  • SMTP Username: Your full AOL Mail email address, such as "user@aol.com" (or @love.com, @games.com, or @verizon.net)
  • SMTP password: Your AOL Mail password that you use to log in to AOL Mail

Features Unavailable From Other Mail Applications

When you access AOL Mail from another email application, you can send and receive emails, and you have access to your AOL folders. However, some features aren't available to you, including:

  • Message status. You can't retrieve unopened mail from AOL users, and you can't check the status of a sent message like you can from the AOL Mail interface.
  • Spam. You can't access the Report Spam button. To report an email as spam, move it to the email client's Spam folder or Junk folder.
  • Deleted mail. Some email applications do not show deleted mail. Some of them show deleted email in the original folder but mark the message for deletion.