Specifications for AOL Mail SMTP Settings

SMTP outgoing mail settings are the same for IMAP and POP3 protocols

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To send mail from an email client through your AOL Mail account, you have to give the program instructions for accessing the AOL Mail SMTP server. This server is what AOL Mail uses to send mail from your account.

If an email program or app doesn't know how to access the AOL Mail SMTP server, it won't be able to send mail on your behalf. The POP or IMAP settings could very well be correct, meaning that you could download and read your email just fine, but without the proper SMTP server settings configured, you can't send mail through AOL Mail.

The SMTP server settings are only necessary when using your AOL Mail account from anywhere other than the AOL Mail website. If you're logging in to your AOL Mail account from the official website, the SMTP server settings are already known and therefore unnecessary for you to enter anywhere.

Outgoing Mail Configuration

The AOL Mail SMTP server settings are the exact same no matter what program you're using. You could be on a tablet, a smartphone, your laptop, etc., and could be using Windows 10 Mail, Thunderbird, Outlook, or any other client—it doesn't matter. Enter the right SMTP server settings and you can send mail from your AOL Mail account.

  • SMTP server address: smtp.aol.com
  • SMTP username: Enter your AOL Mail screen name, which comes before "@aol.com" in your email address. For example, if your address is me@aol.com, the corresponding screen name is "me."
  • Password: Type your AOL Mail password.
  • Port using SSL/TLS: 587
  • TLS/SSL required: Yes. Make sure SSL encryption is enabled for incoming and outgoing email.

Having Problems?

If you enter the correct SMTP server settings from above and the email client still won't let you use your mail properly, chances are you've typed the wrong password or there is some other misconfigured setting.

Resetting your AOL Mail password is easy, but if after making sure the password is correct, you still can't access your mail, double-check that the incoming mail settings are correct. The incoming mail configuration is necessary for downloading mail to the client. Just like above, the outgoing settings could be set up properly but if the incoming mail settings are wrong, nothing will download from your AOL Mail account.

Your client might be using POP or IMAP to download messages. The first step is to identify which protocol is being used. Once you know that (which can actually be whichever you prefer since both of them will download the same messages), make sure you copy the right settings: the IMAP settings are needed for accessing the IMAP server, and the POP settings are needed to download mail from the POP server.

Once you've confirmed that all the settings are correct, the program should have no problem downloading and sending mail from your AOL Mail account. If you're still having trouble, try deleting the account entirely, exiting and restarting the program or even whole device (i.e. restart your computer or phone), and then trying again from a fresh start.

Downside of Using Other Mail Apps for AOL Mail

Some of the features of AOL Mail aren't available to you when you access your email from an email client (as opposed to the AOL website). Some features are unavailable in some email clients depending not only on the program itself but on the limitations of the IMAP or POP protocol.

For example, if your client uses POP and is set up to delete email from the AOL Mail server after messages are downloaded, then the same emails won't be available to a client using IMAP (since IMAP depends solely on mail still located on the server).

Here are some other features that are affected by some email servers:

  • No Report Spam button. If you want to report an email as spam, you have to move it to the email client's Spam or Junk folder.
  • Deleted messages might be missing. You may see deleted email in the original folder with a mark for deletion, or you may not be able to see deleted mail at all, depending on which email server you use.
  • Messages you read on one device might not be marked as "read" on another device. The same is true for emails you mark as "unread," emails you say are "important," and messages that are "starred" in one client—the same messages might not be marked as such in another client.
  • You can't check the status of a sent message. Since POP doesn't store sent messages on the email server, you can't use another email client to see messages that were sent from a POP-configured client.