What Are the AOL Mail SMTP Settings?

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

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AOL strongly recommends that its users access their email through mail.aol.com or through the AOL app on mobile devices for security reasons. However, the company recognizes that some users prefer to access all their mail through one program. If you choose to send and receive AOL Mail through another email client such as Microsoft Outlook, Windows 10 Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Apple Mail, you'll need to enter the general configuration instructions for AOL Mail in those email programs.

The SMTP setting is critical to sending email from those and other third-party services, whether you use POP3 or IMAP. 

AOL Outgoing Mail Configuration

Although AOL recommends using the IMAP protocol, POP3 is also supported. The SMTP settings are the same for both protocols. The AOL Mail outgoing SMTP server settings for sending mail through AOL Mail from any email program or service are:

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

Incoming Mail Configuration

To download mail from your AOL Mail account to your email program, you'll need to enter the server setting for incoming mail.

This setting differs depending on whether you use IMAP or POP3 protocol.

  • The incoming mail server for POP3 accounts is pop.aol.com.
  • The incoming mail server for IMAP accounts is imap.aol.com.