Specifications for 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 the AOL app on mobile devices for security reasons. However, the company recognizes that some users prefer to access 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 enter the general configuration instructions for AOL Mail in those email programs. The correct 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 for outgoing mail, although they differ for incoming mail. 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

Of course, before you respond to email, you have to receive it. To download mail from your AOL Mail account to your email program, you enter the server setting for incoming mail. This setting differs depending on whether you use IMAP or POP3 protocol. The rest of the information is the same as given for the Outgoing Mail configuration.

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

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 mail from a different email application. Features that are affected by some email servers include:

  • 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 Mail. 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.
  • Retrieve Messages. You can't retrieve unopened emails from AOL users.
  • Message Status. You can't check the status of a sent message.