How to Avoid Losing Your AOL Mail Account

You don't have to use it, just make sure you periodically log in

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If you have an AOL Mail account, but don't use it frequently, you run the risk of losing the account, the email address associated with it, and any messages you have stored on the server. While this loss might not seem like a big deal, it can be if those emails contain important information or email addresses.

Keeping an AOL Mail account isn't hard; you just need to remember to log in every 90 days or so. Here's what can happen if you don't.

What Happens to AOL Mail After 90 Inactive Days

If you don't log into your AOL Mail account for 90 days, the account is deactivated. In addition:

  • New incoming mail may not be delivered to your mailbox.
  • Incoming emails may be bounced back to the sender.

If you log in to your account after Day 90, but before Day 180, your mailbox is reactivated and you receive new email again. You can use your account as usual, but it doesn't include any messages that were bounced back to the sender during the deactivation period.

What Happens to AOL Mail After 180 Inactive Days

If you don't log in for an additional 90 days (a total of 180 days), your account is deleted and you may or may not be able to reclaim the email address. In addition:

  • All your emails are deleted.
  • All the photos and other email attachments are also deleted.

To keep your AOL Mail account active, and to ensure your messages remain, log into your account at least once every 90 days.