Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Avoid Losing Your AOL Mail Account You don't have to use it, just make sure you periodically log in Share Pin Email Print AOL Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated August 12, 2019 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 stored on the server. To avoid losing important information and email addresses, log in to your AOL Mail at least every 90 days. 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, incoming mail may not be delivered to your mailbox, and incoming emails may be returned 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 returned 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, your emails, photos, and other email attachments are deleted. To keep your AOL Mail account active, and to ensure your messages remain, log in to your account at least once every 90 days.