AOL Email Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Servers

The AOL Mail settings provided in this guide let you access your inbox using any compatible third-party email client so that you can enjoy the extra convenience of the features it offers.

AOL SMTP Settings

The following AOL SMTP settings are used for sending email messages through AOL servers using third-party email clients.

Option Description
SMTP Host:
SMTP Port: 465 SSL
SMTP Username: Your full email address (
SMTP Password: Your email account password

AOL Email Receiving Settings

The AOL POP3 settings and AOL IMAP settings are used to access messages sent to your AOL Mail address from third-party email clients.

AOL POP3 settings

Option Description
POP3 Host:
POP3 Port: 995
Requires SSL: Yes
POP3 Username: Your full email address (
POP3 Password: Your email account password

AOL IMAP settings

Option Description
IMAP Host:
IMAP Port: 993
Requires SSL: Yes
IMAP Username: Your full email address (
IMAP Password: Your email account password

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Good to Know

While both POP and IMAP make it possible to retrieve AOL messages, there are several important differences between them, and you should think about them when configuring email settings for AOL.

💡 Tip: Regardless of whether you use POP or IMAP for your AOL email settings, make sure to enable SSL encryption to encrypt both incoming and outgoing messages.

If you choose to use POP for your AOL Mail server settings, then your email client will download copies of emails stored in your AOL inbox (not any other folder). When you delete a local copy of an email message, the original isn’t affected, and the same is true the other way around.

IMAP is far more flexible because it continuously synchronizes the information about your emails between the AOL server on which they reside and individual clients. That way, you always get to see the up-to-date version of your inbox regardless of how you access it. For example, when you create a draft on your desktop, you can seamlessly access it from your mobile device and finish it while on the go.

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