A detailed guide for AOL Mail SMTP Settings

If you are looking for a personalized mail experience, then your hunt comes to an end with AOL Mail. Also known as AIM Mail (AOL Instant Messenger), this platform was acquired by Verizon back in 2015.

AOL Mail is a free web-based email service that allows you to customize settings as per your needs so that you can enjoy a unique emailing experience.

In order to access mails from the third-party software, you need successful configuration of AOL Mail Settings.

The users of AOL Mail Login are allowed to open their AOL account across all standard web browsers. AOL supports access via SMTP, POP3, as well as IMAP protocols.

These communication protocols are used for email transmission. You can view AOL mail messages and folders in Microsoft Outlook, Windows 10 Mail, Mac Mail, or any compatible email client or app, by entering relevant settings.

Here are AOL Mail server settings at a glance:

  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) – For sending the emails.
  • Post Office Protocol (POP) and Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) – For reading and downloading the emails.

What is SMTP?

AOL Mail SMTP Settings deal with the delivery of messages. This protocol is used to dictate how outgoing mails are transmitted to the recipient’s account via your mail provider.

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In simple words, AOL Mail SMTP setting details need to be filled in the required fields during the account set up in another email program. The most important thing is that SMTP settings remain the same irrespective of the program or device that you are using.

Terms that you need to be aware of:

  1. SMTP Relay – It is a Mail Transfer Agent that sends mail from SMTP clients (email programs) to each SMTP mail server. It ensures that all your mails are being sent to the right recipient/email account. In case you don’t know the right email address, you can use the email finder tool to search the email ID.
  2. SMTP Server – It refers to any computer that runs SMTP. An email message moves through multiple servers. So, SMTP’s job is to ensure that outgoing mail reaches the destination through the correct route.
  3. Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (MIME) – This protocol converts non-text data into text before sending the mail to the recipients. SMTP cannot transmit attachments, only text. That’s when MIME plays a significant role in the email sending process.

What is IMAP?

While SMTP is responsible for sending outgoing mails, IMAP and POP3 both take care of incoming mails. You can either use POP3 or IMAP protocol to receive messages through your email provider.

IMAP reads and saves the messages on a remote mail server. It means every time you check your inbox, your email program connects to the incoming mail server and allows multiple devices to access your mail. In addition to this, IMAP also keeps all the devices synced with the mail server.

What is POP3?

POP stands for Post Office Protocol and its widely popular current version is POP3. Even though IMAP and POP3 share the same task of receiving the emails, they have their own distinct features. Unlike IMAP, POP3 downloads and stores the messages only on a single device and that’s why it is preferred while using AOL Mail on personal computers. Once the mail is downloaded, POP3 deletes the message from the email service – which means that the mail can only be accessed from that particular device.

Why does AOL Mail recommend IMAP over POP3?

Although both the protocols are supported by AOL mail, the platform still prefers IMAP instead of POP3. It is because IMAP protocol enables all the devices to sync with the mail server, whereas POP does not sync any email actions.

The major difference between IMAP and POP3 is that the former serves as a cloud-based storage for your mails, while the latter downloads the email copy to your local device. On one hand, IMAP requires a stable internet connection for checking your inbox, on the other hand, POP enables you to check your mails offline. Therefore, IMAP is more efficient and faster than POP3.

How to set up these AOL Mail settings?

After knowing how these protocols work, you need to learn how to add an AOL account to the email application and then set up SMTP and POP/IMAP via your account settings.


Here’s how you can manually enter the SMTP parameters in Microsoft Outlook:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Outlook mail app.
  2. Follow the thread: File > Info > Account Settings > Server Settings.
  3. Now, select the ‘Outgoing Mail’ option to input the SMTP settings given below:

AOL Mail SMTP Settings

  • Server Address: smtp.aol.com
  • Username: Your entire AOL mail address (For example: xyz@aol.com)
  • Password: Your AOL Mail password
  • Port Number: 587 (With TLS – Transport Layer Security)
  • Alternative Port Number: 465 (With SSL – Secure Sockets Layer)
  • Authentication: Required
  • Sending Limits: 500 mails or 100 connections a day


Once you are done with SMTP setup, you need to configure your email client with the correct POP or IMAP settings as given below:

  1. Open the Microsoft Outlook mail app.
  2. Go to File > Info > Account Settings > Server Settings.
  3. Then, tap the ‘Incoming Mail’ option and enter the network settings.

AOL Mail IMAP Settings:

  • Incoming Server Address: imap.aol.com
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.verizon.net/smtp.aol.com
  • Username: Your full AOL email address (For example: me@aol.com)
  • Password: Same as your AOL Mail password
  • Port: 993 (default)
  • Encryption – SSL

AOL Mail POP Settings:

  • Incoming Server Address: pop.aol.com
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.verizon.net/smtp.aol.com
  • Username: Your full AOL email address (For Example: user@aol.com)

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Password: Your AOL Mail password

  • Port: 995 (default)
  • Encryption – SSL

Follow the instructions mentioned above and enter the details carefully to avoid any hindrance in the AOL Mail Settings. As soon as you enter proper mail server account settings, you will begin sending and receiving your AOL emails on the app.

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