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A Comprehensive Guide to Setting Up AOL Email

Setting up AOL Email can be straightforward, but for uninterrupted access, it must be done correctly. This guide will walk you through every step from creating your server to customizing its features to suit your needs.

New users may feel the email setup process daunting, so this guide is here to help you set up your AOL Account efficiently. This article features a comprehensive walkthrough so that nothing is missed out.

Configuring server settings:

Configuring the AOL server settings is essential before you can customize and configure your email. This will ensure proper communication between the AOL server and your email client. How to do it?

SMTP Settings:

SMTP Server name:

SMTP Port: 465

Encryption: TLS/SSL encryption

SMTP Username: Your complete AOL email address

SMTP Password: AOL mail password

POP Settings:

POP Server name:

Port Number: 995

Encryption: SSL

POP Password: AOL mail password

IMAP Settings:

IMAP Server name:

Port Number: 993

Encryption: SSL

IMAP Password: AOL mail password

For a smooth connection, please enter your AOL email address including "" and the correct server name and port number.

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Setting Up Your AOL Server Settings

Most email apps allow you to configure the SMTP, IMAP, and POP settings through your account settings. Incoming mail server setup requires adding your AOL account to an email program before setting the appropriate SMTP, POP/IMAP, and account settings.

Here is an example of how to manually set up the protocols within Microsoft Outlook account settings.


  • Open your Microsoft Outlook mail app.

  • Click on File > Account > Settings.

  • Click on Outgoing Mail, and then enter the appropriate settings.

  • AOL SMTP settings

  • AOL Server Name:

  • Server Port: 465

  • Encryption: TLS/SSL

  • Authentication Required: Yes

  • Your entire AOL email (including "") as the SMTP Username

  • SMTP Password: your AOL account password

The same setting for the outgoing server can be used to configure your AOL App on a Mac, Windows 10 Mail app, Apple iPhone, Android mobile app, or web browser.

You're now ready to start writing emails from your email program.

2. POP and IMAP

  • You can now send outgoing emails from your AOL account after you have set up the SMTP settings.

  • You need to use the AOL POP or AOL IMAP settings to receive your email.

  • Configuring your AOL IMAP and AOL Pop settings is as easy as setting up your SMTP.

  • Navigate to File > Account Settings > Settings for the server if you have an Outlook (formerly Hotmail) account.

  • Click on Incoming Mail to enter network settings

  • You can set your AOL email to use either the incoming server protocol or the outgoing server protocol.

AOL Pop Settings

  • AOL server name:

  • Server Port: 995

  • SSL encryption:

AOL IMAP Settings

  • IMAP Server:

  • Server Port: 993

  • SSL encryption:

  • You should now be able to receive your AOL webmail in your email app.

AOL Mail Settings Configuration

You can change the AOL email settings to suit your needs.

You don't have to be a technical expert or an advanced user to configure the mail settings in your AOL account.

Users can customize how they compose AOL emails. They can also manage their incoming emails and change the look of their Inbox.

How to access AOL Mail Settings:

1. Sign in to AOL Mail.

2. Click on the "Options" button.

3. Choose the tab that corresponds to the setting you wish to modify.

Here are some of the settings that you can change once you have accessed the Mail Settings tab:

1. General Settings

General Settings allows you to customize your AOL Mail account in all its basic aspects, including:

  • Today on AOL: Select this checkbox to see the latest news and emails.

  • Select whether to display the sender's name or email address.

  • You can choose how to display emails in your inbox.

  • New Mail: Select whether you wish to receive notifications when a new message arrives. You can also customize your notification settings.

  • Mail Away Message - Notify your senders that you are away with a message. You can create your message or use one that is already predefined.

  • Set your email up to automatically sign off after a certain period. You may find it useful if you frequently fail to log out or use a computer in a public place.

  • Choose one of AOL's themes to customize your email interface.

  • Contacts: Choose how you would like your contact details displayed.

  • Pop-up Windows: Select "Always compose mail in a separate window" so that every time you write an email it will open in a different window.

2. Compose settings

Compose settings are where you configure your email.

You can change your message settings in AOL's Compose Setting. Click "Save" when you are finished to save your selection. You can customize the following settings:

  • When composing messages, you can choose whether to display Cc (Carbon Copy) or Bcc options (Blind Carbon Copy).

  • Select the default mode for the compose email screen.

  • Write email in a Pop-up Screen: Select this option to compose new emails in a Pop-up Screen.

  • Write mail in full-plane format: Select this option to create new emails in a full-plane format.

  • Write mail in a separate window: Choose this option to compose new emails in a window separate from your mailbox.

  • Rich Text/HTML: To use the font and color of your choice, create a signature using Rich Text/HTML.

  • Display Name: Enter the name you want the recipient to see on the email.

  • Autosave: Choose whether you want to automatically save your email after a specified time.

  • You can select the following settings to enable when sending:

  • Select if you would like to check the spelling of your messages before sending them.

  • Select if you would like an email address to be added automatically to your contacts list once you have sent an email.

  • Select if you would like an email confirmation page to appear when sending an email.

3. Filter settings

Create filters to make sure your AOL emails are delivered to the right place.

The same screen allows you to create, edit, and delete filters.

A. How to Create a Filter

Click "Create filter."

Enter the filter parameters.

Click on Save.

B. How to Edit a Filter

Click on the filter to see its name.

Click "Edit."

Enter the change you wish to make.

Click "Save."

C. How to Delete a Filter

Click the X beside "Edit" to delete a particular filter.

D. Spam Settings

You can configure the following settings to block spam emails:

Spam Filter - Adjust the filter's level to be more strict if you don't want to receive spam.

Content Filter: You can create a filter to send emails with keywords you do not want to see to your spam folder.

Block Senders. Create a list of senders whom you do not want to receive mail. You can set them to be sent automatically to your spam folder.

Final Thoughts

AOL Mail is equipped with an intuitive email client, but you have the freedom to set it up using any email application of your choosing. AOL's Mail settings can also be customized according to your requirements.

Follow the steps in this article and you can get done with your AOL email setup. If you have any questions, you can contact the customer service team at 10 Deca.