Jul 25, 2023 | Email Conversion

How to Add AOL Account to Outlook - A Complete Guide

By Deepak Singh Bisht

Email is an integral part of our daily lives, whether for personal use or business communications. If you are an AOL user, you might want to keep all your emails organized in one place, making Microsoft Outlook an excellent choice. It is a powerful tool that not only allows you to manage your emails from various accounts in one place, but also enables you to keep track of your calendars, tasks, and contacts.

In this post, we will learn how to add AOL account to Outlook. Whether you're a beginner or a tech-savvy individual, this post will provide you with the necessary steps to setup AOL mail in Outlook. Let's dive in!

Why AOL email to Outlook?

Before we delve into the 'how', it's worth understanding the 'why'. Linking your AOL email to Outlook can simplify your life in many ways. It reduces the hassle of switching between different platforms for different email accounts. It also takes advantage of Outlook's robust features, such as email categorization, advanced search, and extensive storage, to name a few.


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How to Configure AOL email in Outlook?

To add AOL account to Outlook, we'll be generating an app password since AOL accounts use two-factor authentication. This password is different from your regular one. Once this password is generated, you'll be ready to connect your AOL email account to Outlook.

Step 1: Generate Third-Party App Password

  1. Sign in to mail.aol.com
  2. Go to your AOL Profile section and select the Account Info option
  3. From the left navbar, click on Account Security and click on Generate App Password
  4. From the App Password popup screen, select the Outlook Desktop and click on the Generate button
  5. Note down or copy the generated app password

Step 2: Set up AOL email in Outlook 2016, 2019, and Microsoft 365

  1. Open Outlook and go to the File tab
  2. Select Info and click on the Add Account button
  3. Enter your AOL email address and click on the connect button
  4. Enter AOL App Password and click on the connect button
  5. Select IMAP and click on the Done button

Now, Outlook will verify your information. Once that's complete, it will start downloading messages from your account.

Add AOL email to Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

  1. Open Outlook and Go to the File Tab
  2. Go to the Info and click on the Add Account button.
  3. Choose Manual setup or additional server type and click on the Next button.
  4. Choose POP or IMAP and click on the Next button.
  5. In User Information, enter your name and email address.
  6. In Server Information, select IMAP as the account type, put imap.aol.com as the Incoming Mail Server, and smtp.aol.com as the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP).
  7. In Logon Information, enter the AOL email address and password and click on the More Settings button.
  8. Go to the Outgoing Servers tab and check the checkbox next to My Outgoing Server (SMTP) require authentication.
  9. Go to the Advanced tab, enter 993 as the incoming server (IMAP) and select SSL in Use the following type of encrypted connection dropdown.
  10. Enter 465 as the Outgoing Server (SMTP) and select SSL in Use the following type of encrypted connection dropdown.
  11. Click on the OK button and click on the Next button.
  12. Once completed, close the popup menu and click on the Finish button.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I transfer my AOL email to Outlook?

To transfer AOL email to Outlook, you need to connect AOL Mail to Outlook. To configure, you can use the above method. After configuration, Outlook will download all your emails from AOL Webmail.

What are the AOL email settings?

AOL IMAP Settings

  • Incoming mail server: imap.aol.com
  • Incoming Port: 993, SSL
  • Outgoing mail server: smtp.aol.com
  • Outgoing Port: 465, SSL

AOL Mail settings for POP

  • Incoming mail server: pop.aol.com
  • Incoming Port: 995, SSL
  • Outgoing mail server: smtp.aol.com
  • Outgoing Port: 465, SSL

Why can't I add AOL account to Outlook?

If you're having trouble adding your AOL email to Outlook, it might be due to incorrect account settings or an outdated version of Outlook. Make sure that the IMAP/POP settings are correct and your Outlook application is updated to the latest version. If you're still facing issues, check if AOL's server is down.

Can I add more than one AOL email account to Outlook?

Yes, you can add multiple AOL email accounts to Outlook. You need to follow the same process for each account, and remember that each AOL account will require a unique app password.

How often does Outlook sync with AOL email?

By default, Outlook syncs with your AOL email account every 30 minutes. But you can change this frequency in the Outlook settings under Send/Receive settings.

I have added my AOL account to Outlook, but my emails are not syncing. What should I do?

Ensure that your internet connection is stable. If that's not the issue, check your AOL IMAP settings in Outlook and make sure they're correct. Lastly, you can try removing and re-adding your AOL email in Outlook.

Does linking my AOL email to Outlook affect my email access on other devices or platforms?

No, adding your AOL account to Outlook will not affect your email access on other devices or platforms. You can still access your AOL email directly from AOL's website or any other email client where you've set it up.

The Final Word

Adding your AOL account to Outlook is a significant step towards more efficient email management. It might seem daunting initially, but once set up, it can save you a lot of time and make your email experience more streamlined.

Remember, technology is designed to make life easier, not harder. With this guide, we hope we've made the process of syncing your AOL email with Outlook simple.

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