Configure a account using IMAP

Tip icon.This article should be followed only if you haven't used POP3 with a 3rd party mail client. If you're a Verizon migrated user and want to continue using your POP3 configured client, you'll need to update your client with POP3 settings.

IMAP is a method used to retrieve emails from a mail server. Your messages are stored on the server, and each time you check your inbox, the email client contacts the server to get your messages. Unlike POP3, your messages aren't downloaded to your computer or device, thus you can sync your account on multiple platforms.

If you switch from POP3 to IMAP, only new messages will move from the server to your devices. Any emails previously saved on your device by a POP3 client, won't transfer.

After migrating your email to AOL Mail, follow the steps below to set up your 3rd party client. Be aware some sections will link off to the client's help page and they won't be able to answer questions about AOL Mail settings, or your username or password.

No matter what application or software you use, the IMAP sever and port settings will be the same. Just make sure SSL is enabled and you use your full email address, including

Server SettingsPort Settings
 Incoming mail server (IMAP):
 Outgoing mail server (SMTP):

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