POP3 and IMAP are 2 different methods used to access mail from a 3rd party email client or software. Each method downloads email data from AOL to your device or software, however, they differ in where the emails are stored.

Review the differences and choose the protocol that’s right for your needs. Whether you decide on POP3 or IMAP to access your mail, you'll need to configure the email client with AOL settings.

IMAP (Internet Messaging Access Protocol)

  • Emails are stored on the server.
  • Sent messages are stored on the server.
  • Messages can be synced and accessed across multiple devices.

POP3 (Post Office Protocol)

  • Emails are stored on a single device.
  • Sent messages are stored on a single device.
  • Emails can only be accessed from a single device.
  • If you want to keep messages on the server, make sure the setting "Keep email on server" is enabled or all messages are deleted from the server once downloaded to the app or software.