Use POP or IMAP to sync AOL Mail on a third-party app

by admin | Posted on Thursday, June 18th, 2020

AOL mail is updating its features and user-interface regularly to make it even more user-friendly and feature-rich email service. However, many users still don’t find this email service simple enough to be used effortlessly. Such users can opt for third-party email clients or applications to use their AOL mail account. Some of the most famous third-party apps are Mozilla Thunderbird, outlook, windows live mail, incredimail etc. You can either use pop or IMAP to sync AOL on a third-party app. By synchronization, you can access your AOL Mail account easily on different devices.

You should note that IMAP and POP are different protocols having their own advantages and disadvantages. In this tutorial, we will help you use POP or IMAP to sync AOL Mail on a third-party app effortlessly.    

Difference between IMAP and POP

IMAP and POP protocols are completely different from each other. You should be sure about the protocol you want to use in order to sync AOL mail account. That’s why we are providing you with the major differences between POP and IMAP so that you can decide which one you want to use.

  • In IMAP settings, the email messages are stored on the server. On the other, in POP settings the messages are stored locally in the device or computer.
  • POP downloads the copy of an email in the application. So, even if you delete the email from your AOL account after it is downloaded, the copy remains intact in the email client or application.
  • As the emails are stored on the server in IMAP, the messages once deleted from any device get deleted from all the synced devices.

How can I use IMAP or POP to sync AOL Mail on a third party application?

Every email client or application has an account setting menu. In this menu, you can update the POP3 or IMAP settings. Whenever you enter the account info, you need to ensure that you enter your complete email address with including “@aol.com”. Also, remember that the SSL encryption will remain enabled for both outgoing and incoming mail.

Here is the setting to use POP to sync AOL Mail on a third party application or email client

 Incoming mail server (POP 3): pop.aol.com

Outgoing mail server (SMTP Server): smtp.aol.com

Incoming port: 995

SMTP port: 465

Have a look the settings to use IMAP to sync AOL mail on a 3rd party application

Incoming mail server (IMAP): imap.aol.com

Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com

Incoming Port: 993

SMTP: 465

You can send and receive emails in the app or download a copy of your email account straight away after entering the settings mentioned above. You don’t need to enter these settings manually if you are looking to add AOL mail account in mobile apps such as iPhone mail and Gmail.  Let’s take a look at the steps you need to follow in order to sync AOL with iPhone.

How to sync AOL email with your iPhone?

The IMAP protocols are saved and pre-configured in iPhone. All you need to do is follow the steps given below:

  1. Firstly, open “Settings” in your iPhone and tap on the “Add Account” button.
  2. Tap on the name of your email provider i.e. AOL.
  3. Type in your email address and password at the prescribed space.
  4. Tap on the “Next” button and wait till AOL verifies your account.
  5. Select the information from the AOL account which you want to see in your iPhone such as calendars, contacts etc.
  6. Finally, tap on the “Save” button.

You can now use AOL email account with your iPhone with ease.

Use AOL Email in Android

The best way to access your AOL Email in an Android device is through the AOL app. This app provides you easy access to all the features of AOL Email along with all its features on the go. Although all the major features are available on the AOL app for making some advanced changes you still need to access AOL mail through a computer.  Please note that you need an Android 4.4 or later version in order to run the AOL application.

We hope that you can now use POP or IMAP to sync AOL mail on a third party app with ease. However, in case you encounter any kind of error then you should contact AOL support.

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