How to Add AOL Email to iPad or iPhone

Feb 16, 2020 - 8 Comments

How to Add an AOL Email Account to iPhone or iPad

If you have or use an AOL email account, you may want to add it to your iPad or iPhone for convenience of checking and sending emails from the @aol.com address right from iOS or iPadOS.

Adding an AOL email address to iPad and iPhone is pretty easy. To get started you will need to make sure you know your AOL email address and the account password for the AOL account. Aside from that, it’s simply a matter of adding it to the iPad or iPhone by looking in the right place to add the @aol.com email address so that it can be accessed in Mail app on iPhone and iPad.

This article will walk through the steps to add an @aol.com email account to the Mail app on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

How to Add AOL Account to Mail on iPad & iPhone

The process of adding an @aol.com email account to an iPad and iPhone is the same on both devices, though the process here is demonstrated with screenshots from an iPad everything is the same on iPhone. Here’s how it works:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPad or iPhone
  2. iOS Settings Icon

  3. Scroll down and choose “Passwords & Accounts” (on earlier iOS versions, choose “Mail” instead)
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  5. Choose “Add Account” under the accounts section
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  7. Choose “AOL” as the account type
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  9. Login and authenticate with the AOL email account address and login password at the screen
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  11. Choose whether you want to have Mail, Notes, or anything else synced to the device, then choose Save to add the @aol.com email account to the iPhone or iPad

It’s that simple, now you can open the Mail app and your @aol.com email address account will be available to check email, send email, reply, forward, and perform all other typical Mail app duties and functions.

The Mail app icon on iPhone and iPad

Don’t forget to periodically check the “Junk” mail folders in Mail app for the AOL email address (and others for that matter), as sometimes legitimate emails get tucked into Junk or wrongly assigned there, which you can easily move back to the primary inbox if necessary.

Checking AOL Junk mail folders in Mail for iOS and iPadOS is just a matter of opening the Mail app, tapping the “Mailboxes” icon in the upper left corner, and then finding the Junk folder for AOL:

AOL Inboxes on iPhone and iPad Mail app

AOL email accounts have been around for a very long time, and some people have had the same @aol.com email address for several decades back when AOL was “America OnLine” dialup service – that’s pretty cool if you think about it! Thus it’s easy to see why someone would want to add their AOL email address to their iPhone or iPad. If you don’t have an AOL email account but would like one, you can sign up for a free @aol.com email address at http://aol.com.

Manual AOL Email Configuration Server Settings

If you want to manually configure @aol.com email address for Mail app (or another third party email app) on iPhone or iPad, you can use the following mail servers depending on POP3 / SMTP or IMAP. Remember this is not necessary with the automatic setup as discussed above.

POP3 / SMTP servers for AOL email

  • Incoming mail server (POP3): pop.aol.com, port 995 SSL
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com, port 465 SSL

IMAP servers for AOL email

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP): imap.aol.com, port 993 SSL
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com, port 465 SSL

Again this is not necessary to use or know if you’re using the typical email setup in the Mail app, but if you’re configuring another email client or manually setting aol mail in iOS or iPadOS this may be useful to you. If you choose “Other” while adding. or setting up a new email account in Mail app you can manually configure AOL to work, similar to using other manual configurations in various email apps from other email providers.

Remember, you can add multiple email accounts to iPhone and iPad so even if you already have a Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, iCloud, or other email account on the device, you can go ahead and add another. It can be handy to have multiple email accounts for differing purposes, for example perhaps you have a personal email account, a separate work or business email account, a unique email account just for online shopping and online services, and a catch-all spam email account that you can use for one-off services. There are myriad options and reasons to use many email accounts, but as always use what works best for you.

Since you’re already in the Apple ecosystem, you might also find it to be a good idea to create an @icloud.com email address if you have not done so already too.

If you do use multiple email accounts on your iPad or iPhone, you might find it a good idea to set the default email account to be used on iPhone or iPad so that you’re consistently sending email out and replying to emails from the same address by default. You can also switch the “Sent From” email address from Mail app directly on iPhone and iPad when you’re composing an email or reply as well.

Enjoy your AOL email account on iPad or iPhone! And if you decided you don’t want the aol address on your Mail account after all, remember it’s easy to delete a Mail account from iPhone and iPad too as shown here.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

8 Comments

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  1. Jane Rosen says:

    I agree with you. I can not get my IMAP on my IPad; only on my iPhone; then, I get a message “cannot Connect Using SSL”.

    Then, what do I do?

  2. Greich says:

    I’ve had may AOL e-mail address for almost twenty years. I have transferred my account to four different Mac computers, three Ipads, four Iphones and I’ve never had a problem with hacking. I usually change the password once a year. I’ve been hacked several times on Firefox!! Although I have other e-mail accounts AOL is the only one I use.

  3. Lynne says:

    If I add this to my iPhone or iPad will I get all that blooting, that came with my iMac?
    Thanks Lynne

    • Paul says:

      This only adds an @aol.com email address to the Mail app, so whatever email comes to the @aol.com email address will show up on the iPhone or iPad. It doesn’t include any apps or anything else, only email.

  4. Alun says:

    Well, thanks for that, a dive into computer history, if not archeology! Unfortunately everyone I know with an aol account had it hacked sooner or later and used to try and scam everyone in their address book. Now compuserve with its numeric anonymous addresses was different- you could even send and receive telex messages through their portal- it was really useful in that tiny window of time when email and telex were being used commercially at the same time

  5. Pat Parish says:

    I was disappointed this article did not include explanation of what to do when the above instructions don’t work. Two different Apple techs have told me that AOL sometimes doesn’t like to play well with Apple Mail. What happens is that you go through the steps to add the AOL account, but Mail refuses to recognize the password. The techs said there is a way to get AOL to generate a password specifically for Mail, but I’ve gotten it to work only once. I doubt I’m the only one with this problem.

  6. AOLfan says:

    I just love my old @aol.com email address how thrilling I can put it on here.

  7. testing says:

    Wow this is great, I love AOL email LOL

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