You can send and receive your AOL email using almost any other email program. You'll get most of the great features AOL email has to offer and the flexibility to read and send email via another email application. You will have to check that your application supports the IMAP protocol (see note below), but most recent programs will.
Note: There are two major standards for reading email: IMAP and POP3. IMAP allows you to read your email directly from the remote email server and the email will remain accessible on the email server even if you use a different computer to access it later. POP3 requires you to download your email to your computer before you can read it and, depending on the software, the email can be deleted from the email server as soon as it is downloaded or left for a preset period of time. Due to security issues, email programs that only use the POP3 protocol are unable to connect to the AOL email servers.
What your email application must support
AOL email can be sent and received using other email applications by setting up a connection to AOL's email servers. Setting up access to the servers is simple, and the settings are similar for most email applications.
As well as supporting IMAP, your email application must support authenticated SMTP (see note below) as the outgoing email server, which almost all do, and also allow you to change the SMTP server.
Note: SMTP is the major standard for sending email on the internet. Using an authenticated SMTP server means that to send email you must log in to the SMTP server with a user name and password. The user name and password to send AOL email are your AOL screen name and password.
Email application setup basics
Setting up access to the AOL email servers is relatively simple, and the settings are similar for most email applications. The basic information that you need is as follows:
Features not available with email applications
The following AOL email features are not available while using other email applications: