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  1. Open up Mail in your dock or in your applications folder.
  2. Once Mail is open go to File > Add Account.
  3. In the General Information window, choose IMAP from the Account Type menu.
  4. For the Account Description, put down whatever you want (ex. AOL Mail).
  5. For the Email Address put your AOL or AIM email address. (ex. MasonSklut@aol.com or MasonSklut@aim.com)
  6. Click Continue.
  7. In the Incoming Mail Server, type in “imap.aol.com” or “imap.aim.com”.
  8. In the User Name, type in your AOL or AIM screen name. (ex. MasonSklut)
  9. For the Password, type in your AOL or AIM password.
  10. Click Continue.
  11. For the Outgoing Mail Server, type in “smtp.aol.com” or “smtp.aim.com”.
  12. Check the Use Authentication box.
  13. In the User Name, type in your AOL or AIM screen name. (ex. MasonSklut)
  14. In the Password box, type in your AIM or AOL password.
  15. Click Continue.
  16. Done!

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  1. Readers,
    If you have used the AOL Service Assistant to setup AOL on your Mac or you get the “can’t send using server” message, you must change the Server Port to 587 in order to send/receive emails within Mac OS X Mail.

    – Mason

  2. This instruction was clear and simple, and worked perfectly. Great job, and thank you so much!

  3. This step by step process made everything a breeze.


  4. Thanks, very clear info….you rock.

  5. Great info, it is really straight forward!

  6. Amen – Very clear and works so well. Thanks so much.

  7. Very straight forward, it was clear, and it works!!!

    Thanks a lot!

  8. Thank you for the great info – very helpful!!

  9. Everything works now. Thanks for all the help.

  10. When I use Entourage or Outlook to view my emails they are taken from the inbox of my AOL account and then I cannot view them again when I try to use Mac OS X Mail. I marked them as unread to try to keep them new but still they have disappeared from Mac OS X Mail’s Inbox and the AOL inbox.

    Any ideas on how to fix this would be very much appreciated.

  11. AWESOME! straight forward directions. Works great, thanks!

  12. Very nice website. My English is not so well, so I do not understand it well, but it looks very good. Thanks.

  13. These directions helped me FINALLY set up my AIM account!!! Easy as 1, 2, 3 ! Took 2 minutes!


  14. Thanks a lot. I will donate when I get some money! Thanks!

  15. Thank you sooooo much! So simple. Lifesaver.

  16. Thank you so much!
    This helped me a lot, I could not figure it out at all before, but this was so simple and useful. Thank you!

  17. I just wish you had come up on the Google list first. Nothing worked until I followed your no-nonsense guide.

  18. Thanks Ray.

  19. Is there any reason my inbox does not show up in the Mail software? Everything else shows up! Thanks.

  20. Tony,

    I’ve got no idea for why your inbox doesn’t appear in Mail. Is it possible you have an overstuffed mailbox? Messages will “disappear” if that’s the case. Otherwise, I’m not entirely sure why that is happening.


  21. I’m still having trouble sending emails… even changed my server port to 587. If I do that I get a time out message for port 587… If I change it back it keeps telling me error 54. Any advice? This is driving me insane not being able to send emails from my laptop.

  22. Richie, you could try setting it up with POP. This may help pin-point the problem.


  23. WOW! It worked, been trying to make AOL mail merge with my Mail (off and on, more off) for 3 years, but your directions worked the first time… BRAVO!

  24. Hey Rich,

    I’m glad you got your email all set up and working!


  25. Hi, I hope you are still out there. Your instructions seem simple but I hesitate to reinstall AOL mail. I have had it on my Mac for about 5 years and suddenly a few days ago it stopped working. It is in accounts under Preferences in Mail, but just doesn’t work. Should I set it up again even though it is there?
    Thanks for any help you can give.


  26. Adele,

    Personally, I wouldn’t recommend setting up AOL mail (the application) on your Mac again. Try following my instructions again, and let me know if you still have issues.


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