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Old 10-06-2004, 04:54 AM   #1
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Accessing AOL Email in 3rd Party Email clients (Such as Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird)

How to Access your AOL Email in 3rd Party email clients
Using Mozilla Thunderbird

This is for people who want to copy their America Online email to their computer, or to use a third-party email client; with the AOL email feature. All the email concerned here is reguarding your AOL Email stored on the server, instead of forwarding it over, you can just make a local "copy" of those messages. The target of the audience in this is AOL Members; since they will be the only ones benefitted by reading this.

This is NOT a guide on exporting the PFC (Filing Cabinet) to other email clients!

What you need:You dont *need* AOL, but hey, if you got AOL... you should have it.



Quickly here are the server addresses:

imap.aol.com, username: screename@aol.com
smtp.aol.com, port 587, use authentication (TLS) username: screenname



How To:
1. Install Mozilla Thunderbird - which I have done already, so go to Tools, then Account Settings, you get this screen. Click the "New Account" button.

2.
Since you are making an Email account, Select "Email Account" radio button, click Next.

3.
For your name, type anything you wish. The account name should be ScreenName@aol.com, as shown. Click Next...

4.
We will be making an IMAP connection for the server. Select "IMAP" radio button. The IMAP server is imap.aol.com Click Next...

5.
You incoming and outgoing username is ScreenName@aol.com. Click Next...

6.
You can "name" this account anything, locally significant. I named it "My AOL Mail"...Next...

7.
Now if you did everything right so far, it should look similar to this, obviously with your screen name in it.

8.
Then you are brought to this screen. Now quickly, let me side track and just add a SMTP server so if you wanted you can send email. You may skip this, but just takes seconds, as you are almost done! Click the "Outgoing Server"

9.
Make you settings look like that. smtp.aol.com port 587 Select, "TLS, if available" which it is... and yor username is ScreenName without the "@aol.com".

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Continued....

10.
Done with that SMTP server step, you can now send mail, without using the AOL client . Now, jsut get all messages... this may take a few seconds, be patient, and you will see....


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Now, jsut create a new "local" folder, drag and drop you can do CTRL+Drag-n-Drop... to copy.


Now you are done! You *can* synchronize this if you wanted to, but isnt covered here and is beyond the scope of this application. Hope this helps. Many people dont know AOL is able to have this. AOL members can see more info at AOL Keyword: IMAP for more info (essentially, the same here)
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just wondering: does this syncronize address book, etc?

great guide btw
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Old 10-06-2004, 12:34 PM   #4
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I can look into methods on that...

currently, officially no, not yet.

UPDATE: AOL is running a beta test of that type of feature, synchronizing Outlook and AOL addressbooks. However, I removed outlook from my system, and I strongly oppose it.

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