I wanted to know how to set up my AOL email account in Outlook Express? Is this a simple thing to do? I know a few people who have this arrangement and was wondering if you can provide instructions for a beginner like me. Thanks.
There are two ways to set up an AOL account on Outlook Express. You can use either IMAP or POP3; yes, both these email protocols are enabled on all free AOL email accounts. Once the setup is successful, Outlook Express connects to the server and downloads all messages. The emails will then be stored on your computer and accessible even without an active Internet connection.
IMAP lets you synchronize an email account with all computers and devices that access it. Thus, the online server and all your local computers will have the identical list of emails. The same is true for mobile devices – refer AOL email on the iPhone.
With POP3 you have the advantage of “saving” a copy of the email on the server. Since AOL now offers unlimited storage space, you can let the message lie on the server… never know when you may need it, right?
Below are instructions to set up AOL email on Outlook Express using the IMAP protocol which would take you less than a couple of minutes. Don’t be intimated by the number of images in the slideshow… I just wanted to show you each step.