AOL Mail

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AOL Mail
AOL Mail's logo
AOL Mail screenshot
A screenshot of a AOL Mail inbox in January 2014.
Type of site
Web application (E-mail, webmail)
Available in 54 languages
Owner AOL
Commercial Yes
Registration Required
Launched 21 March 1993; 24 years ago (1993-03-21)
Current status Online
Content license

AOL Mail (stylized as Aol Mail) is a free web-baased email service provided by AOL, a division of Verizon Communications. The service is sometimes referred to as AIM Mail where "AIM" stands for AOL Instant Messenger.

On March 16, 2017, Verizon, which had acquired AOL in 2015, announced that it would discontinue its in-house e-mail services for internet subscribers, and migrate all customers to AOL Mail.[1]


AOL Mail has the following features available at no cost:

  • Email storage capacity: unlimited
  • Email attachment limit: 25 MB[2]
  • Supported protocols: POP3, SMTP, IMAP[3]
  • Link to other email accounts from other service providers (such as Gmail and Hotmail).
  • Ads: are displayed while working with the e-mail account. Embedded links within emails are automatically disabled and can only be activated by the email user.
  • Spam protection[4][5]
  • Virus protection[6]
  • Spell checking
  • AIM Panel with a full buddy list, and indicators to show presence of online buddies, as well as shortcuts to sponsored popular web sites.
  • email unsend capability (for mails sent to another AOL or AIM mailbox)
  • Domains: and additionally, (short for you've got mail),, and[3]
  • Supports SSL/HTTPS after login[7]

Account inactivity[edit]

If an AOL Mail account is inactive for 90 days, it may become deactivated, at which point any emails sent to it may not be delivered and may be returned to sender. After 180 days of inactivity, the account may be deleted.[8]

AOL Project Phoenix[edit]

An email program by AOL that features a Quick Bar where emails, text messages, and AOL Instant Messenger messages can be sent from one area. It also lets people add up to five accounts into it. It features a search feature that will load photos, attachments, addresses, and dates from emails.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Verizon Dropping Its Email Business". Multichannel News. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Larger Attachments Rolling Forward". 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ a b AOL's 'Project Phoenix' e-mail overhaul is here, CNET, 2010-10-14, retrieved 2011-03-09 
  4. ^ "Use AOL Mail and Spam Controls". Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  5. ^ "America Online Acquires Mailblocks". August 4, 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  6. ^ Archived April 23, 2013, on Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Archived August 19, 2014, on Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Does my AOL Mail account get deactivated if I don't use it for 90 days?". AOL. 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  9. ^ McCarthy, Caroline (November 14, 2010). "AOL's Project Phoenix overhaul is here". CNET. 

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