How to Open AOL Email Account in Outlook?

Ritu Roy | How to's Software Technology | 3 minutes read | Last updated on January 28th, 2023,

 “I am using AOL Email application for few years and I have many PFC files saved in my account. From last few days, I am thinking to forward AOL email to Outlook. Because there are many advanced functionality available in MS Outlook email client. Can someone please suggest me how to open AOL Email in Outlook? “  

About AOL Email Application

AOL is an email client application, which is available in webmail as well as desktop application. The AOL is highly trustworthy service that stores their incoming and outgoing email messages, contact information, and bookmarks in the PFC format. It also offers instant messaging, web browsing, etc. Although, the AOL files can only be opened by the AOL desktop, it cannot viewed or opened in MS Outlook. So, in order to make AOL mails open in Outlook users need to download AOL email to Outlook. This article will provide you the solution to archive AOL the manual method.

Why Users Want to Convert Email from AOL to Outlook?

When a specific company is switching from AOL email to Outlook, then users need to safely open their old AOL email messages in Microsoft Outlook.  Because Microsoft offers advanced and unique features, so most of users trying to forward AOL to Outlook. Some of the advanced features of MS Outlook are:-

  • Presence of a extremely secure enterprise email application capability
  • MS Outlook is proficient of cross-program functionalities.
  • Provides advanced Integration with the different inbuilt MS Office applications.

How to Access Emails from AOL to Outlook Manually?

Before you go with manual approach of AOL email to Outlook conversion, I highly recommended you to take a backup of your AOL files. In case any catastrophe can happen at least you have the data to gets and recover. Follow this given steps one by one:-

Add Your AOL Mail Account to Outlook Using IMAP settings

Step 1. Open Microsoft Outlook Application>> Go to “File” menu

Step 2. Now, click in Info>> Select “Account Settings” to open account settings window

Step 3. Then, click on “New” button

Step 4. Mark the checkbox for “Manual Setup or additional server types” after that click on “Next” button

Step 5. Choose the IMAP/POP from the list of options.

Step 6. Confirm the server information section:-

  • Account Type- IMAP
  • Incoming Mail Server-
  • Outgoing Mail Server-

Step 7. In the sing in, information section fills the following

  • User Name– email id of AOL Account
  • Password– AOL email password

Step 8. Mark the “Remember Password” and then click on “More Settings

Step 9. Now, click on the “Outgoing Server” from the Internet E-Mail Settings Screen

Step 10. Mark “My outgoing Server (SMTP) requires authentication” box when “Outgoing Server” tab is visible.

Step 11. Click on “Advanced” and confirm the details

  • Incoming Server: IMAP-Port 993
  • Incoming Server encrypted connection –SSL
  • Outgoing Server-SMTP-Port 587
  • Outgoing Server encrypted Connection – TLS/Auto

Step 12. Then, Click on OK button

Step 13. Once, everything you typed is right then you can get congratulations message, close it then you can use your AOL account through Outlook.


In the above discussion, we have explained a direct free manual method to open/access AOL emails in Outlook. With this manual approach, one can easily access emails from AOL to Outlook.