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AOL Mail

AOL Mail
AOL Mail screenshot
A screenshot of a AOL Mail inbox in January 2014.
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Web application (E-mail, webmail)
Registration Required
Available in 54 languages
Content license
Owner AOL
Launched 21 March 1993; 22 years ago (1993-03-21)
Current status Online

AOL Mail is a free web-based email (webmail) service provided by AOL. The service is sometimes referred to as AIM Mail where AIM stands for AOL Instant Messenger which is AOL's instant messaging service. During the summer of 2012, AOL Mail got a new look, its first significant overhaul in five years.


AOL Mail has the following features available at no cost:

  • Email storage capacity: unlimited
  • Email attachment limit: 25 MB[1]
  • Account expiry on inactivity: 90 days[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]

AOL Project Phoenix

The new email program by AOL 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. It is currently being tested and can only be accessed by an invitation.[8]

AOL has stopped work on Project Phoenix, sometime in September 2011 [9]

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