AOL mail won't send: iPhone AND iPad

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by galenmd, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. galenmd, Sep 26, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2008
    Title says it all. I have both an iP4 (AT&T) and an iPad2 (AT&T), both on the latest firmwares.

    Starting about 10 days ago, neither device could send emails from my AOL account. I can receive emails just fine. I get the following message:
    "A copy has been placed in your Outbox. Sending the message content to the server failed."

    I have an exchange account that works fine.

    I already tried deleting the account and re-programming it. Same problem.

    Oh, and please, nobody make fun of me for still using AOL. I've had the account for years and don't have the energy to change.

    Can anyone help?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2010
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2008
    Just tried it. Same error. Darn!

    Why both devices. Gotta be something with AT&T or AOL.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2008
    Well, I tried IMAP, POP, deleting and adding the account several times, rebooting, etc., all to no avail. I still get this stupid error message.

    Anybody else have a suggestion (besides leaving AOL)?
  5. macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2010
    ok since its not working on your iphone and ipad what about setting up another new aol account as a test. if it works then its not the devices but an account setting.... just an idea
  6. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I don't want to derail your thread or go against your wishes, but I did want to mention that Gmail has a handy feature these days where it will import all of your mail from another address and automatically retrieve incoming mail for some period of time while you notify everyone of your new address. My wife went this route when she grew tired of Hotmail and it worked perfectly. If you can't get AOL to work for whatever reason, this is probably the path of least resistance to change.

    With all of that said, I agree with the poster above that recommended creating a new account and testing to see if it is a settings issue.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Before making a dummy account to test, have you tried sending an email from a different device?
  8. Calidude, Oct 3, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011

    macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Why the heck are you using AOL mail? Nobody but a housewife would take you seriously with that.

    Having "no energy" is no excuse. Get yourself a real email provider like Gmail, Zoho, Lavabit, etc.
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2008
    This is an interesting suggestion. I only have the iPad and iPhone. Otherwise, I only have desktops/laptops, from which I have no issues sending email from these.

    I tend to agree with lifeguard, that it may be an individual account setting, but I have no idea what setting that could be, and AOL customer support won't help me. Why both my iPad and iPhone at the same time, and why don't other people have this problem? There has to be a simple answer for this. I searched AOL's website/account settings to no avail.


    Yes, I get that AOL is so 20th century, but that's how long I have been using it for. It is so imbedded into my social and business network, that it is not so simple to change. In fact, I WANT to change to gmail, and have a username there, but I cannot right now. Maybe in a few months.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Miami, FL
  11. macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2010
    Apple no longer supports AOL you will have to upgrade your email client
  12. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2010
    Explain how it's "imbedded" into your social and business network.
  13. macrumors regular


    Jun 27, 2009

    apple no longer supports aol????? you guys don't half BS! :rolleyes:
    it's an option in the system preferences for goodness sake. (i'm using the the latest version of lion) :apple:
    don't tell me - however fickle apple may be - that they would include AOL in the operating system as a server option if it is officially unsupported.:p

    also i've seen plenty of similar threads (with no helpful answers) complaining of the same problem with gmail...
  14. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    Houston, TX
    lol i was thinking the same. 2011...people still use aol? :eek:
  15. macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2011
    ISO5 e-mail problem

    I have the same issue as others who are complaining about the Aol e-mail problem since upgrading to IOS 5, I have to keep this account because to many of the people I do genealogy with for over 17 years have this e-mail address and I like keeping them separate, plus I have a ton of saved e-mails in folders on my AOL account. My gmail and verizon accounts work fine,but on my aol account all of mye-mail I send gets stuck in an outbox.
    I have contacted Aol, At&t and Apple and the problem has not been resolved and help would be appreicated.

    Thanks in advance
  16. thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2008
    I have finally solved my problem. This was clearly something to do with the idiots over at AOL.

    As part of a routine security measure, I changed my password. I did this using the settings feature on That's when the problem began. After spending hours an hours trying to get aol to figure this out, I was able to solve the problem by installing an old version of AOL (9.0 or earlier) on my PC (NOT using and changing the password there. Once I did that, my iphone was able to send email again.

    Once I get the spare time and energy, I will get the h*ll away from aol and never look back. Can you believe that at one time they ruled the internet???

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