Mac Mail 3.6 and AOL

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  1. nineteen73 macrumors member

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    #1
    Hello MacRumors,

    Recently, I've acquired an iBook G4 PPC with Leopard 10.5.8 for tinkering purposes, and have set my attention on Mail 3.6. I have successfully been able to get Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail to work, but not AOL. More specifically, I can receive emails through AOL but can't send them out. (At the time of my testing, I also couldn't email from my Android phone as well, more on this later)

    I have visited many sites that have instructed me on how to set the SMTP. I've even tried several configurations just for the sake of it. I was unsuccessful every time. When I'd use Connection Doctor to test the IMAP/SMTP on suggested configurations, I'd get a green dot and a message stating, "Connection and login to server succeeded" But I still couldn't send out emails.

    One site I visited was the Image Challenge from AOL. This actually seem to correct the issue with my Android phone. However, I still can't send emails out via Mail 3.6

    Any advice?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The fact that you cannot send messages is not a flaw in Mail. It is an artifact of the security policy between your ISP and AOL. The fix is simple:


    Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp.aol.com:screen name

    Click the [Server Settings...] button.

    Uncheck Use Secure Sockets Layer

    Authentication: [Password]
    Server port: 587

    Enter your AOL Screen Name and password in their proper locations.
     
  3. nineteen73 thread starter macrumors member

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    I tried using smtp:aol.com:username

    unchecked SSL

    Port: 587

    And this time Network Doctor responded with a red light an an error.
     
  4. nineteen73 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all your help MisterMe!

    I found out the right info from AOL finally.

    IMAP Setup Information

    Email Address: username@aol.com
    IMAP Username: username@aol.com
    Incoming Mail Server: imap.aol.com
    SMTP Outgoing Server Address: smtp.aol.com
    Set the port to 587
    SMTP Username: username@aol.com
    SMTP Password: same as used to login to Mail
    For a secure connection check the SSL option for IMAP/POP and TLS for SMTP in your mail program.

    POP Setup Information

    Email Address: username@aol.com
    POP Username: username@aol.com
    Incoming Mail Server: pop.aol.com
    Remember to check the option for leaving messages on the server
    SMTP Outgoing Server Address: smtp.aol.com
    Set the port to 587
    SMTP Username: username@aol.com
    SMTP Password: same as used to login to Mail

    I hope this serves as useful to other AOL email users. :)
     

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