AOL Mail: An Alternative email service to Gmail and Yahoo

AOL Mail is a free email service provided by Verizon Communications’ division, AOL. These days we are familiar with only Gmail, Yahoo and some other well-known web-based email services but AOL Mail is one of the first to provide the service in the initial era of the internet. In its prime time, AOL Mail was the world’s largest e-mail provider and it has largest subscribers with around 9 million as of October 1997. At that time, to use email service of AOL mail, one has to be an AOL subscriber.

Aol Mail

AOL is a search engine just like Google and Yahoo. It provides news, search results of images, videos, maps, shopping and many more. So, the AOL mail service is provided by AOL and it has more than 25 million users across the world.

Features of AOL Mail

We are familiar with the services of Yahoo and Gmail. The services cater to this email service provider are phenomenal. Being one of the eldest and one of the best in its prime AOL mail has a lot to offer at this as well. There are several loyal users of AOL mail at the present and it is being used in several companies as their primary channel of communication. So let’s see what are the features of AOL mail that make it distinct from other email services.

  • Email attachment limit – AOL mail offers maximum attachment limit of “25 MB”
  • Max mailbox size – 4,000 old messages, 4,000 sent messages per screen name and 1,000 new messages. Maximum mailbox storage is 250 GB if all messages have 25 MB attachments.
  • Supported protocols – It supports POP3, IMAP, SMTP, and Cryptographic Protocol
  • AOL Mail allows the facility to link to other email accounts from other service providers including Gmail and Hotmail.
  • Ads – AOL Mail has ads. While working with the email account ads are displayed. If there are embedded links in emails then they are automatically disabled and can only be activated by the user himself.
  • AOL mail provides spam protection
  • AOL mail is best known for virus protection
  • While writing or drafting mail AOL Mail provides the features of spell checking
  • Unsend Email – Just like WhatsApp it provides the feature of unsend capability but is limited for mails sent to another AOL or AIM mailbox
  • Domain Names – is the main domain for AOL mail but additionally, other domain names including,,, and (YGM stands for you’ve got mail) are used.
  • AOL mail provide support SSL/HTTPS after login
  • Account Expiration (Inactivity) – After Inactivity of 90 days, an AOL Mail account may become deactivated and while deactivation any emails sent to the account may not be delivered and may be returned to sender. If an AOL Mail account is inactive 180 days then the account may be deleted permanently.

How to Create an Account on AOL Mail

Creating an account on AOL mail is quite simple. If you have made an email account earlier with other service providers then you might be familiar with the process. We have given a small tutorial on how to create an AOL mail account.

Step 1 – Open the site given below

Step 2 – Here, you shall see an option of login and to create a new account click on “Create Account”.

Step 3 – It will open the “Sign up” page where you have to fill all the required information in the fields.

Step 4 – Then click on “Continue” and on the next page, you will have to provide other required information such as other email address for backup.

Step 5 – Your AOL Mail account is created now.

This is how you can create AOL mail account easily on your mobile and PC as well. See, it is quite similar to Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and other similar service providers but somehow it is offering some distinctive features including mailbox storage, mobile application, etc. If your company has a mandatory policy regarding AOL Mail then you can easily make and create an account with the process given above. If you face any trouble while following the process or if you have any feedback for us then you can reach us through the comment box.

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