How to Import AOL emails into Thunderbird?


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Import AOL emails to Thunderbird safely and swiftly

If you are facing issues to import AOL emails to Thunderbird then don't go anywhere. Take help of this article where we are mentioning safe solutions for exporting AOL database to Mozilla Thunderbird. AOL is a webmail application by which users can access AOL database online from anywhere. But when users want to access their database in offline mode, it creates a problem for them. Thunderbird is a good option for users to access AOL emails in offline mode. With this post, simply import the database in a safe manner.

Reasons behind import AOL to Thunderbird

There are various reasons behind adding AOL account to Thunderbird which are discussed below –

  • Over cloud, there remains a risk of data loss, so it is advised to export AOL mailbox data on the local machine.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird allows users to access multiple email accounts on the local machine.
  • When the server is down, one cannot access their data so it is advised to export AOL emails to Thunderbird.
  • Data stored on the web is always risky. There is a risk of data leakage or data breach.

Different ways to add AOL account in Thunderbird

To export from AOL to Mozilla Thunderbird, a user can have two options - manual method or professional solution. Both are discussed below one by one.

Method 1. Configure AOL account in Thunderbird manually

  • Open Thunderbird application
  • Click on Tools – Account Settings – Account Actions Options
  • Choose Add Mail account option
  • Now, enter the name in your name field
  • Type full email address in the email address field
  • Type the password of AOL account and click Ok to continue
  • Make sure IMAP is selected to export AOL files to Thunderbird
  • Choose Manual configuration. Under host name, verify the following settings –
  1. Incoming: imap.aol.com/Port: Either 993 (SSL) or 143 (very frequently)
  2. Outgoing: smtp.aol.com/Port: Either 26 or 468 (SSL)
  • Click on the Retest option
  • Click on the Create Account option. Then, check your emails in Mozilla Thunderbird
  • At last, configure the folder properly in Thunderbird by clicking on Tools – Account Settings – Copies and folders.

Method 2. Professional solution to import AOL to Thunderbird

Here is another solution Softaken AOL to Thunderbird Importer Tool which is suggested by professionals to import AOL emails to Thunderbird. The software provides 100% safe and accurate export of AOL account database. The users can select all database or some selected folders of AOL account to export into Thunderbird. There are no modifications done to any file by the utility during this migration. The software can be installed on all Windows operating systems.

The application has few steps working to export AOL files to Thunderbird -

  • Firstly, install the application on your Windows machine
  • Enter AOL account username and password to login
  • Select AOL folders to export and choose MBOX format to export AOL to Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Specify a path to locate the exported files and then place mouse cursor to Process button

Bottom Lines

Importing cloud database to desktop seems to be a difficult task for users. Therefore, we have covered both manual as well as software solutions to export AOL files to Thunderbird. A user can choose between these two methods as per their choices. However, with manual solutions users can face some issues like too much time is consumed, no surety of data safety, not suitable for non-technical users, etc. So, it is advised to use third-party software as suggested above that migrates the database in a less time period and without any errors. You can examine the utility with a free trial option. Plus, a technical support team is there to handle user queries all the time.


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