How to Create a Continuous Forward From AOL to Gmail Emails

By Steve Gregory

Gmail can retrieve AOL messages.
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AOL Mail does not have a built-in email forwarding feature. However, the absence of this feature will not prevent you from having your AOL messages continuously forwarded to your Gmail account. Gmail's Mail Fetcher feature automatically retrieves your current and new AOL messages and downloads them directly to your Gmail inbox. Therefore, you can avoid making requests to your business clients, vendors and staff to use your Gmail address for email correspondence instead of your AOL address if you prefer using your Gmail interface to check your email.

Log in to your Gmail inbox (link in Resources).

Select the gear icon and choose the "Settings" option to open the Settings window.

Select "Accounts and Import" from the list of tabs to display the list of Accounts and Import options.

Select "Add a POP3 Mail Account You Own" in the Check Mail From Other Accounts section to open the window to add your AOL Mail account.

Type your full AOL email address in to the text field.

Click "Next Step" to go to the Mail Settings window. Some fields on the Mail Settings window are pre-populated by Gmail. Fill out the other fields and select the applicable settings. For example, enter your AOL password in the Password field and decide if want to leave a copy of the retrieved email in your AOL email account.

Click the "Add Account" button and follow the instructions of each step. For example, decide if you want to send emails using your AOL email address.

Click the "Send Verification" button after completing the steps. Gmail sends a verification code email to your AOL address.

Sign in to your AOL email account and click the Gmail verification email.

Click the email's confirmation link to finish the setup process. A Gmail Confirmation Success page opens to confirm the successful completion of the process.


You can reply to your AOL messages with your AOL address or your Gmail address. Click the "From" field when you are replying to a message and select the email address you want to use.