AOL has been on my list of "The Worst Companies" for many years. Let's start with AOL Mail. Even people who pay for their AOL service (is there anyone out there who does) can't forward their mail. Forwarding? Such a simple thing and AOL doesn't allow it? That's right! You know why? Because AOL knows very clearly that sites like GMail are now dominating the free e-mail market and everyone wants their e-mails forwarded to finally get rid of AOL. But as long as AOL denies forwarding, they'll keep their small market share in the e-mail world.
But I'm gonna show you how to get your e-mail forwarded. Simply use...a GMail account! Here's how:
- Start by creating a free GMail account at http://www.gmail.com/
- Once you are in your new inbox, click Settings at the top right of the screen.
- Click Accounts
- Under 'Get Mail from other accounts' click 'Add another mail account'.
- Type your AOL e-mail address and click Next Step.
- Type your password and leave the POP settings the way they are (the standard settings should work fine for you).
- Choose the other options such as 'Leave mail on server' which will place everything in the Old Mail folder on AOL once GMail gets it. If you leave this unchecked, you will no longer have any mail in AOL. Click 'Add Account'.
- If you want all of your current AOL mail forwarded to your new e-mail address, then immediately go to the 'Fowarding and POP/IMAP' tab on top.
- In 'Forwarding', type your e-mail address into the box and choose whether to keep GMails copy or not. Click 'Save Settings'.
Next I'll talk about the AOL Bloatware.