If you've ever switched e-mail accounts, you know how annoying it can be if you have to rebuild your contacts list and reference e-mails from the old account. Transferring the old account's messages and contacts to a new account within the same service is easy but what if you want to switch e-mail providers? The way AOL e-mail works makes it somewhat difficult to transfer data to accounts outside of AOL. However, if you're using Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or Google Gmail, there are options within each service to transfer AOL data within a few steps.
Open your Internet browser and visit the TrueSwitch page for Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail: Contacts (see Resources), depending on which service you use. TrueSwitch can import AOL e-mail information to both.
Enter the requested information, which will include your old AOL e-mail address and password and your new account's login information. For Yahoo! users, you must log in to your e-mail account before entering the "Contacts" tab, which then gives you an option under "Popular Tools" to import; Windows Live Hotmail users enter the data on one page, without as many steps.
Wait for the transfer to complete, then access AOL e-mails through either your Yahoo! Mail or Windows Live Hotmail account.
Open your Internet browser and go to Google's website. Click the "Gmail" link in the page's top-left corner.
Type in your user name and password, then hit "Sign In." Click "Settings" in the top-right corner and click the "Accounts and Import" tab.
Click "Import Mail and Contacts" and follow the on-screen directions, which will ask you for your old account's information and what you want to import. Give Google 24 to 48 hours to complete the transfer.
Navigate back to "Accounts and Import Settings" and consider enabling Mail Fetcher. Mail Fetcher will sync the two accounts, forwarding any new messages sent to the AOL account directly to your Gmail e-mail address. To enable Mail Fetcher, click "Add POP3 Email Account" under "Check mail using POP3" and enter the required AOL account information.