How to Move AOL Mail to the Computer

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The "Saved on My PC" feature is a Personal File Cabinet utility within the AOL e-mail client. Serving as a backup resource, "Saved on My PC" gives users the ability to move locally stored e-mail messages directly from the AOL e-mail account to the computer's hard drive. The utility can be accessed from the AOL Desktop application. It is relatively user-friendly to operate, and the transfer process can be completed expeditiously.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch the AOL Desktop software (see Warnings if you don't have the AOL Desktop application).

  2. 2

    Go to the AOL e-mail login screen in the AOL Desktop application.

  3. 3

    Type your AOL account username or e-mail address and password in the appropriate text fields on the login screen.

  4. 4

    Double-click "Sign In" below the text fields.

  5. 5

    Click "Mail" on your AOL e-mail account home page.

  6. 6

    Check the box on the left side of all of the e-mails you want to move to the computer.

  7. 7

    Click the "Save" tab directly above the AOL inbox to view its collapsible menu options. Select "On My PC."

  8. 8

    Select the "Incoming / Saved Mail" option. The selected e-mails will then be moved to that particular Personal File Cabinet folder. An America Online notification box will prompt you to confirm your decision.

  9. 9

    Click "OK" to confirm the transfer to the "Incoming / Saved Mail" folder in the AOL Personal File Cabinet.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also move the full personal file cabinet from one computer to another.
  • The AOL Desktop application is mandatory for mail transfers to the Personal File Cabinet. While e-mails can also be saved by simply logging into your account online, they will not be moved to the file cabinet. They'll only be stored to the "Incoming / Saved Mail" folder within the email account. If you don't have the AOL Desktop application, you'll need to download and install it.

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