Mac Mail Account Settings

This instruction set will guide you through checking your e-mail account settings in Mac Mail. The images here may be slightly different than those you have in your version of Mac Mail but the settings are the same for all versions.

Is this the first time you are using MAC Mail on this computer? Click here.
Already using Mac Mail on this computer and just adding another e-mail address? Click here.

To check settings for an existing Mac Mail account, continue on this page.

Open Mac Mail. The Icon looks like a postage stamp

Once you've opened Mail, click on the menu labeled "Mail", and select "Preferences".



The Mac Mail preferences window will appear.
Click "Accounts" on the top row of icons and select the "Account Information" tab (to the right).

Account Info

The Account type should be POP.

Description You can type anything you wish here to describe the account.
We find it makes sense to use the e-mail address.

E-Mail Address should be your e-mail address.

Full Name can be your name, a nickname, business name, etc.
This will be visible on any e-mail you send from this account.

Incoming Mail Server should be

User Name is the part of your email address before the @ sign.

Password is the password for your this email address.

Outgoing Mail Server
You can edit the Outgoing Mail Server by clicking the "Server Settings" button.

Outgoing SMTP

The Outgoing Mail Server should be

The Server port should be 587

Authentication should be "None".

You can click OK to close the SMTP Server Options.


Finally, Click on the Advanced tab at the top.

Make sure that the Port is 110 and Use SSL is *not* selected.

Authentication should be set to Password.

That's all there is to it! Close the Accounts window by clicking the red circle in the top right corner. If you made changes, Mac Mail should ask if you want to save the settings. Once that is done, you are ready to use Mail for OS X.

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