How to setup email in Mac OS X El Yosemite

This article walks you through the steps for setting up Apple Mail 9.3 on Mac OS X El Capitan.

Step 1.  Open the Apple Mail application by clicking the Mail icon on the bottom dock. You can also type in the word ‘Mail’ into the search bar.

Step 2.  Click Mail in the top menu bar and then select Accounts option.  (This step is skipped in Sierra)

Step 3.  You will then see the Choose a mail account provider options, select Other Mail Accounts… then click Continue

Step 4.  You are now on the Add a Mail account option, for this example the email address is “youremail@yourhost.com.au”

Enter the following and then click on Create to continue:

  • Full Name: This is how you would like your name displayed when sending email.
  • Email Address: This field must contain the full email address.
  • Password: This is the password you set up for the email.

Step 5.  The Incoming Mail Server Info page requires all options to be filled in and then click on Next.

In this example, IMAP is used as the connection as this is the preferred protocol. But, not all email hosts support iMAP so if unsure, you are probably best choosing POP.

Confirm the following fields are configured:

  • Account Type: Choose IMAP or POP.
  • Mail Server: Provided by your email host
  • User Name: Your full email address.
  • Password: This is the password you set up for the email.

Step 6.  If it asks you to accept the certificate, click the Connect button to accept.

Step 7.  The Outgoing Mail Server Info page requires all options to be filled in and then click on Next.

Confirm the following fields are configured:

  • SMTP Server: Provided by your email host
  • User Name: Your full email address.
  • Password: This is the password you set up for the email.
  • Port:  If the port number is required, the most common port for outgoing mail is 587 but if unsure, check with your email host.

Step 6. Click the Create button to create the email address.

Your new email address is now set up and ready to use. You can send a test message to confirm it’s working properly.

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