Setup an email account on an iPad or iPhone

Last Updated on May 14, 2020 by Next Century

There are two ways you can set up an email account in the Mail app on your iOS device — automatically or manually.

If you use an email provider like iCloud, Google or Yahoo, Mail can automatically set up your email account with just your email address and password.

Automatic Email Account Setup

  • Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Add Account and select you email provider

  • Enter your email address and password

  • Tap Next and wait for Mail to verify your account

  • Choose information from your email account, like Contacts or Calendars

  • Tap Save

Manual Email Account Setup

  • Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Add Account > Other > Add Mail Account

  • Enter your Name, full Email address, Password and a Description for your account

  • Tap Next 

    Mail will try to find the email settings and finish your account setup. If Mail finds your email settings, tap Done to complete your account setup and skip the rest of the steps

  • If Mail can’t find your email settings, you need to enter them manually.

    Choose iMAP or POP for your new account.   Majority of people with a mobile device choose iMAP as it will be able to synchronize and backup your emails.

    Enter the information for Incoming Mail Server and Outgoing Mail Server that has been provided to you by your provider.

  • If your email settings are correct, tap Save to finish. If the email settings are incorrect, you will be asked to edit them.

If you still can’t set up your email account or save your email settings, contact your email provider for further assistance.

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