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How to configure accounts in Mail



In this article i’ll show you how to configure email accounts in Mail in Mac OS X v10.5. The exact steps to take depend on the email service you use.

Before you configure Mail

  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet (test with a web browser, for example).
  • Use Software Update to install the latest available updates.

Configuring Mail via “Automatically set up account”

Mail in Mac OS X 10.5 includes the “Automatically set up account” option. This option configures email settings for many popular email service providers, including MobileMe.

If this option is not present, that means the email service provider you have entered is not recognized. Make sure the domain (the part after the “@” symbol) is spelled correctly. If the domain is spelled correctly, skip this section and proceed to the “Manually configuring Mail for a email service” section.

1) Open Mail (click it on the Dock or open it from the Applications folder).

2) If the “Welcome to Mail” assistant does not appear, choose Add Account from the Filemenu.

3) Fill in the Full Name, Email address, and Password fields. If needed, contact your email service provider for details.

Note: Your email account password will be stored in Keychain and used automatically to login to your email account when you open Mail.

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4) Click  “Continue”.

Manually configuring Mail

Note: You should make note of your email settings. Contact your email service vendor and note all of the details needed to fill in your settings. During the setup process, you will need these details to complete the setup process. You can either print the sheet and write on it, or paste it into a text document and fill it in on your Mac. Keep the sheet for later reference in case you need it.

1) Open Mail (click it on the Dock or open it from the Applications folder).

2) If the “Welcome to Mail” assistant does not appear, choose Add Account from the Filemenu.

3) Fill in the Full Name, Email address, and Password fields.

Note: Your email account password will be stored in Keychain and used automatically to login to your email account when you open Mail.

 

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4) Click Continue to proceed.

5) Choose the proper Account Type.

6) Give your account a useful description, such as “Anne’s Gmail account” or “Juan’s Yahoo! email account”. It can be called whatever you want.

7) Enter your Incoming Mail Server, User Name and Password. Click on Continue to proceed.

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8) If prompted, enter your Incoming Mail Security settings. Click Continue to proceed.

9) For Outgoing Mail Server, a useful description such as “Gmail Outgoing Mail Server” or “Yahoo! Outgoing Mail Server”.

10) Enter the Outgoing Mail Server details.

11) If necessary, select “Use Authentication” and enter your User Name and Password. Click Continue to proceed.

12) If prompted, enter your Outgoing Mail Security settings. Click Continue to proceed.

 

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13)  Click “Create” to complete the process.

After completing these steps you should be able to send and receive email via this account. If you can’t send or receive email, contact your ISP for assistance (even if you don’t use your ISP’s email service), or visit any online help or support websites they offer. Have your email settings on hand to inform the ISP support of the needs of your email service provider.

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