Setting Up Your Email

Email comes to you by means of an inbox, and is accessible either through a web page or an email browser such as Outlook or the Mac’s Mail program. Generally, in order to use an email browser your email should be set up to accommodate POP or IMAP. (Most services, even free ones, have that capability these days.) The difference between POP and IMAP means little to nothing to the average user, but your settings must be correct for whichever one your email provider uses.

You usually set up your email through Tools -> Email Accounts, or Preferences -> Accounts. Once your email is set up you should not have any problems with it, but sometimes the setup can be complicated. To set up your email, or to troubleshoot any problems, you will need to have the following information from your email provider:

  • Email/Username — Your full email address.
  • Password — The password for your email account.
  • Incoming Mail Server — The address for your incoming email server, usually something like “mail.somewhere.com,” or “pop.somewhere.com.”
  • Outgoing Mail Server — The server address for your outgoing email, usually something like “mail.somewhere.com,” or “smtp.somewhere.com.”

Make sure these settings are correct, and your email should be set properly in most situations. Sometimes, though, advanced settings may apply, and you may need the following information from your email provider (usually you can set these in a section like “Advanced Settings:”

  • Use SSL? — Most users don’t, but for added security you can use this if your provider allows for it. If you do, you will need to ensure your server port numbers are set correctly for SSL.
  • Incoming Server Port — Will normally be just a number, 3 or 4 digits long. It will differ depending on POP vs. IMAP, or SSL vs. non-SSL.
  • Outgoing Server Port — Another number, as above.

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