How to Find Your POP3 & SMTP Address

By Diana LaRose

When you set up an e-mail client, you must provide information about the servers that store and process your e-mail messages. This setup information is necessary whether you use an e-mail account provided by an Internet service provider (ISP) or a web-based e-mail account such as Hotmail. Two commonly used types of servers are Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). A POP3 server stores the messages sent to you and allows you to download them to your computer. An SMTP server processes the messages you send across the Internet.

For an ISP e-mail account

Step 1

Go to your ISP's web site.

Step 2

Click the link for e-mail setup. If your ISP's site does not have one, type "POP3" into the search box on the home page. Or, call your ISP's technical support number during normal hours of operation.

Step 3

Find the listings for the POP3 and SMTP servers.

For a web-based e-mail account

Step 1

Go to the home page of your web-based e-mail provider.

Step 2

Click the link for support and find the information on e-mail servers, or type "POP3" into the search box on the home page.

Step 3

Find the listings for the POP3 and SMTP servers.