How to Set up a New Mail Account on an iPhone

By Melissa Hincha-Ownby

The iPhone, manufactured by Apple, is a cross between a personal digital assistant, mobile phone and iPod. The iPhone even allows users to use the Mail functionality to send and receive emails from the phone. Configuring your iPhone to send and receive ISP's email messages is a straightforward process that can be done in just a few minutes. Read more to learn how.

Things You'll Need

  • IPhone Running v2.0+
  • ISP's mail settings

Step 1

Select the "Settings" option from the main screen. Choose the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" feature, near the bottom of the screen.

Step 2

Press the "Add Account" option. Next, you will be asked to choose either "Microsoft Exchange account", "Mobile Me", "Gmail", "Yahoo! Mail", "AOL mail" or "Other". Since you want to set up a new mail account in order to check your ISP's mail, choose "Other".

Step 3

Enter your name and email address, as well as a password and brief description of the account. Click on the "Save" button.

Step 4

Wait for your iPhone to verify that the account information has been entered correctly. You will then be brought back to the "Accounts" screen. Select your newly created account from the list.

Step 5

Scroll down to enter the "Outgoing Mail Server" information. Due to security features used by ISPs, AT&T has created a universal SMTP (a type of outgoing mail server) that iPhone owners can use to send mail from an iPhone while on a 3G or Edge network.

Step 6

Select the "SMTP" option. From the next screen, choose the AT&T SMTP Server option. You will need to choose "ON" in order to activate the service. To deactivate, simply click on the "OFF" option.

Step 7

Click the "SMTP" button near the top of your iPhone display to return to the previous screen. You have now successfully created a new mail account on your iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have multiple email accounts, you can repeat this process to enable your iPhone to check all of your email accounts.