How to Set Up Email on a Mac

By Joshua Duvauchelle

The Mac OSX comes with Apple Mail pre-installed. Apple Mail is an email management program developed by Apple and compatible with all major free email providers such as Google Gmail and Microsoft Live as well as most private email services.

Step 1

Click the "Mail" icon in its default location on the dock to launch the Mac email management software. If you have customized your dock, you can locate the original application file within the "Applications" folder.

Step 2

Click "File" in the top menu bar of Apple Mail and select "New Account" or "Add Account" (depending on your version of the Mac operating system) from the drop-down menu. The Apple Mail Account assistant screen will appear.

Step 3

Enter the name with which you wish to attach to this new email account as well as your email address and password. Click "Continue."

Step 4

Select your email account type (SMTP or POP) from the drop-down menu. Then enter your email server, username (typically the text before the "@" symbol in your email address) and password. If you are unsure of your email server, contact your email service provider. Click "Continue."

Step 5

Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the setup process. Click "Finish" on the last screen of the Apple Mail Account assistant.

Step 6

Click "Inbox" in the left-hand navigational pane in Apple Mail. Apple Mail will then download all of your email into the Mac interface. If your Mac does not immediately begin syncing with your email server, click the "Get Mail" icon in the top left-hand corner of the Apple Mail program.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apple Mail can be synced with your PDA, hand-held device or iPhone to manage your email whenever you are away from your computer.

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