How to Set Up Email on Your iPhone

By Techwalla Contributor

The Apple iPhone is much more than a cellphone. Like most popular smartphones on the market, it can run applications, connect to the Web for surfing and send and receive email. Setting up an existing email account on the iPhone takes only minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Activated iPhone
  • Email account
  • Couple of minutes

Step 1

Turn on the iPhone and tap the "Mail" icon on the home screen.

Step 2

Choose your email account type from the splash screen that appears. Choices include Microsoft Exchange, MobileMe, Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL and Other.

Step 3

Enter your email address, username and password. If this is one of the account types listed, with the exception of Other, you are now done. If you select "Other," there is more work to do.

Step 4

Click "Other," followed by "Add Mail Account." Type in your name, email address and password. You will be asked to enter other information, which varies depending on your provider. However, you'll likely be asked to specify a service type -- iMAP or POP, for example -- and your incoming mail server, which will resemble "mail.example.com." Enter your outgoing mail server in the format "smtp.example.com." If you have this email account set up on a computer, the information can be located there. Otherwise, see an IT professional at your office or seek the information in any documentation you received from your email provider.

Tips & Warnings

  • If this isn't the first time you've set up mail on the iPhone, the splash screen doesn't appear. Locate it under the "Settings" icon. Tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" and "New Account."
  • Changes that you make to your account on the iPhone are not reflected on your computer!