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Email: How to setup a email account in Mac Mail 8, 9, and 10


Please note this tutorial is specific to Mac Mail 8. To determine the version of mac mail in which you are using. Please see below:

  • Open Mac Mail
  • Select Mail
  • Select About Mail

If you are using version different then Mac Mail 8, please see the Related Articles section at the bottom of this article for a guide specific for your version.


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  • When do You use IMAP or use POP?

    • Hello Alfonso,

      It’s really personal preference. A POP account will download messages to your local system, and remove them from the server. Meaning if you are only checking your mail on one device, you won’t notice anything strange. An IMAP account, however, will ‘sync’ with the server, meaning the messages will appear in your inbox, and remain on the server until you actually delete them. IMAP is better if you are planning on using multiple devices to check the same email, or if you need to keep copies of your messages in case of system failure. IMAP also makes our backups a little more reliable, as all mail will be present at the time of the backup snapshot.

  • How can i change my MAC mail accounts from POP to IMAP?

    • Hi Alfonso,

      There’s really no way to toggle it back and forth, I am afraid. You would simply need to create a second account in Mac Mail, being sure to specify IMAP rather than POP.

  • So … after hours of frustration and pulling my hair out, I’ve come to the realization that :
    1) The video is annoying to watch more than once at such a small resolution.
    2) The 587 port information was the cause of my problems problem.

    Seriously, use screenshots next time. Users shouldn’t have to switch between a small video/fullscreen, when trying to configure their email clients on a mac. That’s just crazy talk.

    Secondly, the information for the incoming port was wrong. Looking around on the website I finally found that the incoming IMAP port is 143, outgoing IMAP port is 993 (ssl) : LINK :

    Once I changed that, emails just started pouring in and I got rid of all those horrible time-out errors where NOTHING I DID was right. This was of course after watching the video several times, wondering what the hell I did wrong … which apparently, was listening to the video.

    • Hi Angel! Thank you very much for your feedback and I’m glad to hear that you were able to get your mail up and running correctly. We have heard several mentions regarding the video tutorials and we’ll be sure to use screenshots for future tutorial posts. Thanks again and I apologize for the hassle of getting your mail client configured.

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