In an age of instant access, why not have it all? E-mail included. There’s only one problem: You are your own IT support and you have to set up your e-mail account. Don’t worry: learning how to use your new iPhone isn’t as scary as it sounds – Apple has made the process pretty easy, even though the iPhone doesn’t come with a manual. Just follow our guide; before you know it, you’ll have advanced to building apps and games for your iPhone.
Setting Up Your iPhone E-mail
First things first. In order to set up your e-mail account properly, you need to provide the following information:
- The e-mail service provider for your e-mail account
- The username and password for your e-mail account
- If your e-mail isn’t provided by a major provider like Google or Yahoo, you’ll need the incoming and outgoing mail server information. (Contact your e-mail provider, i.e. your employer or company, for that.)
- Locate and open the “Settings” on your iPhone.
- Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”
- Select “Add Account.”
- Select the type of account you’re adding. If your account is with a major provider (such as Yahoo, Gmail, MobileMe or AOL), all you have to do is enter in some basic info (e.g., email address, name and password). When you select “Add” after logging in your data, you’ve completed the process. If you’re using a provider not listed, select the “Other” option, followed by selecting “Add Mail Account.”
- Enter your email address, name and password. When you’re finished, select “Next.”
- Now select “POP” or “IMAP” depending on your account type. With a POP setting the server downloads your messages, but then erases them. IMAP, on the other hand, sends you copies of your messages, leaving the original messages on the server. IMAP is the default setting, and the one most people use.
- You should now see the personal data you entered with Step 5 is filled in. In the Incoming Mail Server section, input your host and username. This information can be supplied by your e-mail provider.
- Fill in the information for your Outgoing Mail Server. The information you enter here may not be the same, since host names relate to SMTP servers. If you get an error or the iPhone isn’t retrieving your email after setup, check with your e-mail provider to confirm your correct host name. Click “Next” to move to the next selection.
- Almost at the Finish Line. All that really remains is for you to decide which sort of data you get from this email account. “Mail” is the default setting and the setting most people use.
- Select “Save”…you’re now ready to get your e-mail on the go.
Technology makes your life easier. Don’t put off learning how to set up features on your mobile phone because they seem too complicated. In many cases, you can easily set up these features. In the long run, taking advantage of all the things your iPhone or any other smartphone can do will save you time and effort.
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