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How to Add and Set Up Email on Your iPhone Mail App

When you buy a new phone, the first thing you probably do is set up your email. There are two ways to do this on the iPhone. You can either install the official app for your mail service or have the iOS Mail app manage your emails for you. If you prefer to use the built-in email app, here’s how to add an email account to your iPhone.

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To add an email address to your iPhone’s Mail app, go to Settings–>Mail–>Accounts–>Add accounts. Select the email service you want to use and sign in. Also, make sure IMAP is enabled in your email service settings. The Mail app will then populate with your emails.

How to Add an Email Account to Your iPhone

Here are the steps to get email up and running on your iPhone.

Enable IMAP Mail

To add an email account to your iPhone Mail app, first go to your email service settings and enable IMAP. In Gmail, you can access it directly by clicking this link (Gmail for desktop only.)

In the Forwarding and POP/IMAP section, choose Enable IMAP in the IMAP access section. IMAP allows you to send email to an external third-party email client – in this case, Apple Mail – and sync any changes made in Apple Mail with the Gmail website. It is therefore essential not to forget this step.

Go to Apple Mail Settings on iPhone

Once IMAP is enabled, go to Apple Mail settings on your iPhone. This can be found at Settings -> Mail.

iOS Settings Mail App

Scroll down and tap Accounts.

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You will now see a selection of the main messaging platforms. Choose the one you want to use. If you are using another email service, select Other. In this case, you must have the IMAP settings from your email provider. On the other hand, if you use one of the major services listed here, Apple Mail streamlines the process more easily.

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Most people use Gmail, so let’s use that as an example. Tapping Google will bring up a secure Gmail login page. Log in with your email account details.

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Once you have successfully logged in, enable the Mail tongue. This will start the process of syncing your emails with Apple Mail, and the inbox and folders will start to fill up. If you want to sync your calendar, contacts, and notes, turn those on too.

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First, check the login details, which you can get from your email service. Second, make sure IMAP is enabled in your email service settings. Third, make sure Background refresh is enabled in your iPhone settings. To do this, go to Settings -> General -> Background App Refreshand activate it.

You need to enable notifications. Go to Settings -> Notificationsand enable notifications for the Mail app.

As much as you want. There are no limits. However, if the Mail app downloads emails from multiple email addresses at once, you will have a speed issue on your phone. So it’s best to have one or two email addresses on your iPhone and put a forwarding rule on the others to your iPhone email addresses.