How to Add an Email Account on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Adding an email account on your Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to manage all your emails from one central location. Whether you’re setting up a personal email account or a work email account, here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Open the Mail App

To begin, locate and open the Mail app on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the Mail icon in your dock or by searching for “Mail” using Spotlight (Cmd + Space).

Step 2: Access Preferences

Once the Mail app is open, click on “Mail” in the menu bar at the top of your screen and select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd + , (comma) to access preferences.

Step 3: Add a New Account

In the Preferences window, navigate to the “Accounts” tab and click on the “+” button at the bottom left corner. This will initiate the process of adding a new email account.

Step 4: Choose Account Type

A new window will appear with different options for adding an email account. Select the type of account you want to add – whether it’s iCloud, Exchange, Google, Yahoo!, or any other type of account.

iCloud Account:

If you choose to add an iCloud account, enter your Apple ID and password in the provided fields and click “Sign In”. Your iCloud email will automatically be added to your Mail app.

Other Email Accounts:

If you choose to add a non-iCloud email account, select “Add Other Account..” and click “Continue”. You’ll be prompted to enter your name, email address, password, and other details necessary for setting up your specific email account.

Step 5: Verify Account Settings

After entering your account details, click on the “Sign In” or “Continue” button to proceed. The Mail app will attempt to verify your account settings and establish a connection with the email server. This may take a few moments.

Step 6: Customize Account Settings

Once your email account has been added successfully, you can customize its settings according to your preferences. You can choose how frequently Mail checks for new messages, set up mailboxes and rules, and configure other advanced options.

Step 7: Start Using Your Email Account

Congratulations! You have successfully added an email account on your Mac.

You can now start using the Mail app to send, receive, and manage emails from this account. Simply click on the account name in the sidebar of the Mail app to access your inbox and other folders.


If you have multiple email accounts, you can repeat these steps to add all of them to the Mail app. This allows you to have all your emails conveniently organized in one place.

  • Tips:
    • If you encounter any issues while adding an email account, double-check that you’ve entered all the required information correctly.
    • If you’re unsure about any specific settings, consult your email service provider’s documentation or contact their support for assistance.
    • Make sure you have a stable internet connection before attempting to add an email account.

In conclusion, adding an email account on your Mac is a simple process that allows you to consolidate all your emails in one place. By following these steps, you can easily set up and manage multiple email accounts using the Mail app on your Mac. Stay organized and efficient by keeping all your emails conveniently accessible!

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