How to Add an Email Account to Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Adding an email account to your Mac is a simple process that allows you to conveniently access all of your emails in one place. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to add an email account to your Mac using the built-in Mail app.

Step 1: Open the Mail App

To get started, locate and open the Mail app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or use Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space and typing “Mail”.

Step 2: Add a New Account

Once the Mail app is open, click on the “Mail” menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “Preferences”. A new window will appear. Click on the “Accounts” tab at the top of this window.

Step 3: Choose Account Type

In the Accounts tab, click on the “+” button located at the bottom-left corner of the window. A list of different email account types will appear. Choose the appropriate account type for your email provider.


If you are setting up a Gmail account, select “Google”. Enter your full name, email address, and password.

Click on “Set Up”. The Mail app will automatically configure Gmail settings for you.


If you are adding an iCloud email account, select “iCloud”. Enter your Apple ID and password associated with iCloud. Click on “Set Up”.

Other Providers:

If you are using a different email provider, select “Other Mail Account”. Enter your name, email address, and password.

Step 4: Verify Account Settings

After clicking on “Set Up”, the Mail app will attempt to automatically verify your account settings. If successful, you will see a green checkmark next to each field. If not, you may need to manually enter your account information.

Incoming Mail Server:

Enter the incoming mail server and port number provided by your email provider. Choose the appropriate SSL type (usually SSL/TLS) and authentication method (usually Password).

Outgoing Mail Server:

Enter the outgoing mail server and port number provided by your email provider.

Step 5: Complete Setup

After verifying your account settings, click on “Done”. The Mail app will now add your email account and start downloading your messages. Once complete, you can access your emails by clicking on “Mailboxes” in the top-left corner of the Mail app.

Additional Accounts

If you have multiple email accounts that you would like to add, simply repeat Steps 2-5 for each additional account. The Mail app allows you to manage multiple accounts simultaneously.

  • Pro Tip: To switch between different email accounts in the Mail app, click on the account name in the left sidebar.
  • Note: Some email providers may require additional steps or specific server settings. Make sure to check with your provider if you encounter any issues during the setup process.

Congratulations! You have successfully added your email account to your Mac using the Mail app. Now you can enjoy the convenience of accessing all your emails in one place!

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