How to Add Email Account to Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to add an email account to your Mac. Adding an email account allows you to conveniently access and manage your emails without having to use a web browser. Follow these simple steps to get started:

Step 1: Open Mail App

To begin, open the Mail app on your Mac. You can find it in the Dock or by searching for “Mail” using Spotlight.

Step 2: Go to Preferences

Once the Mail app is open, click on “Mail” in the menu bar at the top of your screen, and then select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Add New Account

In the Preferences window, click on the “Accounts” tab. To add a new email account, click on the plus (+) button at the bottom left corner of the window.

Step 4: Select Account Type

A popup will appear asking you to select the type of email account you want to add. Choose from options such as iCloud, Google, Yahoo!, Exchange, or Other Mail Account. For example, if you want to add a Gmail account, select “Google”.

Step 5: Enter Your Email Address

In the next window, enter your full email address and click “Continue”.

Step 6: Enter Your Password

Enter your password and click “Sign In”. If you have two-factor authentication enabled for your email account, you may be prompted to enter a verification code that is sent to your phone or another trusted device.


If you’re adding an Exchange account, you might also need to enter your server address and username.

Step 7: Configure Account Settings

The Mail app will attempt to automatically configure your email account settings. If successful, you can proceed to Step 8. However, if the automatic configuration fails, you will need to manually enter the settings provided by your email provider.

For Manual Configuration:

Click on “Account Type” dropdown and select the appropriate option. Enter the incoming and outgoing mail server information, as well as any additional details requested by your email provider. Once done, click on “Sign In”.

Step 8: Start Using Your Email Account

Congratulations! You have successfully added your email account to your Mac. You can now start using the Mail app to send and receive emails with ease.


If you have multiple email accounts, you can repeat these steps to add them all to the Mail app.

By following these simple steps, you can conveniently access all your email accounts in one place using the Mail app on your Mac. Enjoy a clutter-free inbox and stay organized!

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