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How to configure your email to work with Mac Mail

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This tutorial explains how to configure your Email account with SiteGround to work on your Mac Mail application.

Configure Mac Mail automatically

You can easily configure your email accounts in Mac Mail. To check the settings, go to Site Tools > Email > Accounts:

Choose the preferred email account and go to the kebab menu > Mail Configuration:

Select the Autoconfigure tab and from the drop-down menu, choose the correct version for your Mac Mail:

  • MacOS® Mail.app® for versions prior to Lion (10.4+)
  • MacOS® Mail.app® for Lion (10.7+)
  • iOS for iPhone/iPad/iPod and MacOS® Mail.app® for Mountain Lion (10.8+)

Your browser will ask you to download a file on your computer. Download and open it. Then depending on your OS version, you may see different steps that are required to be performed different actions, so just follow the instructions you see after opening the file. Once the settings are imported you can open Mac Mail and your account will be imported there.

Important!The Mail Autoconfig feature will work only if your domain name is using the SiteGround nameservers. You can find more information on how to find the nameservers for your account here.

Configure Mac Mail manually

To begin with, click on the Apple Icon Menu on the top left of your screen and select the System Preferences… submenu.

You will be taken to your System Preferences screen where you can adjust various options of your Mac OS. Select the Internet Accounts link to proceed.

Here, you will see a list of all the different accounts you have registered including iCloud, FaceBook, Vimeo, etc. Scroll down and select the Add Other Account… option.

Next, select to add a Mail account on the next screen.

A pop-up will appear asking you to fill in your name and the Email address that you want to register with Mac Mail. Note, that people you send emails to will receive them from the name you enter here. This option, however, can be changed later on. Finally, click Sign in to proceed.

Now, you have to fill in the server settings for your Email account:

  • Email Address: – should be pre-filled with the value you’ve entered in the previous screen;
  • Username: – enter your full email address as a username, i.e user@domain.com. It will be used both for the incoming and outgoing connection;
  • Password: – enter the password for your email account;
  • Account Type: – it’s set to IMAP by default. Unless you specifically want to use POP3 you should leave it that way;
  • Incoming Mail Server: – add your domain name if it is pointed to your SiteGround website. Alternatively you can use the server hostname;
  • Outgoing Mail Server: – same as the incoming server;

You can also find the exact settings to use with each of your mail accounts with your Mac Mail in your Site Tools > Email > Accounts, choose the preferred email account and go to kebab menu > Mail Configuration and select Manual Settings tab.

Once you fill in all the details, press Sign In to proceed.

Finally, you will be asked which programs you want to use this account with. The available options depend on the applications you have installed on your account.

That’s it! You can now use your email account with the Mac Mail application.

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