Mac Mail Tutorial

Learn how to setup your email accounts in Mac Mail

This tutorial covers the following topics:

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 with the Mail Autoconfig tool in cPanel.

Open the tool and click on the Mac Mail button.

A new popup will appear in which you should select the desired domain and email account in the Domain: and Email: dropdowns.

When you click the Submit button a new section will appear in the popup providing you with several options to choose from:

  • 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+)

Pick the option that suits your case and click the Link button next to it.

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 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 popup 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 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 mail.yourdomain.com unless you have a specific MX records configuration for your domain name;
  • 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 cPanel -> Email Accounts -> More dropdown menu -> Configure Email Client. The instructions there include both secure and non-secure settings.

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.