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How to: Add Email Accounts to iPhone

Using your iPhone to read and reply to emails sure is a great way to stay in touch with friends and colleagues. Many people use their iPhone for email communication because it’s productive and doesn’t require you to sit in front of a computer. You can use your iPhone to access both your personal as well as business emails. You can also add multiple accounts to your iPhone which is useful in case you have multiple accounts for various purposes.

In this article, we will go through a step-by-step guide to adding your email accounts to iPhone both automatically and manually.

Automatic and Manual Accounts

There are two ways that you can add your email account on your iPhone:

  1. Automatic
  2. Manual

Let’s have a look at the difference in both configurations

Automatic

When you add an account through automatic configuration, it just simply means that the app will automatically configure your account. This is the fastest way to add your email account and takes about 1-2 minutes. You will need your email address and password, and the rest will be handled by the app. As much as everyone would like to use automatic configurations, it isn’t available for all types of accounts. Mainly, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and other popular webmail providers can be automatically configured. If you are adding an email account of one of these providers then you don’t have to worry.

If you are using some other webmail provider then you will have to switch to manual configuration which isn’t rocket science but takes a little bit more time.

Manual

In manual configuration, as its name suggest, you will have to set up the account manually. This means that you will have to enter the incoming server name and outgoing server name yourself. This would have done automatically in case of automatic configuration but you have to enter these settings yourself if you are adding your account manually.

You will mainly use manual configuration when your email account is a custom one or a corporate one. For example, if your company gave you an email account then your mail app might not have the settings for that account. So, you will have to enter it yourself. There are a few things that you need in order to add the account manually but those will be covered later.

IMAP and POP3

You need not be concerned by IMAP or POP3 if you are planning on using automatic configuration. You need to know about IMAP and POP3 only if you are adding your account manually.

IMAP

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. It’s an email protocol that, if used, will tell your email client how to deal with your emails. An account that is configured with IMAP syncs across devices and replicates the changes made on your phone to the server. So, this is like your regular email and how it works. Let’s say that you edited an email from your phone and then check that from your computer, it should be updated there too. If you want your email to be just the way it is right now and want to use it from multiple devices then pick IMAP.

POP3

POP3 stands for Post Office Protocol and the 3 stands for the 3rd version. POP3 is another protocol that you can use to configure your email account manually. POP3 is a little bit different from IMAP as in it doesn’t sync the changes to the server. If you pick POP3 while adding your account, your emails will be downloaded to your phone. Since your emails are downloaded and are offline, whatever changes you make to those will not be replicated on your server.

This is mainly suited for people who want to keep a backup of their emails on their phone or for people who use just one machine to access emails. Usually people pick this protocol for their business email and use just one computer or phone specifically for business. So, if you are looking for a way to store your emails at a single place then POP3 should be your choice.

Knowing about IMAP and POP3 is important because you will be asked to pick the protocol when adding your account manually. You don’t have to worry about which one to pick because you can always remove your added account and add it again with a different protocol. But, it’s good to make up your mind if you don’t want to waste your time.

Adding Email Account Automatically

In this article, we will be adding a Hotmail account with automatic configuration. Since the steps of adding an account are pretty much the same, you can use the steps for Hotmail for adding other accounts as well.

The information needed to add your email account automatically is given below

  1. Email Address
  2. Password

Getting the password

The password you type while adding the account will depend on whether or not you have enabled the 2-step verification system for your account.

2-Step Verification Enabled

If you have 2-Step verification enabled then you will need to enter an App Password in the password field. You can get your App password by following these steps

  1. Open your browser and sign-in to your Hotmail account
  2. Click on your display picture (on the top right corner) and click View Account

  1. Select Security

  1. Select Update info under the section named Update your security info. You might have to enter your password

  1. Click more options

  1. Scroll down and select Create a new app password under the App passwords section

  1. It will automatically generate a new password for you
  2. Copy or note this app password somewhere

2-Step Verification Disabled

If your 2-Step verification system is disabled for your account then you will need to enter your email account’s password in the password field and it will work.

Now, follow the steps given below to add your Hotmail account automatically

  1. Go to the Settings from your iPhone
  2. Select Mail
  3. Select Account
  4. Select Add Account

  1. Now you will be able to see the webmail providers listed on the screen. Select the Hotmail or Outlook

  1. Enter your email address
  2. Enter your password. Go to the Getting the password section above if you aren’t sure which password to enter
  3. Click Next

  1. Wait for the app to verify your account.

Once it is done, you can change the settings related to sync and your account. Change the settings as per your requirement and click Save

That’s it. Your account is added. You can use the same steps for adding accounts of other webmail providers as well. You will be able to see the providers that are available for automatic configuration like Gmail, Yahoo and AOL etc. If your provider isn’t in the list (the list that appears when you select add account) then you should go with the other option which is the manual configuration. The manual configuration will be covered in the next section.

Another thing to keep in mind is that sometimes you won’t be able to add your account automatically even if the email or password is right. This will happen if your “Allow less secure apps” option is disabled in your email account. The “Allow less secure app” option will appear when you have 2-step Verification Disabled. Some accounts don’t have that option and you can use your password without any problem but other accounts might need that option enabled for your password to work. So, you’ll have to check your account to see whether this option is there or not. Gmail and Yahoo will have this option so turn that on if you are having trouble signing in.

Adding Email Account Manually

As mentioned before, the information that is needed to add your account manually is not the same when you add your account automatically. So, here’s the information that you will be needing when adding your account manually

Things needed to add account via Manual Configurations

  1. Email address
  2. Password (see Getting the password in the above section)
  3. Incoming Server Name
  4. Outgoing Server Name
  5. Protocol (IMAP or POP3)
  6. Port Numbers

The password that you will be using will depend on whether you have your 2-Step Verification Enabled or Disabled. If you have your 2-Step Verification Enabled then you will need the App password generated from your account to add your email successfully. You will use that App Password instead of your regular email account password. If you have 2-Step Verification Disabled then you can use your email account’s password. But don’t forget to enable the option that says, “Allow less secure apps” otherwise you will have problem in signing in with your regular password as well. If you want a step by step instruction set then look at the Getting the password section above.

Since we already know that you can use both IMAP and POP3 to configure your account manually, we will go through the steps for both IMAP as well as POP3 in this section. Let’s first have a look at IMAP.

IMAP

The steps for adding an account manually with IMAP are given below.

  1. Go to the Settings from your iPhone
  2. Select Mail
  3. Select Account
  4. Select Add Account

  1. Select Other from the list of providers that appear on the screen

  1. Select Add Mail Account

  1. Enter your name
  2. Enter your email address
  3. Enter your password. Go to the Getting the password section above if you aren’t sure which password to enter
  4. Enter description. It can be anything like “My personal account” or something else. It doesn’t affect the procedure
  5. Press Next

  1. Now Mail will automatically try to detect the settings for your account. Sometimes the app might automatically import your settings. If it does, then just press Done or Save and you won’t have to do anything. If it doesn’t, then continue
  2. Select IMAP from the top of your screen
  3. Enter Hostname in Incoming Mail Server. This should be e.g. imap-mail.outlook.com, imap.gmail.com and imap.mail.yahoo.com for Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo, respectively. If you have any other provider then the general rule is to write imap.domain.com or imap.mail.domain.com
  4. Enter Username. This should be your full email address e.g. john@example.com or just the “john” part of your email address in john@example.com. Both will work.
  5. Enter password

  1. Enter Hostname in the Outgoing Mail Server. This should be e.g. smtp-mail.outlook.com, smtp.gmail.com and smtp.mail.yahoo.com for Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo, respectively. If you have any other provider then the general rule is to write smtp.domain.com or smtp.mail.domain.com
  2. Enter Username. This should be your full email address e.g. john@example.com or just the “john” part of your email address in john@example.com. Both will work.
  3. Enter password
  4. Press Next and wait for the Mail app to check the information you just provided

  1. If all the information is correct then you should be done.
  2. Press Save once it is done and you will be good to go

POP3

The steps for adding an account manually with POP are given below.

  1. Go to the Settings from your iPhone
  2. Select Mail
  3. Select Account
  4. Select Add Account

  1. Select Other from the list of providers that appear on the screen

  1. Select Add Mail Account

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  1. Enter your name
  2. Enter your email address
  3. Enter your password. Go to the Getting the password section above if you aren’t sure which password to enter
  4. Enter description. It can be anything like “My personal account” or something else. It doesn’t affect the procedure
  5. Press Next

  1. Now Mail will automatically try to detect the settings for your account. Sometimes the app might automatically import your settings. If it does, then just press Done or Save and you won’t have to do anything. If it doesn’t, then continue
  2. Select POP from the top of your screen
  3. Enter Hostname in the Incoming Mail Server section. This should be e.g. pop-mail.outlook.com, pop.gmail.com and pop.mail.yahoo.com for Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo, respectively. If you have any other provider then the general rule is to write pop.domain.com or pop.mail.domain.com
  4. Enter Username. This should be your full email address e.g. john@example.com or just the “john” part of your email address in john@example.com. Both will work.
  5. Enter password

  1. Enter Hostname in the Outgoing Mail Server section. This should be e.g. smtp-mail.outlook.com, smtp.gmail.com and smtp.mail.yahoo.com for Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo, respectively. If you have any other provider then the general rule is to write smtp.domain.com or smtp.mail.domain.com.
  2. Enter Username. This should be your full email address e.g. john@example.com or just the “john” part of your email address in john@example.com. Both will work.
  3. Enter password
  4. Press Next and wait for the Mail app to check the information you just provided

  1. If all the information is correct then you should be done.
  2. Press Save once it is done and you will be good to go

Adding Email Account in Outlook

Another very common way of adding your email account to your iPhone is the use of Outlook app. Yes, the Outlook that you used on your Desktop has an Android and iOS app available in the market. Although it lacks some features but it certainly is a very good way of managing emails and delivers more than enough features to be considered a productive app.

Automatic Configuration

The process of adding your account with automatic configuration is very simple and is similar to other apps. You can add Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Live and various other accounts to configure your account automatically. In fact, you will see the list of webmail providers while typing your email address (covered later in this section). Even if your webmail provider isn’t in the list mentioned there, try to add it anyways. If it fails, then switch to the manual configuration.

So here are the steps to adding your account to Outlook automatically.

Getting the password

The password you type while adding the account will depend on whether or not you have enabled the 2-step verification system for your account.

2-Step Verification Enabled

If you have 2-Step verification enabled then you will need to enter an App Password in the password field. You can get your App password by following these steps

  1. Open your browser and sign-in to your Gmail account
  2. Click on your display picture (on the top right corner) and click My Account

  1. Select Sign-in & Security

  1. Select App passwords. Google might ask for password confirmation

  1. Select Windows Computer from the drop down list that says Select Device
  2. Select Mail from the drop down list that says Select App
  3. Click Generate

  1. Copy or note this 16-digit code somewhere

2-Step Verification Disabled

If your 2-Step verification system is disabled for your account then you will need to enter your email account’s password in the Microsoft Outlook’s password field. But you need to enable the Allow less secure apps option for your account.

Follow the steps given below to enable this option (if it isn’t already)

  1. Open your browser and sign-in to your Gmail account
  2. Click on your display picture (on the top right corner) and click My Account

  1. Select Sign-in & Security

  1. Enable the Allow less secure apps under Connected apps & sites

 

 

Now follow these steps to add your email account to Outlook

  1. Open your Outlook app
  2. Go to Settings (the gear icon on the top right corner)

  1. Click Add Account

  1. Click Add Mail Account

  1. Enter your email address and tap Continue

  1. You will be redirected to the Yahoo sign in page
  2. Enter your email address again and tap Next

  1. Enter your password. If you aren’t sure then check the Getting the password section above.

  1. Tap Sign in once you have typed the password
  2. Now Outlook will ask for permissions. Tap Agree or Yes.

  1. Now Outlook will verify your email. Wait for it to verify
  2. Once it is done, you can change the account settings that you want and your account will be added to Outlook.

You can use the same steps above to add other email accounts as well. The list of webmail providers that you can add automatically will appear in step 5. Keep in mind, if you can’t add your account despite writing the right password and having 2-Step Verification Disabled, make sure that you have enabled the “Allow less secure app option” from your account.

Manual Configuration

Now, while adding your account with manual configuration, you will need a little more information as compared to the automatic configuration.

Things needed to add account via Manual Configurations

The exact information that will be required to add your account manually.

  1. Email address
  2. Password (see Getting the password in the above section)
  3. Incoming Server Name
  4. Outgoing Server Name
  5. Protocol (IMAP or POP3)
  6. Port Numbers

Getting the Password

If you aren’t sure which password to use, you can check the section Getting the Password in the automatic section above.

IMAP

Follow the steps given below to add your account with IMAP

  1. Open your Outlook app
  2. Go to Settings (the gear icon on the top right corner)

  1. Click Add Account

  1. Click Add Mail Account

  1. Enter your email address and tap Next
  2. Wait for it to check. If your Outlook can’t configure your account automatically, you will see an option Setup Account Manually. Tap that option

  1. Tap the IMAP option in the Advanced section

  1. Enter your email address
  2. Enter the name you want to display on your messages
  3. Enter the description for your account. It can be anything like personal account or work account. It won’t affect your settings
  4. Enter the IMAP Host Name. This should be e.g. imap-mail.outlook.com, imap.gmail.com and imap.mail.yahoo.com for Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo, respectively. If you have any other provider then the general rule is to write imap.domain.com or imap.mail.domain.com
  5. Enter Username. This should be your full email address e.g. john@example.com or just the “john” part of your email address in john@example.com. Both will work.
  6. Enter the password. If you aren’t sure then check the Getting the password section above.

  1. Enter the SMTP Host Name. This should be e.g. smtp-mail.outlook.com, smtp.gmail.com and smtp.mail.yahoo.com for Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo, respectively. If you have any other provider then the general rule is to write smtp.domain.com or smtp.mail.domain.com
  2. Enter Username. This should be your full email address e.g. john@example.com or just the “john” part of your email address in john@example.com. Both will work.
  3. Enter the password. If you aren’t sure then check the Getting the password section above.
  4. Tap the tick on the top right corner. Wait for it to verify.

  1. Once the verification is done. Follow any additional on-screen instructions and you should be done

POP3

Outlook for Android and iPhone doesn’t support the POP3 accounts yet. But these are planned of getting released later on.

Other Accounts

By following the steps given above for the IMAP, you can add other email accounts pretty easily. The steps will be the same for other accounts as well. The only thing different for other accounts will be the email address

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About Kevin Arrows

Hi! I'm Kevin. Thank you for reading the article above. I am a certified MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) with over 10 years of experience. I love to address tech issues, and write tech how-to's in a way that it can be followed by everyone.