How to Add an Email Account to Mac Mail

How to Add an Email Account to Mac Mail

Mac Mail is the default email client for MacOS. It comes pre-installed with every Mac computer. In this tutorial you will learn how to add an email account to Mac Mail.

Note: This tutorial is based on Mac Mail 9.3, however, steps should be almost identical on other versions of this email client.

What you’ll need

Before you begin this guide, you’ll need the following:

  • Mac Mail client
  • An active email account
  • Your email credentials

Step 1 – Collecting Required Details

Before adding an email account to Mac Mail, you need to acquire SMTP, POP3 or IMAP details and email password. Steps listed below show where to find email details on Hostinger control panel:

  1. Access your Hostinger control panel and navigate to Email Accounts section.
    Hostinger Email Accounts Section
  2. You will see your email account details. Write them down or save them to a text file.
    Email details on hPanel

If you cannot remember the password for your email account, you can easily reset it by clicking Change Password button on the same section.

For cPanel based hosting follow these steps below to acquire email details:

  1. Access cPanel and hit on Email Accounts icon.
    cPanel Email Accounts Section
  2. Scroll down to Email Accounts section and hit Set Up Mail Client next to the email account you want to setup on Mac Mail.
    cPanel Email Accounts Section Set Up
  3. On a new window, you will see details required to set up an email account.
    cPanel Email Accounts SSL TSL Settings
  4. Copy and paste or write down this information, as you will need it in the next step.

If you forget the password of your email account, reset it on the same Email Accounts section by pressing Password button.

Step 2 – Adding an Email Account on Mac Mail

Once you have all required details to set up the email account, proceed by adding an email account to Mac Mail:

  1. Open launcher by pressing F4 button, search for Mail and access it.
    Launcher Mac Mail Client
  2. Click on Mail and choose Add Account.
    Mac Mail Add Account
  3. On a new pop-up choose Add Other Mail Account… and press Continue button.
    Choose a mail account to add
  4. Enter your email account information and press Sign In button:
    Mac Mail Add a Mail Account Fill Information
  5. Mac Mail will try to sign in into your email account. There is a great possibility it will fail and present you with an error message Unable to verify account name or password. This is normal, as the client cannot reach mail subdomain and will ask you to manually input mail server details:
    • Email Address – The email address you want to configure on Mac Mail.
    • Username – Username used to login to mail server. You can leave it empty, as email client will try to pull it automatically.
    • Password – Password used to login to your email account.
    • Account Type – You can choose from IMAP and POP. It is recommended to choose IMAP because it is more secure and has better performance.
    • Incoming Mail Server – Enter Incoming Mail (IMAP access) Server from Step 1. For example, users should enter in this field.
    • Outgoing Mail Server – Enter Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server from Step 1. It would be if you are user.

    Once you are done entering all required details, press Sign In button.
    Sign in form for Mac Mail

  6. If you entered all email details correctly, sign in should be successful and Mac Mail will ask you which apps you want to use with a newly added email account. Choose preferred apps and press Done button.
    Mac Mail Select The Apps

That is it, you have successfully added a new email account to Mac Mail client!


If you are one of those people who like to read emails using desktop clients, this tutorial is for you. By finishing it, you have learned how to properly add an email account to Mac Mail. You have also learned how to check email account details.

The Author


Domantas G. / @domantas

Domantas leads the content and SEO teams forward with fresh ideas and out of the box approaches. Armed with extensive SEO and marketing knowledge, he aims to spread the word of Hostinger to every corner of the world. During his free time, Domantas likes to hone his web development skills and travel to exotic places.

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