How to Set Up Email on iPhone

This post will walk you through adding a new email account on an iPhone running on iOS 15 and later versions. Here’s a quick guide to set up email on iPhone.

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iOS Email Setup

Setting up your email account is one of the first things that needs to be done when getting a new phone. This is imperative because most of the system services require the use of an active email account registered on the device.

You can add your email account during the initial setup process the first time you turn on and use your phone. If you’re not ready with the account details, you may opt to skip the account setup and do it after you’re finished setting up other features of your device.

The process of setting up emails may vary between devices and email service providers. But generally, it’s pretty straightforward.

All you have to do is get your account details (email address and password) ready and you should be all set to proceed with the email setup.

If you’re new to the iOS platform and need some input on how to add a new email account to be used for the stock Mail app on your new iPhone, feel free to refer to the outlined instructions.

Steps to Set Up Email on iPhone

The steps depicted below are based on the interface of the 3rd generation special edition iPhone (iPhone SE 3). If you own an iPhone that’s running on the same iOS version (iOS 15 and above), these steps are also applicable.

However, there may be some slight difference on the actual user interface of every device given that screens and menu items may likewise vary between device models and carriers.

Just keep  your iPhone software up-to-date to ensure all important email features and menu items are available.

Feel free to start whenever you’re all set to set up your email account.

Step 1: To begin, launch the iOS settings app by tapping on the Gear icon from the Home screen of your iPhone.
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Step 2: In the Settings menu, find and then tap Mail. Relevant email settings and options will load up next.
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Step 3: Tap Accounts to continue. Another screen will load up with a list of different email service providers.
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Step 4: Next, tap Add Account then select your email provider from the list. 
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Step 5: Follow the onscreen instructions to enter your account credentials and set up your email address and password to add.
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  • If your email service provider is not in the list, tap Other then follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to add and set up your account manually.
  • You can refer to the outlined steps on how to set up an email account manually, if ever you need help.

Step 6: If prompted, tap Next then wait for the Mail application to verify your account credentials.

Step 7: After the account verification process, tap Save.

Your email account will then be added and is ready to use on your iPhone.

Manually Setting Up Email on an iPhone in iOS 15 and above

The above steps are applicable only if the email service provider for the account you’re trying to add and set up on the phone is included in the preset list. If it doesn’t show in the list, then you will need to set up the account manually instead.

And here’s how it’s done on the iPhone SE 3:

Step 1: First, tap Settings from the Home screen to launch the iOS Settings app.

Step 2: In the Settings menu, tap Mail.

Step 3: Tap Accounts on the succeeding menu to proceed.

Step 4: To add and set up a new account, tap Add Account. A list of different email service providers will show up next.

Step 5: Tap Other then tap Add Account on the next screen to continue.

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Step 6: On the Add new account menu, tap Add Mail Account.

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Step 7: Enter your account credentials including your name, email address and password. You can also include a description to serve as an identifier or label for your email account. This will help you easily identify an email account, especially if multiple email accounts are set up on your phone.

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Step 8: When finished entering your email account information, tap Next and wait for the Mail app to instigate the account setup.

Step 9: Once your email settings are found, tap Done to complete your account setup.

Your email account will then be added and ready to use on your iPhone.

Email account settings not found?

In the case where the Mail app couldn’t locate or generate your email account settings, manually entering them would be necessary. If you don’t have the necessary information such as your incoming and outgoing email server, contact your email service provider for further assistance.

Once you’ve got your email account/server information, head back to Settings-> Mail-> Accounts menu then tap Add Account. Select IMAP or POP for your new account service provider then enter the required information for the Incoming and Outgoing Mail server.

Be sure to enter the correct server information to avoid encountering errors. After entering the server details, tap Next then tap Save to finish setting up your email account.

If you’re seeing a prompt asking to edit your account details, it means that the email settings you entered are incorrect. To fix the problem, re-enter the correct email settings. Otherwise, contact your email service provider for further assistance in troubleshooting the email setup error you’re getting.

And that’s how adding and setting up a new email account is done on an iPhone device running on the latest iOS version.

Please keep posted for more comprehensive iOS tutorials and troubleshooting guides on this site. Or you can check out this YouTube channel to view more comprehensive tutorial and troubleshooting videos including recent iOS devices.

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