How to set up Mac Mail

Tip: For Mac OS X 10.4 or later setup information, see this page, and also this one.

First, gather some information about your email account. The form below will help you with the information you need.

Your email address is your username (

Email account settings for my Mac

General settings

Full name: Your Name
Your name as would like it to appear on messages you send.

My email address: (your email address)

My email provider: WebKraft Wireless

Incoming mail server settings

Account type: POP3

Incoming mail server hostname:

Username: (your email address)

Password: (your password)

Incoming server port number: 110

Incoming server authentication method: Password

Incoming mail server supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)? No

Outgoing mail server settings

Outgoing server hostname:

Outgoing server port: 2500

The outgoing mail server supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL): No

Outgoing server authentication type: Password

Outgoing server requires a username and password: Yes
username: (your email address)

password: (your password)

Next, follow these steps to configure Mail:

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

From Mail's File menu, choose Add Account.
Fill out the information in the Account assistant.
Optionally, go to Accounts preferences in Mail and change some of the settings that weren't set up by the assistant.
Repeat these steps for any other accounts you want to set up.

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier

Open Mail.
Choose Preferences from the Mail menu. If you have not yet set up any accounts, the Mail Setup window appears, and you can skip to Step 7.
Click the Accounts icon in the Mail Preferences window.
Click Create Account.
Choose the correct account type from the pop-up menu.
In the Description field, type any name you would like to use to identify the account. This is the name that will appear in your list of accounts.
Using the rest of the information you gathered, complete the rest of the fields. If your Internet provider gave you an SMTP password, be sure to click the checkbox to enable the "Use authentication when sending mail" option. If your Internet service provider does not require this, simply leave the two fields below the checkbox empty.
If desired, click the Account Options tabs to change the default account behavior.
Click OK when you are finished.
If you've set things up but can't seem to receive or send email, you might need to contact your ISP for assistance, or visit any online help or support websites they offer. For some ISPs, you may need to know all of the above as well as any port numbers the mail servers use, a path prefix for your IMAP server, whether or not your receiving and sending servers use SSL/TLS, and so forth.

How to remove an account

These steps will remove an email account from the Mail application.

Tip: Before removing an account in Mail, save any messages you don't want to erase in a different location, such as the desktop or the On My Mac mailbox. If you are switching from a POP account to an IMAP account, set up the IMAP account first, then drag messages you want to save from the POP mailbox(es) to the IMAP mailbox(es), before deleting the POP account.

Choose Preferences from the Mail menu.
Click Accounts.
Select the account you want to remove/delete.
Click the "-" button (or Remove if you see it).

How to import messages and addresses

You can import mail from another Mac email application, from a Windows PC or other computer, and your contacts into Address Book.