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How to setup iPhone for a POP3 or IMAP

How to setup iPhone for a POP3 or IMAP (iPhone 4 runnng iOS 4.3)

Tap Settings on your iPhone's home screen

iPhone Settings

Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars

iPhone Email Settings

Now tap Add Account...

iPhone Email Settings

Tap Other

iPhone Email Settings

Tap Add Mail Account

iPhone Email Settings

The New Account screen takes the basic details of your account:

  • Name • This is the friendly name that will identify your outgoing emails (e.g. Steve Sant).
  • Address • this should be your full email address for the POP3 or IMAP account.
  • Password • This is the password that was configured for the mailbox (NOT your cPanel password).
  • Description • this is just to help you identify the account in your settings later.

Then tap Next at the top of the screen, which will bring you to the following screen:

iPhone Email Settings

Choose whether you want to connect using POP3 (messages downloaded locally to your iPhone) or IMAP (messages are kept on the server so you can also read them from your home computer).
* If you are using IMAP - Email will accumulate since email will not be deleted from server.

Fill in the following:

Incoming Mail Server

  • Host Name • This is almost always mail.domain.com If your email address is john@mydomain.com then your mail server is mail.mydomain.com
  • User Name • Your account username is always the same as the mailbox address.
  • Password • This should already be filled in for you, but if not, then enter your mailbox password again here.

Outgoing Mail Server

  • Host Name • Again, this is almost always mail.domain.com, the same as your incoming server.
  • User Name • Use the same details as you entered for your incoming mail server, above.
  • Password • This should already be filled in for you. If not, enter your mailbox password here.

Tap the Next button, at the top to verify your settings.

At this stage, you may get one or two responses from your iPhone:

1.) The SSL Certificate on the mail server you are trying to connect to doesn't protect the server name you specified

It is very likely that at this stage you will receive a Cannot Verify Server Identity warning. This is because the SSL certificate that is protecting your mail server is probably assigned to the main server name, and not your individual domain.

iPhone Cannot Verify Server Identity

Click Continue and ignore the message.

2.) Your iPhone Cannot Connect Using SSL

iPhone Cannot Connect Using SSL

You may have entered the wrong details somewhere, so either tap No and check your settings, or choose Yes to continue.

Still have problems?

Advanced Incoming Mail Server Settings

If you need to alter advanced settings for your incoming server, then tap the Advanced button at the bottom of the account settings screen :

Advanced Button

This will give you the following screen :

iPhone Incoming Settings

Here you can choose if you want SSL, the type of authentication, and when messages should be deleted from the server (if ever).

Advanced Outgoing Mail Server Settings

If you need to alter the advanced settings for your incoming server, then tap the SMTP button at bottom of the account settings screen :

Advanced Button

This brings you to this screen :

SMTP Server Selection iPhone

You should see your chosen server at the top (as your Primary Server). All of the other servers should say Off.

Tap on your Primary Server at the top to bring you to the following screen :

iPhone SMTP Server Advanced Settings

Here you can configure the Host Name, User Name, Password, Use SSL, Authentication method, and outgoing Server Port.

Many large ISPs block you from using port 25 for SMTP outside of their network. To circumvent this block enter in the alternate port 26 shown above.


All done!
Now try to check and send email.



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