How to Add Another Email Account to Your iPhone

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What to Know

  • Go to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Add Account. Choose an email client. Add login info and follow the instructions to add the account.
  • The above instructions work for the following email clients: iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google, Yahoo, AOL, and
  • To add a different client, choose Other. Provide the account data and choose a protocol: IMAP or POP. Fill out the form and choose Next.

You can add any of your email accounts to the Mail app on your iPhone, allowing you to use your phone to send or receive messages from any account. This article shows you how to add more email accounts to your iPhone with the iOS Mail app for iOS 12 and later.

How to Add Another Email Account to Your iPhone

After you have another email account, adding it to your iPhone is simple. If the email account you want to add is from AOL, Microsoft Exchange, Gmail, iCloud,, or Yahoo, Apple had built shortcuts into the iOS to make it easy to add (if it’s from another provider, skip to the next section).

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.

  2. Choose Mail > Accounts. (If you're using iOS 12, choose Passwords & Accounts.)

  3. Select Add Account.

  4. Choose the type of account or email client you want to add.

  5. Because the steps are different based on what kind of email address you're adding, there's no single set of instructions to provide at this point. Generally speaking, you'll input your email address, then the password and, then may choose some settings. Follow the onscreen prompts and the email account should be added to your iPhone in just a couple of steps.

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The Mail app is not the only email app available for the iPhone. You can use the Gmail app, the Outlook app, or a third-party email app that supports multiple accounts. For more on those, check out The Best Email Apps for iPhone 2019

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How to Manually Add an Email Account to Your iPhone

If the email address you want to add is from an email provider other than the ones in the last section, the steps are slightly different (and you need some extra information). Again, you’ll need to have already set up this account with the provider. If that’s done, here’s how to to add another email account to iPhone:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 from the last section.

  2. Choose Other.

  3. Select Add Mail Account.

  4. Type your name, the email account you want to add, the password for the account, and a description or name for the email account, then choose Next.

  5. Choose the way you want to confirm the email account: IMAP or POP. The links provide much more detail about the two options, but the short version of the difference is that IMAP leaves a copy of the email on the email server, while POP downloads it only to your iPhone. The email provider may have told you to use one or the other. If not, tap the one you prefer.

  6. Fill out the form. The key pieces of information you’ll need are in the Incoming Mail Server and Outgoing Mail Server sections. In those, you’ll need to add a Host Name (something like, and a username and password to access that server. Your email provider should have given this to you. If not, you’ll need to ask for it.

  7. With those details added, tap Next

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  8. The Mail app attempts to contact the email servers whose details you added in step 7. If everything is correct, the servers will respond and your email account will be added to your iPhone. If there's something wrong, an error will let you know. Correct the error and repeat.

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