How to Get Email on Your Android Phone

Set up all your email accounts on your Android

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Setting up email on your Android is really easy, and it comes in handy a lot if you find yourself needing to check your messages on the go.

You can use your Android phone to connect to personal and work email to keep in contact with friends, co-workers, clients, and anyone else. If you have a calendar attached to the email account, you can even sync all your events along with your email.

This tutorial covers the default Email app on the Android, not the Gmail app. You can very well set up Gmail accounts within the Email app, but if you'd rather use the Gmail app for your messages instead, there is a different procedure.

The directions below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

Open the Email App

Tap on the email icon and it will open up.

Add a New Account

Open the menu from within the Email app - the button at the top-left corner of the screen. Some Android devices don't show this menu, so if you don't see it, you can skip down to Step 3.

From this screen, choose the settings/gear icon at the upper-right corner, and tap Add account on that screen.

Pick the email account you have, like Gmail, AOL, Yahoo Mail, etc. If you don't have one of those, there should be a manual option that lets you type in a different account.

Enter Your Email Address and Password

You should now be asked for your email address and password, so enter those details in the spaces provided.

If you're adding an email account like Yahoo or Gmail, and you're on a newer Android device, you might be taken to a normal-looking screen like you see when logging on through a computer. Just follow the steps and give proper permissions when asked, like when you're asked to allow access to your messages.

If you're using a newer Android device and the above is how you see the setup screen, then this is the last step of the setup process. You can click through and tap Next and/or Agree to finalize setup and go straight to your email.

Otherwise, on older devices, you'll probably be given a standard textbox to enter the email address and password. If this is what you see, be sure to type the full address, including the last part after the @ sign, like and not just example.

Enter Your Account Information

If your email account doesn't get added automatically after typing the address and password, it means that the Email app cannot find the proper server settings to use for accessing your email account.

Tap MANUAL SETUP or something similar if you don't see that option. From the list you should now see, choose POP3 ACCOUNT, IMAP ACCOUNT, or MICROSOFT EXCHANGE ACTIVESYNC.

These options each require different settings that would be next to impossible to list here, so we'll look at one example only - the IMAP settings for a Yahoo account.

So, in this example, if you're adding a Yahoo account to your Android phone, tap IMAP ACCOUNT and then enter the correct Yahoo Mail IMAP server settings.

Follow that link above to see all the necessary settings you need for the "Incoming server settings" screen in the Email app.

You'll also need the SMTP server settings for your Yahoo account if you plan on sending email through the Email app (which you probably do). Enter those details when asked.

Need the email server settings for an email account that isn't from Yahoo? Search Lifewire or Google for those settings and then return to your phone to enter them.

Specify the Email Options

Some Androids will also prompt you with a screen showing all the different account settings for that email account. If you see this, you can skip through it or fill it out.

For example, you might be asked to choose a sync time period for which all the messages in that time frame will be shown on your phone. Pick 1 week and all the messages for the last week will always be shown, or choose 1 month to see older messages. There are a few other options, too.

Also here is a sync schedule, peak schedule, email retrieval size limit, calendar sync option, and more. Go through and choose whatever you like for these settings since all of them are subjective to what you want.

Keep in mind that you can always change these later if you decide to skip them now or change the settings in the future.

Tap Next and then Done to finish setting up your email on your Android.

  1. Open your list of apps and search or browse for Email to find and open the built-in email app.

    The default Android email app may not be on every device. Google hasn't released a new version in some time. Independent developers, like LineageOS continue to update and package it.

  2. If you have any email accounts linked to your Android, they may show up as soon as you open the Email app. If not, you'll see the email account setup screen where you can link your email to your phone.