How to Set Up Email on Your Android Phone

Keep your email with you wherever you go

What to Know

  • Gmail: Go to Settings > Accounts > Add Account > Google. Set up a new account or sign in to an existing one.
  • Outlook: Install the app, then select Get Started for a new account. For an existing one, go to Settings > Add Account > Outlook.
  • Yahoo: Go to Settings > Add Account > Email > Yahoo. Sign in or create a new account.

One of the best benefits of your Android smartphone is being able to keep track of your email wherever you go. We take a look at the three most common email providers: Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. Keep reading to learn how to set them up.

If you are setting up an email account with additional security (like a work or school email), make sure you contact your IT department to see what additional steps you'll need to go through to verify your account.

How to Set Up Gmail on Android

Gmail is the easiest email provider to set up on your Android device, since it comes preinstalled. All you will need to do is sign in to your account. Here's what you do:

  1. Tap Settings > Accounts.

    Depending on your phone, you may have to hunt through the Settings to find Accounts. Sometimes, it's located under the Personal section.

  2. Tap Add Account > Google.

    Settings, Google, sync field on Android
  3. This will bring you to the Add Account screen. From here, you can either set up a new Gmail account or enter your existing email address and password.

  4. Tap Accept on the Terms of Service page that follows, and your account should be ready.

How to Set Up Yahoo Email on Android

Setting up Yahoo email on your Android device follows a similar process.

  1. Tap Settings > Add Account.

  2. Tap Email, then tap Yahoo mail. If you don't see the option for it, you can download the app free from the Google Play Store.

  3. Enter your existing Yahoo email address and password or choose to set up a new email.

  4. You will be given a few options, like adjusting how often your email syncs and what you'd like your display name to be with outgoing mail.

  5. After you've chosen the options you would like, tap Next to finish your account setup.

How to Set Up Outlook on Android

  1. Open the Google Play Store and download the Outlook for Android app. It's a free download.

  2. If you're setting up a new account, tap Get Started. It will automatically detect some of your account information.

    If you're accessing an existing email, open your phone's Settings, then tap Add Account > Outlook.

  3. Enter your email address and password. If it requires additional information, it will inform you what is needed.

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