Learn How to Send a Message From a Different Account in Mac OS X Mail

Select any of your email addresses for the Mail From field

If you have more than one account—or more than one address per account—in Apple Mail, you can select which one you want to use for a message you send. It takes a click or two to switch between email addresses. If you use one address more than the others, you can set it as the default.

Here's how to quickly choose which address to send messages from in Apple Mail.

How to Send a Message From a Different Account in Apple Mail

Mail stores one email account as the default. This address is the one that appears automatically every time you create a new email message. To change the account or address used for sending a message in the Mail application in Mac OS X or macOS:

  1. With the Mail app open, create a new message in Mail by selecting New Message under the File menu. You can also create a new message by clicking the New Message button in Mail or by pressing Command+N on your keyboard.

    New Message option in Apple Mail File menu
  2. Click on the From drop-down menu right below the Subject field of the email.

    From drop-down menu in Apple Mail
  3. Select the desired email account from the list.

  4. Keep writing your email. When you click Send, it will go from the email you selected.

How to Change the Default Email Address

If you find you are changing to an account more often than you are using the default, make the most frequently used address the default instead. To change the default address for use in the From field:


  1. Click Mail > Preferences from the Mail application menu bar.

    The keyboard shortcut is Command+, (comma).

    Path to Mail preferences
  2. Select the Composing tab.

    Mail Preferences showing the Composing tab
  3. Next to Send new messages from, select the email address you want to use as the new default or select Automatically select best account.

    Mail Preferences showing default send from address option

    When you select Automatically select best account, the Mail application chooses the best account based on the mailbox you are using. For example, if you are replying to an email from your Gmail inbox, the Mac selects a Gmail address for the From field.

  4. When you create a new message, Mail automatically populates the From field with the default address you chose.