How to Specify a Preferred SMTP Server

Mac OS X Mail Account

Select the preferred server from the drop-down list
Select the preferred server from the drop-down list. Apple, Inc.

You can tell OS X Mail wich server to try first when sending mail.

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In Mac OS X Mail, you can set up multiple outgoing mail servers, and Mail will try to send mail through the SMTP it thinks to be the default—by default.

Fortunately, you can also specify a preferred outgoing mail server for each account in Mac OS X Mail. This SMTP server will then be tried first when you send a message from the account.

Specify a Preferred SMTP Server for a Mac OS X Mail Account

To set a default outgoing SMTP mail server for an account in Mac OS X Mail:

  • Select Mail | Preferences... from the menu in Mac OS X Mail.
  • Go to the Accounts tab.
  • Highlight the account for which you want to specify a default outgoing mail server.
  • Make sure the Account information tab is selected.
  • Under Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):, select the preferred server from the drop-down list.
  • Click OK.
  • Close the Accounts window.