How to Set Up iPhone Email

Add one or more email addresses to your phone

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The Mail app that comes pre-installed on every iPhone makes it easy to stay in touch with friends, family, and business contacts via email. You can add an email address (or multiple emails) on your iPhone to stay connected.

Here'show to set up email on an iPhone directly on the device.

These instructions apply to any device running iOS 12, which is compatible with iPhone 5s and newer.

How to Set Up Email On An iPhone

Once you have an email address ready (or if you want to use an iCloud account), follow these steps:

  1. Open the Mail app, and then tap on the name of your email provider. You can choose from common ones like Exchange, Yahoo, Gmail, and AOL, or something else by tapping Other.

    Follow the onscreen prompts. The exact steps for setting up your email will depend on the kind of account you have. Generally speaking, you'll need to enter your name, the email address, and the password you created for your account.

    Tap the Next button to proceed.

    Setting up an email account on an iPhone
  2. The iPhone automatically checks your email account to ensure you've entered the correct information. If so, checkmarks appear next to each item, and you'll go to the next screen. If not, it will indicate where you need to correct information.

  3. You can also sync calendars and notes along with your email. Move the sliders to On if you want to sync them. Tap the Save button.

    Syncing mail, contacts, calendars, and notes to an email address
  4. Messages will immediately download from your account to your Mail app.

How to Add More Email Accounts to Your iPhone

If you've already set up at least one email account on your phone and want to add another, do the following:

  1. Tap the Settings app on your home screen, and then scroll down to Accounts & Passwords. You'll see a list of the accounts already set up on your phone. At the bottom of the list, tap Add Account.

    Selecting Add Account in the Passwords & Accounts settings on iPhone
  2. Follow the process for adding a new account detailed above.

In the past, it was possible to sync email address configurations from your desktop computer to your iPhone using iTunes. This option was removed from both iTunes and the iPhone in recent years. The process listed above is now the only way to set up new email accounts on an iPhone.

How to Select A Default Account

If you have more than one email account set up on your iPhone, you'll also want to make sure to choose which one you want to use as your default for sending outgoing messages. To do this:

  1. Open Settings, and then go to the Mail menu and tap Default Account.

    Default Account setting for Mail on an iPhone
  2. Tap the account you want to use as the default. Your iPhone will save this setting automatically.

  3. Those two settings only scratch the surface of the options you have. To learn all about iPhone email settings, read what the iPhone email settings do.

How to Edit iPhone Email Signature and Other Settings

Once you have your email accounts set up, a few settings will help you customize how you use them.

One of these settings is your email signature. By default, all emails sent from your iPhone include "Sent from my iPhone" as a signature at the end of each message. But you can change that.

  1. In the Mail settings, tap Signature. On the next screen, select All Accounts to set a single signature for every email address you have on your phone.

    Setting a signature for all email accounts on iPhone
  2. Alternatively, you can select Per Account to set a unique signature (or none at all) for each email address on your phone. Setting different ones is a good idea if you use some of them for work and need a more professional sign-off or want to include website info or social media accounts.

    Setting email signatures per account on an iPhone
  3. Your iPhone saves these changes automatically.