The SMTP Settings You Need to Send Email

When you want to send email from another email provider

Screenshot of SMTP settings for Outlook email account in MailMate, macOS

Although email is readily accessible from the website, many people prefer to access their emails from several email providers in one account to simplify checking email and to stay organized. For each email account you want to access through a different email provider, you need to supply the information that allows mail to be sent and received.

The SMTP server settings are necessary if you want to set up an account in an email client. They provide the instructions for the program to understand how to send mail from the account.

The SMTP server settings for an email address are the same no matter where you're sending mail, be it from a desktop, phone, or tablet

Note: If you're using from the website, you do not need to know these settings because the website already understands how to send mail. SMTP Server Settings

When you set up accessibility in an alternate email provider, you'll be asked to enter the SMTP server settings:

  • SMTP server address:
  • SMTP username: Your full email address (, for example, not an alias)
  • SMTP password: Your password
  • SMTP port: 587 (or use port 25 as an alternative)
  • SMTP TLS/SSL encryption required: yes

What About Downloading Mail From

The SMTP settings are only useful for sending mail from the address. You also need to be able to download the mail to your email client.

To download and store incoming messages from an account requires the settings for either POP 3 or IMAP accounts. Depending on which standard you use on your devices, enter either the POP server settings or the IMAP server settings

POP3 operates just like the post office. It delivers your mail and does not keep a copy on the server. IMAP allows you to keep a copy of your email on the email server, which is useful if you want to sync all the email on multiple devices, such as your phone, computer, and the website.