Set up an IMAP email account on your iPhone

Updated on Mar 13, 2019

IMAP is a mail transfer protocol used for checking the incoming emails of your mail account. The protocol is particularly useful if you would like multiple users to access a single mail account due to the fact that the protocol does not download nor delete the emails in the mailbox.

In this tutorial we will show you how to configure your iPhone email client with IMAP settings for the incoming emails of your mail account.

Let's begin by accessing the Settings feature of your iPhone. The feature is usually located in the apps list of your iPhone.

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The location of the feature might defer and you might need to slide your application list in order to find it. Once you find it and access it you will need to choose the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.

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Now let's add a new account. You should be able to do so by selecting the "Add Account" option from the options listed in the Accounts section.

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On the next screen you will notice how your iPhone offers you automatic settings for some of the widely used mail providers. Since the email service we are providing our customers with have nothing to do with the suggested email providers you will need to choose the Other option.

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Now you will need to press the Add Mail Account option so you can begin configuring your mail account.

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On the next screen you will need to fill your Name, email Address, Password and few words for the mail account Description.

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Once you are done with these configurations please click the Next button so you can proceed with the configuration further. On the next screen you will need to choose the type of protocol for the incoming mails. Since this tutorial covers the IMAP protocol please choose the IMAP option button at the top of the screen.

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Next you will need to proceed with the configuration of the Incoming mail server which is presented in the Incoming Mail Server section. There you will need to input the Host Name of the mail server, the User Name for your mail account and the Password used by that email account.

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Now that you have filled these it is time to configure the outgoing mail server. The Host Name, User Name and Password are the same as those you have used for your incoming mail server.

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When you are done with these please press the Next button so you can finalize the configuration.

On the next screen you will need to ensure that the Mail feature is set to On and then finally press the Save button so the configuration can be saved.

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That is all you will need for the configuration of your email account with IMAP mail protocol.

Now let's learn how to check your emails. Please return on the home screen of your iPhone and find the Mail icon there. Press it and you will be presented with the Mailboxes view where you will notice the Inboxes and Accounts sections where you will be presented with the email accounts you have configured on your iPhone.

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In order to check the emails for the email accounts you will need to simply click on the email account you would like to check and you will be presented with all of the incoming emails for that email account.

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Congratulations! You have successfully configured your iPhone with the IMAP protocol for the incoming emails!

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