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In this chapter, we're going to look at all things email. The iPhone, and iPod touch both come with the mail app, a full-fledged email client for reading, sending, and managing your email accounts. The first thing you need to do is set up your email account or accounts on your device. Probably the easiest way to do this is to just sync your iPhone or iPod touch with your Mac or PC, and copying over your account information. That way, there's no need to do any kind of manual set up on the iPhone or iPod touch. Now, in order for this to work on a Mac, you have to be using OS X's built-in mail application as your email program.
If you're on Windows, you need to be using Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, or Windows Mail. iTunes will detect the email accounts you manage from these programs. So, with my iPhone selected here in iTunes, I'll select the Info Tab, and I'll scroll down, and check Sync Mail Accounts. You can see it's detected the email accounts that I have in my mail app. If I look in my mail app, I can see these two accounts listed here. All I have to do here is check the accounts that I want to have access to on my iPhone.
I'll leave them both selected. But it's important to know what it says below here. Syncing mail account syncs your account settings but not your messages. And it tells me that to add accounts or to make other changes, I have to tap Settings, then Mail, Contacts, Calendars on my iPhone. So, that basically tells me that I'm going to be syncing my username and password and my connection info that I'll need to access these email addresses, but not the messages themselves. So, if you want to make sure the messages on your computer and iPhone are the same, you have to do that by setting certain options in your email accounts.
We'll take a look at how to do that in an upcoming movie. But for now, this is all I have to do to get my email account information onto my phone. So now I'll click Apply. And now, I'll be able to send and receive emails from these accounts on my iPhone. If you have an email account that you don't manage on your computer, or you created an email account that you want to use exclusively on your iPhone or iPod touch for some reason, you'll have to set that account up on the device itself. And we'll look at how to do that in the next movie.
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