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If you have an email account that isn't one of the six types that the iPhone or iPod touch can set up automatically for you, maybe your email account is through your Internet service provider or through the company you work for, you can still manage your email on your device. Start by opening Settings and go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and in here, tap Add Account. To set up your email, tap Other. Then tap Add Mail Account. Next, complete these four fields. In the Name field, type the name that you want to appear in the From field when other people receive the emails you send to them. So, decide whether you want them to see your full name, just your first name, or some nickname.
Next, enter the email address you want to manage from your phone. Then the password, and I can either leave the Description field as is or type-in some other description. I'll just leave it as is, and I'll tap Next. At this point, the iPhone tries to figure out if it can determine the other settings it needs to access this email based on your email address and password. If you have an email address from a large and well-known company, this might be all you need to do. But if your iPhone or iPod doesn't recognize your email provider, you'll see this next screen in which you'll have to complete some more information. All the information you enter here will be given to you by your email providing service.
So, what you enter here will be completely different than what I'm typing in this example. The first choice here is to pick either IMAP or POP. Again, in many cases, your email provider will tell you which of these two types of email protocols it uses. Many providers offer you a choice. I'll go into a lot more detail about IMAP and POP in an upcoming movie on keeping your iPhone email synced with your computer. But I will say here that if you're adding an email account through your iPhone or iPod touch, and you also read and manage that email on your computer, you should choose IMAP if you have the choice. It's going to make it much easier to keep your email organized across your computer and iPhone.
Next, complete the sections under Incoming Mail Server and Outgoing Mail Server. Again, you'll have to get this information from your email provider. Tap Next when you're done. You're iPhone or iPod will attempt to connect to your email service based on the information you entered. If you get any kind of error message, double-check your Settings and try again. If all goes well, you're done, and you can now access email on your device. As we saw in the previous movie, I have here the choice to sync both my email, and in this case, my notes. I'm going to leave Notes off and tap Save. And now my account has been added to my iPhone.
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