Before you can use the Mail application, you need to link your email accounts to your computer in macOS. See how to link email accounts to your computer.
- [Instructor] To work with the mail application in macOS, and to use all of the features of the address book and calendar, you need to have an email account that you can link to your Mac. Now I'm not going to show you how to create a new email account. I'm assuming you already have an email account that you can use. First, if you use iCloud, you may have an email account already set up. I'm going to go to system preferences. Then I'll go to the Apple ID category, where you can see that I am already signed in to my iCloud account. And that includes mail, contacts, and calendar storage. I have all of those enabled for this account. If you have this, then you already have one account set up. Now I'm going to quit system preferences, and now I want to open the mail application. So I'll just click on the icon on the dock to launch it. And this is what it looks like when you already have an account set up. Now I'm going to go to the application menu, the menu labeled Mail. And I'll choose add account. If you launch the mail application and you do not already have an account set up, you should see this prompt. If not, you can go to that menu and open it. And this is where you can link a new account. If you have one of these accounts, like a Google or Yahoo, or any of the others on this list, the setup is really easy. But if you have an account that does not appear on this list, you'll need to choose other email account, click continue, and you'll put in your email address and password, but after that it will probably prompt you for more information. Things like the incoming and outgoing mail server addresses. This is information that you need to get from your email provider. Your tech support or IT department, or maybe just some documentation that came with your email account. If you can get that information, you can do the setup here. For now, I'm just going to cancel this. I'll go back into the mail application menu, and choose add account again, and I'm just going to sign in with one of these standard accounts, so we can se the rest of this. I have a Google account, so I'll choose that and click continue. Then you should just follow the prompts, which will be different for each type of account. But basically, you'll just need your email address and password to get through this setup. So I'll put in my email address here. Click next and put in my password. Click next again. And now my account is linked with my computer. Of course, I want to be able to access my mail in the mail app, so I have that enabled. But most email accounts support synchronization of other data. Things like the address book, calendar, and notes. So if you make changes to those on one computer, you'll see those changes on any other device that you also have linked to that same account. So I do want to use those as we go through the rest of this course, so I will enable them and click done. And now my mail application is all set up and linked to my Google account. My calendar and address book are as well. And since I already had my iCloud account set up, that means I have two accounts linked to my computer. And if I click this mailboxes button over here on the left, you can see there's this inbox. You can click this triangle next to it to open and close it, and you can see I have an inbox for each of the accounts that I've set up. In fact, you can keep adding as many accounts as you want. Just go back to the mail application menu, choose add account, and go through that setup again. You can see similar information and you can make changes to this setup in system preferences. So I'll cancel this. Let's go back to system preferences. But this time, I'll go to the internet accounts category. And I can see those same accounts are listed here. And, I have the option to add new accounts as well. Now if I select one of the accounts that I've already configured, I can see that my mail, contacts, calendars, and notes from this account are linked to this computer. And I can disable any of those features here if I want. If I go over to my iCloud account, of course, iCloud has many more services tied to it. But I can see that my mail, calendars, contacts, and notes are all set up for iCloud here. And if you want to remove an account from your computer entirely, you can select it and click the minus button down here at the bottom. Or you can click the plus button to go back to the prompt where you can set up another new account.
- Launching and managing applications
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Use the Messages app with iCloud
- Use FaceTime for audio and video calls
- Using bundled applications
- Import and organize pictures
- Use the App Store to install and update applications
- Install software from the web
- Using Siri for voice commands
- Manage notifications
- Share files and data between devices