Add an email account to Mail on your Mac

How to set up an email account for the first time or add another email account.

Add an email account

  1. From the menu bar in Mail, choose Mail > Add Account.
  2. Select your email provider from the list, then click Continue.Choose a Mail account provider options
  3. Some accounts, such as Google, may ask you to click Open Browser to complete the authentication in your web browser. 
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your account details, such as your name, email address and password. If you're not sure what information to enter, please contact your email provider for help.


Use the Inbox for each account

The Inbox gathers together the messages for every email account you added. If you've added more than one account, you can click the disclosure triangle  next to Inbox in the sidebar, then select a mailbox to see only the messages for that account. 

macOS Mail window with All Inboxes shown


Optional: Turn on other account features

If your account includes support for contacts, calendars, notes or other features in addition to email, you can turn those features on or off:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Internet Accounts.
  2. Select your account in the sidebar.
  3. Select the features you want to use with your account.
    macOS System Preferences — Internet Accounts

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