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How to Add E-mail Accounts to Your Android Tablet

The Email app on your Android tablet can be configured to pick up mail from multiple sources. If you have a Yahoo! Mail or Windows Live account and maybe an evil corporate account in addition to your ISP’s account, you can add them. Follow through with these steps:

  1. Visit the Apps screen and start the Settings app.

  2. Choose Add Account.

    It’s found in the Accounts area, by the big plus sign. If not, choose the Accounts & Sync item, and then touch the Add Account item.

  3. If the account type you need is shown in the list, such as Yahoo! Mail, choose it. Otherwise, choose the Email icon.

    For accessing your evil organization’s Microsoft Outlook Exchange server, choose the Corporate option.

  4. Type the account’s e-mail address.

  5. Type the password for the account.

  6. Touch the Next button.

    In a few magical moments, the e-mail account is configured and added to the account list.

    If you goofed up the account name or password, you’re warned: Try again. Or if the account requires additional setup, use the information provided by the ISP or other source to help you fill in the appropriate fields.

  7. Set any options that thrill you.

    Most of the preset choices are fine for a web-based, or IMAP, e-mail account. For a corporate account, you’ll need to confirm the settings with your corporate IT Benevolent Dictator (although they’ll probably just set up the account for you).

  8. Touch the Next button.

  9. Name the account.

    You may see a prompt to set your own name. That name is attached to all outgoing e-mail, so if you want to change it, do so now.

  10. Touch the Next button.

    The e-mail account is set up. You’ll now see it listed on the account screen.

You can repeat these steps to add more e-mail accounts. All the accounts you configure will be made available through the Email app.

  • Be on the lookout for e-mail–specific apps, such as a Yahoo! Mail app, although not every tablet has them. If you find such an app specific to your e-mail service, be sure to use it.

  • For some corporate accounts, you may be prompted to activate the Device Administrator, which is a fancy term for allowing your corporate IT overlords remote access to your Android tablet to control e-mail.

    If you’re shackled to corporate e-mail, you’ve probably already agreed to such a thing when you signed up to be an employee. Otherwise, keep in mind that you can always get your corporate e-mail at work and may not really need to use your Android tablet for that purpose.

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