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The Email app on your Android is used to access web-based e-mail, or webmail, such as Yahoo! Mail, Windows Live Mail, and others. It also lets you read e-mail provided by your Internet service provider, office, or other large, intimidating organization. To get things set up regardless of the service, follow these steps:

  1. Start the Email app.

    Look for it in the apps drawer, along with all other apps on your phone, though you may find an Email app launcher icon on the Home screen.

    If you haven’t yet run the Email app, the first screen you see helps you configure your e-mail account. Continue with Step 2. Otherwise, you’re taken to the Email inbox.

    See the next section for information on adding additional e-mail accounts.

  2. Type the e-mail address you use for the account.

    You may find a key on the onscreen keyboard, which you can use to more efficiently type your e-mail address. Look for the key in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  3. Type the account’s password.

  4. Touch the Next button on the screen.

    If you’re lucky, everything is connected smoothly, and you see the Account Settings or Account Options screen. Move on to Step 5.

    If you’re unlucky, you have to specify the details, which include the incoming and outgoing server information, often known by the bewildering acronyms POP3 and SMTP. Plod through the fields shown on the screen, filling in the information as provided by your ISP, although you primarily need to specify only the incoming and outgoing server names.

  5. Set account options.

    You might want to reset the Inbox Checking Frequency to something other than 15 minutes. Keep the other items selected until you become familiar with how your phone handles e-mail.

  6. Touch the Next button.

  7. Give the account a name and confirm your own name.

    The account is given your e-mail address as a name. If you want to change the name, type something new in that field.

    The Your Name field lists your name as it’s applied to outgoing messages. So if your name is really Lucy Magillicutty and not , you can make that change now.

  8. Touch the Done button.

    The button might be titled Next. Either way, you’re done.

The next thing you’ll see is your e-mail account inbox. The phone proceeds to synchronize any pending e-mail you have in your account, updating the screen as you watch.

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