Basics of E-Mail Account Setting on the iPad mini

The email app on the iPad mini has account settings allowing you to interact with your email. You most likely will never need most of these settings. So here they are, whether you need ’em or not:

  • To stop using an e-mail account: Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen; tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars–>Account Name and flip the switch so that Mail is turned off. As a reminder that Mail is on, you see green by the Mail switch. Otherwise the switch is gray.

    This setting doesn’t delete the account; it only hides it from view and stops it from sending or checking e-mail until you turn it on again. (You can repeat this step to turn off Calendars, Contacts, Reminders, and Notes within a given account.)

  • To delete an e-mail account: Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen; tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars–>Account Name–>Delete Account–>Delete. Tap Cancel if you change your mind and don’t want your account blown away.

You can find still more advanced Mail settings, reached the same way: Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen; tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars; and then tap the name of the account you want to work with.

The settings you see under Advanced (sometimes shown as Advanced Settings) and how they appear vary by account. This list describes some of the settings you might see:

  • To specify how long until deleted messages are removed permanently from your iPad: Tap Advanced–>Remove. Your choices are Never, After One Day, After One Week, and After One Month. Tap the choice you prefer.

  • To choose whether drafts, sent messages, and deleted messages are stored on your iPad or on your mail server: Tap Advanced and then choose the setting under Mailbox Behaviors Stored on My iPad or Stored On the Server.

    You can decide for Drafts, Sent Messages, and Trash. If you choose to store any or all of them on the server, you can’t see them unless you have an Internet connection. If you choose to store them on your iPad, they’re always available, even if you don’t have Internet access. Under Mailbox behaviors, in certain circumstances, you also get to determine whether to delete or archive discarded messages.

    We strongly recommend that you don’t change these next two items unless you know exactly what you’re doing and why. If you’re having problems with sending or receiving mail, start by contacting your ISP (Internet service provider), e-mail provider, or corporate IT person or tech department. Then change these settings only if they tell you to. Again, these settings and exactly where and how they appear vary by account.

  • To reconfigure mail server settings: Tap Host Name, User Name, or Password in the Incoming Mail Server or Outgoing Mail Server section of the account settings screen and make your changes.

  • To adjust Use SSL, Authentication, IMAP Path Settings, or Server Port: Tap Advanced and then tap the appropriate item and make the necessary changes.

And that, as they say in baseball, retires the side. You’re now fully qualified to set up e-mail accounts and send and receive e-mail on your iPad. But, as the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was wont to say, there is one more thing . . . .