Set Up an IMAP or POP E-mail Account on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If your e-mail account that you want to use on your iPad is with a provider other than iCloud, Gmail (Google), Yahoo!, AOL, Microsoft Hotmail, or MobileMe, you have a bit more work ahead of you. You need a bunch of information about your e-mail account that you may not know or have handy.

Scan the following instructions, note the items you don’t know, and go find the answers before you continue. To find the answers, look at the documentation you received when you signed up for your e-mail account or visit the account provider’s website and search there.

Here’s how you set up an account:

  1. Starting at the Home screen, tap Settings→Mail, Contacts, Calendars→Add Account→Other.

  2. Under Mail, tap Add Mail Account.

  3. Fill in the name, address, password, and description in the appropriate fields, and then tap Next.

    With any luck, that’s all you’ll have to do. The iPad will look up and hopefully be able to retrieve your account credentials. If not, continue with Step 4.

  4. Tap the button at the top of the screen that denotes the type of e-mail server this account uses: IMAP or POP, as shown.


  5. Fill in the Internet hostname for your incoming mail server, which looks something like

  6. Fill in your username and password.

  7. Enter the Internet hostname for your outgoing mail server, which looks something like

  8. Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields.

  9. Tap the Next button in the upper-right corner to create the account.