How do I set my incoming mail server?

Answered by Tom Adger

To set up your incoming mail server, you will need to follow a few steps. First, make sure you have the necessary information about your email account, such as your full email address and the server address for your domain. Once you have this information, you can proceed with the setup.

1. Open your email client or app and go to the settings or preferences section. This is usually indicated by a gear icon or a menu option.

2. Look for the option to add a new email account or to modify the settings for an existing account. Click on this option to begin the setup process.

3. You will be prompted to enter your email address. Make sure to enter your full email address, including the domain part (e.g., [email protected]).

4. After entering your email address, you will need to provide the server information. For the incoming mail server (IMAP), enter the server address as “”. Make sure to replace “” with your actual domain name.

5. Next, you will need to specify the security type. Choose SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), which may also be displayed as SSL/TLS. This ensures that your connection to the server is encrypted and secure.

6. Now, you need to specify the port for the incoming mail server. For IMAP, the recommended port is 993. However, some email clients may automatically select the correct port based on the security type you chose.

7. In some cases, you may see an option for the IMAP Path Prefix. This field is often left blank, so you can proceed without making any changes. However, if you are experiencing any issues with your emails, you can try entering “/” (without quotes) in this field.

8. Click on the “Next” or “Continue” button to proceed to the next step.

After completing these steps, your email client or app will attempt to connect to the server using the provided information. If everything is entered correctly, you should be able to receive emails on your device.

It’s worth noting that the specific steps and options may vary slightly depending on the email client or app you are using. However, the general principles outlined above should be applicable in most cases.

In my personal experience, setting up an incoming mail server can sometimes be a bit challenging, especially if you are not familiar with the technical terms and settings involved. However, most email clients and apps provide clear instructions and guides to help you through the process.

If you encounter any difficulties during the setup, I would recommend referring to the documentation or support resources provided by your email service provider or contacting their customer support for assistance. They will be able to provide specific guidance tailored to your email account and client.