How To Setup a POP3 Email Account (on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch)

In this article, I’ll explain how to set up a POP3 email account on your mobile Apple device.

I also have an in-depth list of settings that you need when manually adding an account including all the details requested such as the port numbers, mail servers, and other information.

POP 3 on iPhone

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Setting up your email on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

It is a fairly easy process to create a POP 3 email account on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad.

The most difficult part is to find out what your setting is for your particular email account.

Luckily I have listed the most popular IMAP, SMTP, POP3 settings for your iPhone email account.

The only other thing you need is your email address and password for your email account.

POP 3 or IMAP – which is the best?

IMAP is best if you access the same email account on many different devices.

For example, if you have a personal email address that is setup on a computer, phone, and tablet.

Why?

IMAP allows you to read, reply, and delete messages on one device, and then these changes are automatically synchronized across to the other devices.

So if you read a message on your iPhone then check your messages on a desktop computer the same message will be marked as read there too.

It does have one drawback…

…it uses far more space because all of your messages are kept in an account ‘in the cloud’.

The number of messages can soon spiral out of control resulting in a huge mailbox.

POP 3 is different.

It downloads all the messages from your mailbox on to the device you are using to view them.

So if you read a message on your smartphone it will be downloaded to it. If you then go to your computer then the message will not appear because it is now on your phone. No synchronization occurs.

This can make it very confusing to know where a message ended up if you use multiple devices so it best suited to people who only ever use one device.

One bonus of POP 3 is that it can be configured to not keep a copy of messages on the server meaning it doesn’t use masses of space ‘in the cloud’. Instead, all the messages are stored on your device meaning it has to have the ability to store the messages.

With the smallish storage options available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch this is probably going to run out quickly.

Why use POP 3 email on iPhone?

Sometimes it isn’t possible to get IMAP working with some Apple devices – which means the only way to check email might be by using POP 3.

If IMAP isn’t an option you have no choice but to use POP 3.

This is why I have created these instructions.

How to setup a POP 3 mailbox on your device

1. Find out the following information and make a note of it:

  • Your email address
  • Your email password
  • Your Incoming IMAP server
  • Your outgoing POP server

If you are unsure about your incoming and outgoing server details then contact your email account provider or look at my handy list.

2. Press the Home button and choose Settings.

Settings

3. Scroll down and click Passwords & Accounts

passwords and email accounts screen

4. Click Add account

add email account screen

5. Scroll down and select ‘Other’ from the list

Select Other

 

6. Select ‘Add mail account’

add email account screen

7. Type in the following information to the screen (you should have made a note of these things in step 1)

Name: Your full name. This will appear as the sender name when people get an email from you
Email: Your email address
Password: Your password for the email account
Description: You can type anything as your description but I would suggest you use your email address

It will then go and look up your account.

8. Click Next at the top right of the screen.

9. Click POP at the top. It should turn blue when you select it.

Add email

10. Name, Email, and Description should be already filled in as you added these earlier.

Fill in the user name, which is normally your email address together with the incoming and outgoing host server information (you should have made a note of this in step 1).

11. Click save at the top right and your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will verify your settings.

12. Next, you need to check you are using the correct ‘port numbers’ for your email account.

Once the account details have been saved you will go back to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen. Click your account from the list.

13. Scroll down and select Advanced

Advanced email settings

14. Type in the port number and choose if you want to use SSL for incoming email (most email accounts use SSL as this protects you and keeps your messages private).

Server port

15. Click the button at the top left to return to the previous screen.

16. Click on the outgoing hostname on the screen (you will have got this in step 1).

17. Type in the port number to use for your outgoing mail server.

Remember that if the port uses SSL switch it on. If not, make sure it is switched off or you will have problems sending emails.

Verify account

18. That’s it – you are done!

IMAP, SMTP, POP3 Settings For Your iPhone Email Accounts

IMAP, SMTP, POP3 Settings on a smartphoneIf you want to set up your email account on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch then you need to know your incoming mail server (IMAP) and your outgoing mail server (SMTP).

If you have the choice always use IMAP as it is the more modern, flexible, and secure option.

Port numbers

When setting up some email accounts for some ISP’s you may also be asked for the port numbers.

I ave liosted the standard ports used by most SMTP / IMAP / POP3 servers. These are worth knowing as they work for most ISP’s so you should use them as standard.

If different ports are needed I have listed them against the ISP.

SMTP AUTH:

  • Port 25 or 587

SMTP SSL:

  • Port 465

SMTP StartTLS:

  • Port 587

POP3 :

  • Port 110

IMAP

  • Port 143

IMAP SSL

  • Port 993

IMAP StartTLS

  • Port 143

Some email providers may also need a specific port number which I have also provided in the extensive list below.

1&1 incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.1and1.com
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.1and1.com
  • Outgoing POP Server: pop.1and1.com (Port 25 or 587)

Adelphia Cable incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : mail.adelphia.net
  • Incoming IMAP Server : mail.adelphia.net
  • Outgoing POP Server: mail.adelphia.net

AOL incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.aol.com
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.aol.com
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.aol.com

AT&T incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server: smtp.att.yahoo.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server: imap.att.yahoo.com (port 993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.att.yahoo.com (port 110)

ATT Broadband Internet incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server: mail.attbi.com
  • Incoming IMAP Server: mail.attbi.com
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.attbi.com

ATT WorldNet incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : mailhost.worldnet.att.net (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.aol.com (port 143)
  • Incoming POP Server: postoffice.worldnet.att.net (port 995)

Bell Atlantic incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : gtei.bellatlantic.net
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.bellatlantic.net

Bluelight incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.mybluelight.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.mybluelight.com (port 995)

BSNL incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.bsnl.in
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.bsnl.in

BT internet incoming and outgoing mail server

You can only use POP mail with BT Internet unless your @btconnect.com email address has been upgraded to the email plus organise and share package.

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : mail.btinternet.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : mail.btinternet.com (port 993), works with @btinternet.com email address
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.btinternet.com (port 995)

Clara.net incoming and outgoing mail server

  • OutgoingSMTP Server : smtp.clara.net (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.clara.net (port 995)

Comcast.net incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.comcast.net (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.comcast.net (port 995)

EarthLink incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtpauth.earthlink.net (587)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.earthlink.net

Frontier incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.frontier.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop3.frontier.com (port 995)

Gmail incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.gmail.com
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.gmail.com
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.gmail.com

More info : https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7104828?visit_id=636764154750822720-2109900619&rd=3

Hotmail incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.live.com (Port 25 with SSL)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop3.live.com (Port 995 with SSL)

iCloud incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.me.com (port 25)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : mail.me.com (port 143)
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.me.com (port 110)

Mail.com incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.mail.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.mail.com (port 993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.mail.com

Me.com incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.me.com (port 25)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : mail.me.com (port 143)
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.me.com (port 110)

Mobile Me incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.me.com (port 25)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : mail.me.com (port 143)
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.me.com (port 110)

O2 incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.o2.co.uk (port 465 with SSL)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.o2.co.uk (port 995)

Prodigy incoming and outgoing mail server

  • OutgoingSMTP Server : smtp.att.yahoo.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.mail.yahoo.com (993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.att.yahoo.com

RCN.com incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.rcn.com (port 25, authentication required)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.rcn.com

RoadRunner – rr.com incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp-server.rr.com
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop-server.rr.com

Sanchamet incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.bsnl.in
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.bsnl.in

SBCGlobal.net incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.att.yahoo.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.mail.yahoo.com (993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.att.yahoo.com

Sky.com incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.tools.sky.com (port 465 with SSL)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.tools.sky.com (port 993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.tools.sky.com (port 995)

South West Bell incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.att.yahoo.com (port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.mail.yahoo.com (993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.att.yahoo.com

SuddenLink incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.suddenlink.net (port 25 with authentication)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.suddenlink.net (port 110)

Sympatico incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp1.sympatico.ca
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop1.sympatico.ca

TalkTalk incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.talktalk.net
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.talktalk.net
  • Incoming POP Server: mail.talktalk.net

Tiscali.co.uk incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.tiscali.co.uk
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.tiscali.co.uk
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.tiscali.co.uk

Windstream incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.windstream.net (port 25 with authentication)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.windstream.net

Yahoo.co.uk incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.mail.yahoo.co.uk (port 465 with SSL)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.mail.yahoo.co.uk (port 993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.mail.yahoo.co.uk (port 995)

Yahoo.com incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server : smtp.mail.yahoo.com (port 465 with SSL)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : imap.mail.yahoo.com (port 993)
  • Incoming POP Server: pop.mail.yahoo.com (port 995)

Verizon incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP Server :smtp.verizon.net (Port 465)
  • Incoming IMAP Server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Outgoing POP Server: pop.verizon.net

Virgin Media incoming and outgoing mail server

  • Outgoing SMTP server: smtp.virginmedia.com
  • Incoming IMAP server : Not supported – use POP3
  • Outgoing POP3 server: pop3.virginmedia.com

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