Written by Jos

How do I set up my email on my MacBook?

Finally, your new Apple MacBook has arrived! After it has been set up, it's time to configure your email. After all, you can't go without it these days. Need some help with this? Below, I'll explain the steps to set up your email on your MacBook.

The basic steps

In order to set up my email on my Apple MacBook, I go through a number of steps to open the Mail program in the Mac OS and get to the right menu to add an email account.

Step 1: Open Mail

In the Dock at the bottom of the screen, I can find all the apps that came pre-installed on my operating system. I click the Mail app to open Apple's email program.

Step 2: Select Add Acccount...

Mail's menu bar appears in the top of the screen of my Apple MacBook. When i click on Mail, I see a drop-down menu. Click on Add Account... in order to an email account.

Step 3: choose a mail account provider

This is where I choose which email provider I use. I can choose from 5 preset providers on my Apple MacBook; iCloud, Exchange, Google (Gmail), Yahoo!, and Aol. If I use another provider, I select Add Other Mail Account...

Installing Gmail and Hotmail on my MacBook

Gmail and Hotmail are the best-known providers of free e-mail addresses. Hotmail is still a name that's frequently used, but these days the company calls itself Outlook. You can now choose from an email address that ends with @hotmail.com or one that ends with @outlook.com. That's why I'll use the name Hotmail/Outlook as we continue.

Setting up Gmail.

In order to set up my Gmail on my MacBook, I'll continue where I left off with the basic steps.

Step 4: Choose Google

In order to set up my email, I choose the right provide for my email account. For Gmail, I select Google as my mail account provided.

Step 5: Enter Gmail address

I enter the complete gmail address where I'm asked to provide the information. My Gmail always ends in @gmail.com.

Step 6: Enter password

I enter the password for my Gmail account.

Step 7: Use programs with this account

Now I'm logged in. Next, my MacBook will ask me which programs I want to use with the Mail account. That'll make my MacBook sync the contacts on my MacBook with my Gmail contacts for instance. Everything I enter in my calendar, I do so under my Gmail account. This means I'll also receive my Gmail calendar notifications. In this menu, I can easily check or uncheck programs.

Step 8: Get started

Now I click on Ready and my Gmail will be all set up on my Apple MacBook. All my Gmail folders, like my inbox and sent messages will appear in Apple's Mail application.

Setting up Hotmail/Outlook

In order to set up my Hotmail/Outlook on my MacBook, I'll continue where I left off with the basic steps.

Step 4: Select Add Other Mail Account...

In order to set up my email, I choose the right provide for my email account. For Hotmail/Outlook, I select Add Other Mail Account... as my mail account provided.

Step 5: Enter data

Here is where I choose a name for my Mail account. In order to me things easy for myself, I entered my first name and my last name. Below that, I enter my Hotmail/Outlook email address ending in @hotmail.com or @outlook.com. Next, I enter the password for my Hotmail/Outlook account and click on Log in.

Step 6: Use programs with this account

Now I'm logged in. Next, my MacBook asks me which programs I want to use with the Mail Account. When setting up my Hotmail/Outlook, I only have to choices: Mail and Notes. I definitely check Mail, so I can use my Hotmail/Outlook in Apple's Mail program. If I also want to receive notes that I write in my inbox, I check Notes as well.

Step 7: Get started

Now I click on Ready and my Hotmail/Outlook will be all set up on my Apple MacBook. All my Hotmail/Outlook folders, like my inbox and sent messages will appear in Apple's Mail application.


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