Written by Jelle

How do you set up your email on your MacBook?

You have a new MacBook and you want to get started with it as soon as possible. After installation, it's time to set up your email so you're up to date on your new MacBook. Here, we explain how to set up your email on your Apple MacBook in 3 steps.

Set up email in 3 steps

Apple Mail

To set up your email on your Apple MacBook, you go through a number of steps:

  • Step 1. Select provider
  • Step 2. Log in to your account
  • Step 3. Select programs

Step 1: select a provider

Apple Mail add account

The Mail app can be found in the Dock at the bottom of your screen. In this app, you select the email provider you want to use:

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Click Mail in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  3. Click on Add account... in the menu that appears.
  4. Select your Mail account provider from the list.
  5. Is your provider not listed here? Select Other Mail account.... Do you use Hotmail or Outlook? Also select this option.

Setting up Gmail and Hotmail on your MacBook

The steps below are described using the 2 most popular Mail account providers, Hotmail and Gmail. The steps for other providers are similar.

Step 2: log in to your account

Apple Mail Gmail enter address


Gmail asks you to log in with your Google account first. This is an email address that ends with @gmail.com. Enter the password of your account. If you have set up 2-factor authentication, now you also have to authorize your MacBook for use with Gmail.

Enter Apple Mail information


You can manually add Hotmail and Outlook accounts. Fill in the 3 fields for this. To easily retrieve this email address, enter your first and last name in the text box next to Name:. In the box below, enter your email address that ends with @hotmail.com or @outlook.com. Enter your password in the bottom box.

Step 3: select the programs you want to use

Apple Mail use programs


Now that you're logged in, your MacBook will ask you which programs you want to use with your account. Do you only want to receive your email? Uncheck the other boxes.

Apple Mail use programs


Your MacBook will now ask you which programs are allowed to use your account. If you only want to receive your email, uncheck all other boxes.

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