POP3 email is one of the most popular ways to use for email setup. For more details about POP3 email, click the link. POP3 email is possibly more often used, and is what I will be addressing setting up email as POP3.

Setting up your email is one of those things that can readily be answered on the web with some quick searches. I think, however, that lots of times people talk themselves out of do-it-yourself service when it comes to email setup.

Even so, basic email setup requires very little info for email setup so you can send and receive email.

  • your name
  • incoming mail server (also called POP3 Server)
  • outgoing mail server (also called the sending mail server and the SMTP Server)
  • email username
  • email password

Your name is fairly obvious, and is what’s displayed in most modern email programs as the sender of the email.

The incoming mail server will often match the website name its related to. If your email address is someone@example.com then your incoming mail server may be mail.example.com or pop.example.com.

The outgoing mail server is also related to the website name its related to and will often be either mail.example.com or smtp.example.com.

Your email username is will either be the portion of your email address to the left of the @ symbol, or your entire email address (someone, or someone@example.com).

Your email password is obvious since you either chose it or it was assigned to your email for you.


Some ISP’s may require special settings, often for the outgoing mail server name and sometimes special port numbers. The best way to find out is to ask or check their website or search engines for details.


Some email programs have more options than the basics described here. Check with your email program’s help, or online at your email program’s website. for example many email programs will manage more than one email account, and they don’t all handle multiple email accounts the same way. One thing they have in common, however, is assigning your email a special name like “My Work Email” or similar so when there is an error message or you need to edit settings its less confusing.