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Email Client Setup


Now that you've created an email account, you need to access and manage your mailbox by setting up an email client on your desktop or mobile device. The process may seem daunting, but we'll give you all the information you need to set up any email client with ease. This article explains where to find your email configuration settings, what each setting means, and links to our setup guides for the most common email clients.

If you'd rather access your email account online, refer to How to Log in to Webmail for more information.

Locate Your Settings

The configuration settings are a bit different for each email account, but we've eliminated the guesswork by keeping them all in your Email Manager. Follow the steps below to view the unique settings for your email account:

  1. Log in to your hostmonster control panel.
  2. Click the Hosting menu at the top of the page.
  3. Click Email in the submenu to access the Email Manager.
  4. From the menu on the left side, click Email Configuration.
  5. Select your email address from the drop-down menu to view it's configuration settings.

The specific configuration settings asked for may be different for every mail client. When you're ready to set it up, make it easy on yourself and either keep your Email Configuration page open, take a screenshot, or write them down. They're all important!

Basic Settings

If you're unable to log in to the cPanel to view your email settings, you can still set up your email client using these basic settings:

Username Your HostMonster-hosted email address:
Password The password to access your email account
Incoming Mail Server
Supported Port 143 (IMAP), 110 (POP3)
Outgoing Mail Server
Supported Port 26

Email Settings Explained

Email settings can be confusing, so here's a brief explanation of each setting so you can customize your mail client to fit your needs.

Username Your HostMonster-hosted email address.
Password The password to access your email account.
SSL While not required, we recommend securing your email connection using the Private (with SSL) settings, which means an SSL email certificate will encrypt the connection between your email client and the mail server, ensuring your mail is private and cannot be read by anyone but the intended recipient.
Mail Server This is the host server that sends or receives your email. The mail server you use depends on whether your'e setting up a Standard or Private (with SSL) connection.
Mail Protocols Email protocols allow you to send and receive emails. For outgoing mail, we use SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol). For incoming mail, you can set up an IMAP or POP3 connection.
IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) is the most popular choice for people who access their email on multiple devices, such as a phone and tablet, or if multiple users access the same account because your email is the same no matter where you're accessing it from. When you read, reply, delete, forward, or otherwise manage your email, the changes are made on the server and will sync with your webmail and other IMAP-connected email clients.
POP3 (Post Office Protocol) connections download your email messages from the server and store it on your device so you can read them offline. When you read, reply, delete, forward, or otherwise manage your email, the changes are made on your email client only, not on the server. It's a great option if you want to manage your email through one main interface, frequently manage your email offline, or need more storage space than your mail server allows. But it's not recommended if you plan to access your email from multiple devices or need your sent mail and message folders backed up on your mail server.
Port A port number is the address your email client uses to communicate with hostmonster. The port number you use depends on the type of connection you're setting up.
Authentication Email authentication ensures that the emails you're sending and receiving are legitimate. As part of our efforts to prevent spam, our email ports require server authentication so be sure to enable the option if it’s presented.

Email Client Setup Guides

The setup process is a bit different for each email client, and many of them support Autodiscover, which automatically detects some or all of the required server settings from your username and password. Click on a link from the lists below for a step-by-step tutorial specific to your email client.

Mobile Apps

Desktop Clients

If you have any trouble configuring your email client, double check the settings you've entered and make sure your DNS settings are pointed to hostmonster. If your domain isn't registered with hostmonster, you may need to update your name servers or MX records.

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