How do I set up IMAP email in Mac Mail (OSX Mavericks)

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If you aren't sure of the difference between POP and IMAP and why you would use one or the other, please click here.

1) Click on the mail icon to launch Mac Mail


2) Click on the Mail menu, then on Add Account


3) Choose Add Other Mail Account...and click Continue


4) Enter your Name, email address and email password and click next.


5) Select IMAP. Enter the server name as shown. Then enter your email address and email password as User Name and Password. Click Next.


6) Enter the Outgoing server information as shown.
Apple shows User Name and Password as optional in this step.  These are NOT optional.  You must enter your email address and email password.



7) You will now see your mailbox.


Important note: There are still some items you want to check.  Look below to complete your setup


Additional setting

1) Click on the Mail menu at the top left and then on preferences.

You will see this. Click on the outgoing server indicated in the image. Note the server with the check mark next to it.



2) Click on Edit SMTP server list.


3) Select the server that was checked in the top list. Then make sure you select custom portand enter 587. Then change authentication to Password and enter your email address and email password.


4) Save the settings

If are unable to send after completing these steps, you can try a custom port of 25.  Most ISPs block port 25, but this setting will work for some people.


5) You can also click on the Mailbox behaviors tab to set how you want Mac Mail to handle mail storage on the server.


Please follow these steps to setup up your email. If it doesn't work, please recheck your spelling in all settings. If you are still having a problem, feel free to post a question, with the specific problem. The more detail you can give us the better.

Thanks

Homestead sup
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Posted 5 years ago

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When I add an additional homestead email account, it deletes the other homestead outgoing servers
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Is it actually deleting them, or is it just using the new one as the default for each Homestead email? If it's using the new one as the default, that is ok because they will be the same. If it's actually removing them and not establishing a default, you may want to check with Apple to see if there's some special configuration setting that needs changed.

Mike
This was very helpful. My email now works perfectly. Thank you!!
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You're welcome. Glad we could help.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
The identity of "smtp.homestead.com" cannot be verified..


What does this mean - should I be worried? This happens every time I try to send an email. It began when Homestead changed email providers. "The certificate for this server is invalid. You might be connecting to a server this is pretending to be "smtp.homestead.com" which could put your confidential information at risk. Do you want to connect to the server anyway?"
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I've merged our discussion into this thread as it contains details for setting up Mac Mail.  Follow the steps here and if you get stuck let me know which step, any error messages or other issues you run into.

Mike
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Hi, Im trying to configure mail for my macbook with the MAC OS 10 Yosemite. I've tried the steps given above but no luck. Can someone help?
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Where are you getting stuck?
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y3105,

I just had someone with Yosemite set it up and they said it was the same, with a minor change on the Edit SMTP step. The UI looks a little different. Also, he reports that the SSL will not stay off, but that messages will send regardless. If you still have an issue, let us know.
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Hi Drew, I did the steps over and over again, but unable to receive emails, only able to send them. Please advise...
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William S

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Hello,

What email address is not receiving in Mac Mail?
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Sorry for going underground. for some time i gave up on setting up my email and was working on setting parental controls for my childrens accounts. got that sorted today and gave another try to the email and it worked just fine today. first time attempt, followed steps given by you and started replicating. 
thanks for your help.
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No problem, glad it is working.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled The outgoing mail will connect but the IMAP wont..

Trying to get mail account on my mac. the outgoing (smtp) will connect but the imap wont. I can get it on my phone and I have tried the password and user name many times. I am running yosemite 10.10.5
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Chris4543, Please check all settings against this topic. Let me know if there is anything at all different that you encounter. I believe Yosemite and Mavericks are the same in mail.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Email accounts jump offline via MacBook Pro.

My Homestead email accounts for my website are incessantly going offline on my MacBook Pro and my outgoing emails keep sitting in Drafts or my Outbox and I keep getting errors about the server!!!
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Please check the settings first. With Macs, mail sitting in the Outbox is almost always because the outgoing server is not configured correctly.
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Directions are 2 years old.  It's not OS X Mavericks anymore.  It's OS X El Capitan now.  Some of the screen shots do not even look like this anymore.
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Do you see similar screens? I do not have a Mac. I will have to try to get the screenshots but I don't know how long that will take.