How do I set up POP 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 create.

5) You will probably be notified the account has to be manually configured. Click next.

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

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

8) 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.

2) Note the server with the check mark next to it. Then click on Edit SMTP server list.

3) Select the server that was checked in the top list. Then make sure you select custom port and 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.

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.

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New iMac with mavericks. Can receive email but cannot send email.
tried port 587 & port 25, Neither works.
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Hello Pete9989, Are you setting this up with POP, or IMAP settings?