How to look up your email server settings

Updated October 7th, 2020.

You need to know your incoming and outgoing mail server settings when you’re setting up an email program. Apple provides a look-up website that will tell you what the settings are for your particular email address.

They don’t collect your email address, and even if they did, you could use a phony one anyway. If your real email address is “” you could enter “” or “” and get the same server settings.

Obviously you would use your own username when configuring your email program.

Here’s what you get if you put in

Mail Settings Lookup server settings for
Mail Settings Lookup server settings for

Note: newer versions of Apple’s Mac Mail program pull information from the same source as this look-up webpage. Thus, when you’re setting up an email account in Mail it often can figure out the settings for you and put them in the right places in Mail’s Preferences. In those cases, it’s very close to automatic. If you’re using some other email client, go to Apple’s mail settings lookup page, get the settings, and then enter them into your chosen email app by hand.

Note 2: Apple doesn’t know everything. You might put in an email address and find Apple’s site saying “Mail settings are not known for your email address.” In that case they refer you to your email provider.

Mail settings not known by Apple
Mail settings not known to Apple

For large-ish email service providers the email settings webpage works great. It’s definitely worth a try.

Did this article help you?

Maybe you'd like to contribute to the
Christian Boyce coffee fund.

Want some some quick iPhone how-tos?
Visit me at

Looking for in-depth tutorials?
See my website!

Please use the “Sharing” buttons to share what’s interesting with your friends. It helps them and it helps the blog. Thank you very much!

Christian signature
Christian Boyce

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

Read our Privacy Policy