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How to set up email on PC

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How to set up email on PC: Lately, due to a fair amount of work, you have been spending a lot more time than usual in front of the computer. Consequently, you would like to “free yourself” of the need to continually open your browser to consult your e-mail and have a way to consult it through a convenient program installed on your computer. The problem, however, is that you’ve never done this before, so you’re looking for a guide to teach you how to do it in the simplest way possible.

Well, I’m happy to tell you that you have really found it! In fact, below I will explain to you in detail  how to set up e-mail on a PC  using a series of commonly used programs: Mail from Windows 10, Microsoft Outlook, Mail from Apple and Thunderbird from Mozilla. Before explaining how to do it, however, I will take care to illustrate the parameters to be used, different for each e-mail service, should the automatic configuration procedure of the various programs not be successful.

So, without hesitating a moment longer, take a few minutes of your free time and read very carefully everything I have to explain on the subject: I am sure that, once you have read this guide, you will be perfectly able to cope independently with the problem. need that has arisen. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you good reading and good work!

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Parameters for setting up e-mail on PC

Before even showing you, in practice, the steps to configure the email on the most well-known and used computer programs, it is good that you are aware of the IMAP parameters to be entered, if necessary, when adding the account. Below I am going to provide you with those useful for setting up the e-mail of the most common services of this type: take care to write them down, as they may be useful later on.

Google (Gmail)

Generally, when it comes to setting up Google accounts in computer e-mail programs, it should not be necessary to proceed manually, as the parameters are usually recognized automatically.

In all cases, below you will list the ones to use for adding a Gmail mailbox to any program; the username and password to be specified to log in are the same as those of the Google account.

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  imap.gmail.com
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtp.gmail.com
    • Port:  465
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Outlook

How to set up email on PC - outlook

Even for Outlook accounts , as well as for all other Microsoft e-mail profiles (Live, MSN, Hotmail and so on), there should be no need for additional configuration, as the parameters should be automatically retrieved from the mail program chosen electronics.

In any case, below I indicate the settings to indicate in the various text boxes proposed, if necessary.

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  imap-mail.outlook.com
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtp-mail.outlook.com
    • Port:  587
    • SSL: Sì (STARTTLS)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

As for Outlook accounts combined with an  Office365 subscription , the parameters to be used are the following.

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  outlook.office365.com
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtp-office365.com
    • Port:  587
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

iCloud

How to set up email on PC - iCloud

If you have an iCloud email address available and would like to configure it on your computer, you can enter the parameters specified below when prompted. Remember that, if two-factor authentication is active on your profile, you will need to generate a specific password to use with the email client.

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  imap.mail.me.com
    • Port:  993
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Username:  The email address, complete with @ icloud.com
    • Password:  Your specific iCloud password / password with two-factor authentication
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtp.mail.me.com
    • Port:  587
    • SSL:  Yes (also STARTTLS)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes
    • Username:  The email address, complete with @ icloud.com
    • Password : Your specific iCloud password / password with two-factor authentication

Alice

How to set up email on PC - alice

Do you have an Alice mailbox and, tired of reading emails from your browser, would you like to configure it on your computer? No problem. Once you have reached the account setup screen, enter the parameters specified below where required.

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP): in.alice.it
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  out.alice.it
    • Port:  587
    • SSL:  Yes (also STARTTLS)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Aruba

How to set up email on PC - aruba

As regards the @ aruba.it@ technet.it  e-mail accounts and the mailboxes created on personal domains hosted by the aforementioned provider, you must perform the configuration using the parameters specified below.

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  imaps.aruba.it
    • Port:  993
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Username / password:  same as the Webmail
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtps.aruba.it
    • Port:  465
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Authentication Required:  Yes
    • Username / password : same as the Webmail

As for the  PEC Aruba , however, you must use the settings below.

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  imaps.pec.aruba.it
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtps.pec.aruba.it
    • Port:  993
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Other email services

How to set up email on PC - other services

Did you not find the parameters specified in the previous sections of this guide useful, as you are relying on a different supplier? No problem: you can easily find the optimal settings for your case by carrying out a quick Google search, such as  imap parameters [mail service name] .

Unfortunately it is not possible for me to list the settings to use for all existing providers, as there are so many! What I can do, however, is to list below the parameters necessary to configure the e-mail boxes made available by some common service providers:  Libero, Tiscali, Virgilio  and  Register.it .

Free

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  imapmail.libero.it
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtp.libero.it
    • Port:  465
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Free (PEC)

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  mail.postacert.it.net
  • Server posta in uscita (SMTP):mail.postacert.it.net
    • Port:  465
    • SSL:  Yes
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Tiscali

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  imap.tiscali.it
    • Port:  993
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtp.tiscali.it
    • Port:  465
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Tiscali (PEC)

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  mail.tiscalipec.it
    • Port:  993
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  smtp.tiscalipec.it
    • Port:  465 (with SSL/TLS) or 25 (with STARTTLS)
    • SSL:  Yes (SSL / TLS or STARTTLS, depending on the port chosen above)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Virgil

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  in.virgilio.it
    • Port:  993
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  out.virgilio.it
    • Port:  465
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Register (dominio o @register.it)

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  pop.securemail.pro
    • Port:  993
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  authsmtp.securemail.pro
    • Port:  465
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

Register (PEC)

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP):  server.pec-email.com
    • Port:  993
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):  server.pec-email.com
    • Port:  465
    • SSL: Sì (SSL/TLS)
    • Authentication Required:  Yes

How to set up email on PC

Now that you have the parameters to use to  set up email on your PC , it’s time to take action and add the mailbox to the program you usually use. Below I give you the steps to follow for the most well-known: Windows 10 Mail, Microsoft Outlook , Apple Mail and Thunderbird .

Windows 10 Mail

How to set up email on PC - Windows 10 Mail

If you use Windows 10 Mail , first start the program, calling it from the   Windows  Start menu (the flag icon in the lower left corner of the screen). If this is your first time using the software, you will be asked whether to proceed with the Microsoft account configured on your PC or to add another account : choose the option that best suits your needs.

If the wizard does not start, click on the    button located at the bottom and then select the items  Manage account  and  Add account . Next, indicate the type of profile you want to set up (eg  Outlook.com, Google, Yahoo!  and so on) and, when prompted, enter your e-mail account credentials. If your provider is not listed among the default settings, click on the item  Other account , indicate the email address , the  name  to use for the messages sent and the  account password  , then press the  Login button .

With any luck, Mail should be able to automatically detect the optimal settings – if so, simply confirm adding the account by clicking the  Finish button . Otherwise, you will have to proceed with the manual configuration  of the mailbox, entering the  IMAP parameters  noted previously in the appropriate boxes and following the procedure shown on the screen to confirm them (generally, you may have to simply press the  Next  and  Finish buttons ).

Microsoft Outlook (Windows/macOS)

How to set up email on PC - Microsoft Outlook for Windows

Have you recently downloaded Microsoft Office and would like to set up email in the Outlook program? Then proceed using the instructions I give you below.

If you are on  Windows , start the program, click on the  File  tab located at the top left and press the  Add Account  button located in it. Subsequently, enter the email address  in the appropriate field and, if your service provider is among the best known (eg. Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! and so on), click on the  Connect  button to try to perform the automatic configuration .

If this is not successful, repeat the steps seen above and, once you have entered the email address in the dedicated field, click on the  Advanced Options  item and check the box  Allow manual configuration of the account .

Once this is done, click again on the  Connect  button to access the next step, choose the  IMAP  protocol from those available and fill in the fields that are proposed to you with the information noted previously.

How to set up email on PC - Microsoft Outlook for Mac

If, on the other hand, you are on a  Mac , start the program by recalling it from the  Launchpad  and go to the Outlook> Preferences  menu  located at the top, then click on  the Account  icon attached to the screen that opens later, press the  [+]  button located in bottom left and select the item  New account  from the menu that is shown.

Once this is done, indicate the email address  in the appropriate field, click on the  Continue  button and enter the  access password  in the next text box: with a little luck, the program should automatically detect the server settings and finish the configuration automatically. If this is your case, click on the  Add Account  and  Done  buttons to finalize everything.

If the automatic detection is not successful, choose the service provider in  the Choose the provider for [mail address] screen and, if this does not appear among the options listed, choose the  IMAP / POP  item to enter the dedicated section to manual configuration. From there, set the  IMAP  entry in the Type  drop-down menu  and enter the parameters noted previously in the dedicated text boxes.

For further information regarding the configuration of Outlook for Windows and macOS, I invite you to carefully read my tutorial dedicated to the subject.

Apple Mail (macOS)

How to set up email on PC - Apple Mail

Setting up  Apple Mail  is really that simple! If this is your first time opening the program, you should immediately find yourself face to face with the Add  New Account screen . If not, click on the  Mail  menu located at the top of the screen (on the top panel of macOS), select the  Previous  item from the latter and, having reached the management screen, click on the  [+]  button located in the top corner bottom left.

From now on, the steps are the same: put the check mark on your e-mail manager (you can choose between  iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google, Yahoo!  or, again,  AOL ), click on the  Continue  button and log in to the mailbox using the  dedicated username  and  password  . If everything went smoothly, the configuration should be finished automatically and you will simply have to set the synchronization options by acting on the next screen.

If the service does not appear among those listed, put the check mark next to the  Other Mail account option , click on the  Continue button , then indicate the  name  to use for outgoing mail, the email address  and  password  in the fields proposed. At this point, click on the  Login button : if the e-mail provider is among those automatically recognized by Mail, the configuration should be automatic, also in this case, and you may simply have to define the elements to be synchronized.

If, on the other hand, Mail fails to correctly retrieve the parameters relating to the mailbox you are trying to add, you will be offered further text boxes in which to enter the IMAP parameters noted previously.

Thunderbird (Windows/macOS/Linux)

How to set up email on PC - Thunderbird

Didn’t you find the programs I have just illustrated useful and would you like an “alternative” client suitable for multiple platforms? In this case, the choice can only fall on  Thunderbird , a multi-platform open source software that can easily manage one or more mailboxes.

If you don’t already have it, you can install it in a very simple way: first of all, connected to this website , click on the  Free Download  button located in the center of the page and wait for the installation package to be completely downloaded to your computer, then follow the instructions below. suitable for the operating system you are using.

  • Windows – start the downloaded file ( Thunderbird_setup_x_x.exe ), click on the  Yes  and  Next buttons , put the check mark next to the  Standard  item and, to complete the setup, click on the  Next, Install  and  Finish buttons . If the program does not open automatically, call it up from the  Start menu .
  • macOS  – open the file obtained previously ( Thunderbird_x_x_x.dmg ), drag the program icon to the  Mac Applications  folder , then open it, right-click on the Thunderbird icon, select the  Open  item from the context menu that appears and presses the  Open  button to pass the security check (you have to do it only at the first run of the program).

If this is your first time using the program, you will be asked if you want to create a new email address; reject this option by clicking the  Skip this step and use an existing address button .

If, on the other hand, you had already used Thunderbird previously and want to add a second email account, click on the  ☰  button located at the top right and select  Options> Account settings  from the menu that is proposed to you. Then, click on the  Account Actions  button located at the bottom left and select  Add mail account…  from the menu displayed on the screen.

From now on, the steps are exactly the same: fill in the form proposed by entering the email , the  name  to be used for the outgoing mail and the  password  , click on the  Continue button and wait a few moments: if the provider e-mail is among those known by the program, it will be able to independently retrieve the configuration parameters of the mailbox.

Otherwise, you will be notified that the settings for the mail account cannot be detected , then you will be asked to proceed with the manual configuration: all you have to do, at this point, is to put the check mark next to the IMAP entry  and indicate, in the appropriate fields, the parameters relating to  incoming  and  outgoing  mail noted previously. When you are done, click on the  Done  button to finish the setup.