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How to Setup Email Accounts on the iPad

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Are you trying to figure out how add email accounts to the iPad? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

The iPad’s Mail App allows you to access your MobileMe, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL and other IMAP and POP3 email accounts from the iPad.

Once you’ve added your account to the iPad you will be able to send and receive photos, PDF’s, and other documents.

There are two ways you can setup an email account on the iPad. The first method we’ll go over is adding email accounts to the iPad itself, the second method involves using iTunes and your iPad connected to your computer to add email accounts.

In this guide we will cover the following:

Note: If you are setting up an Exchange or MobileMe account you will also be able to synchronize your Calendar, Contacts, and Bookmarks (MobileMe Only).


How to Setup A New Email Account on the iPad

The following guide assumes that you have never added an email account to your iPad, if you wish to add additional accounts, skip to the Adding Additional Email Accounts to the iPad section below.

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1. Tap the Mail icon on the Home screen.

2. Tap on the account type you wish to use;

  • Microsoft Exchange
  • MobileMe
  • Gmail (We used Gmail for this tutorial).
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • AOL
  • Other

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3. Enter your Gmail account information.

4. Tap Save.


5. You will be presented with the latest messages. Tap on Inbox to display the list of messages in the Inbox.

Your account is ready! To add more email accounts to the iPad, follow the instructions below.


How to Add Additional Email Accounts to the iPad

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1. From the iPad Home screen, tap Settings.

2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

3. Tap on Add Account.

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4. Tap on the account type you wish to use;

  • Microsoft Exchange
  • MobileMe
  • Gmail (We used Gmail for this tutorial).
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • AOL
  • Other

5. Enter your Gmail account information.

6. Tap Save.

Your account is ready, now you can enjoy accessing your email from the convenience of your iPad.


Setting Up Email Accounts for the iPad Using iTunes

1. Make sure that your iPad is connected and open iTunes

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2. Select the iPad in the iTunes sidebar.

3. Click on the Info tab.

4. Scroll down until you find Sync Mail Accounts from – click on the check box to activate.

5. Select the email application you wish to sync your email from.

6. Click Apply when you are done to save the changes.

Note: You can sync email account settings from Mail on a Mac, and from Microsoft Outlook 2003 or 2007 or Outlook Express on a PC.

Account settings are only transferred from your computer to iPad. Changes you make to an email account on the iPad do not affect the account on your computer.


iPad Mail Tips

How to Navigate Multiple Accounts

If you’re like me or the commenter below, you most likely have more than one email account on your iPad. If this is the case, then you need to know how to navigate between the accounts.

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1. Click on the Folder button to go to the Folder List.

2. Tap on the Accounts button to navigate to the email accounts list. Your Accounts list should appear. Tap on the account you wish to open.

If you have any issues, please use the comments form below.

For more iPad guides, tips, and help, visit our iPad page.

Originally posted Apr 03, 2011

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  • N A Katheer

    I was hoping I’d find an answer to my problem here. The accounts buttons; add account and editing are off (can’t be pressed) why? How do they turn on?

  • Judy

    When we tap on my account (it is on his), it does not change to mine AND some emails to him have come in on my account on the desktop Mac. We had it set up yesterday by apple store.GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      You need to make sure that you select the correct From email address when sending messages. This is one of the reasons why I think apple needs to introduce a login function to the ipad.

      Regards,

      Gilberto J Perera
      Editor-in-Chief, GilsMethod.com

  • Jeanne Warren

    The newest wrinkle is that the guy at the Genius bar got my email account set up and I was able to receive emails. We failed to try sending an email, which was a mistake, because when I got home, I realized I can only receive them and not send them. My ISP is 1and1. I have sent them an email. This is reminiscent of a problem I have with my laptop PC. When I travel, I sometimes have to uncheck “my server requires authentication” in order to send emails. So I am wondering if this is a similar issue, except I see no way to change this on the Ipad.

  • Jeanne Warren

    I cannot set up my email on my Ipad 2 and Apple tech support says I may not be able to!! They said “some email address’s just don’t work”!! Are you kidding me? I have tried 10 times, using the exact same settings as my laptop. It is a POP account. Anyone else experience this?? I am trying the Genius Bar today. If they can’t make it work, I am taking the Ipad back.

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      Who is your telco? This is not limited to iPad…it depends on the ISP.

      Regards,

      Gilberto J Perera
      Editor-in-Chief, GilsMethod.com

  • Evitaw

    how do import my aol contacts? how do i close an email accoount to go to another one? it never asks for passwords

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      You may want to check out this video which shows you how to export your
      contacts from AOL.

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