Mac Mail — How to make changes to an existing Mail account

Edit Mac Mail settings
  • Mojave and Catalina
  • Editing Incoming/Outgoing settings in Mojave and Catalina
  • Sierra/High Sierra
  • Editing Incoming/Outgoing settings in Sierra and High Sierra
  • El Capitan
  • Editing existing Incoming settings in El Capitan
  • Editing pre-existing SMTP (Outgoing) settings in El Capitan

Follow these instructions to change settings in a Mail account you have already set up.

This article shows IMAP examples. View the following article for POP alternatives:

  • Email client protocols and port numbers

Mojave and Catalina

Editing Incoming/Outgoing settings in Mojave and Catalina

These instructions have been tested up to Mail version 12.4 (Mojave) and 13.0 (Catalina).

  1. Open the Apple Mail application by clicking Mail in the top menu bar.
  2. Select the Preferences option.
  3. Click the @ Accounts option in the top bar.
  4. Click the Server Settings tab.
  5. Edit the Host Name fields to match your DreamHost mail server name.
  6. To edit the Incoming/Outgoing ports, UN-check Automatically manage connection settings. The Port field and Use TLS/SSL checkbox then appear.
  7. Edit as needed. It's recommended to use incoming values of port 993 for IMAP and 995 for POP.
  8. When finished, click the Save button.

Sierra and High Sierra

Editing Incoming/Outgoing settings in Sierra and High Sierra

These instructions have been tested up to Mail version 11.5 and High-Sierra 10.13.6.

  1. Open the Apple Mail application by clicking Mail in the top menu bar.
  2. Select the Preferences option. The Accounts page opens:
  3. Click the @ Accounts option in the top bar.
  4. Click the Server Settings tab.
  5. Edit the Host Name fields to match your DreamHost mail server name.
  6. To edit the Incoming/Outgoing ports, UN-check Automatically manage connection settings. The Port field and Use TLS/SSL checkbox then appear.

El Capitan

Editing existing Incoming settings in El Capitan

  1. Open the Apple Mail application by clicking Mail in the top menu bar.
  2. Select the Preferences option. The Accounts page opens:
  3. Here you can edit the incoming server name. View the Email Server name table to ensure you're using the correct server name. It is either imap.dreamhost.com or pop.dreamhost.com.
  4. To edit the port number, click the @ Accounts option in the top bar.
  5. Click the Advanced tab in the upper right.
  6. Edit the incoming Port number and enable/disable SSL by selecting/deselecting the Use SSL box, as needed.

Editing pre-existing SMTP (Outgoing) settings in El Capitan

  1. Open the Apple Mail application by clicking Mail in the top menu bar.
  2. Select the Preferences option. The Accounts page opens:
  3. Click the @ Accounts option in the top bar.
  4. Select your outgoing mail server from the available options within the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) drop-down list. This should be smtp.dreamhost.com.
  5. Click the drop-down again and select Edit SMTP Server List... The Account Information page opens:
  6. Click the Advanced tab.
  7. Edit the incoming SMTP Port number and enable/disable SSL by selecting/deselecting the Use SSL box, as needed.
  8. Make sure 'Password' is selected in the 'Authentication' drop-down.

See also

Internal links

  • Email client configuration overview
  • Email client protocols and port numbers
  • MacMail — Configuring email with Mac OS X Yosemite
  • MacMail — Configuring email with Mac OS X

External links

  • http://www.apple.com/support/mac-apps/mail/ – Apple Mac OS X Mail Support

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