One of the many things you are asked to do when you first set up your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad is to provide an e-mail address. Your device will then use its Wi-Fi or cellular data network connection to periodically check that address for new messages. If you ever need to add an additional address to your device, or need to change the address to a new one, you have to do so within the main “Settings” application. The necessary window may be a bit hard to find, but the entire process won’t take more than a few minutes of your time. Here’s how you can quickly add an email account to iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
How to Add an Email Account to iPhone iPod Touch or iPad
Locate the “Settings” application on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. The “Settings” application is the one you use to connect to wireless networks, manage your brightness and wallpaper settings and more. Tap the grey icon reading “Settings” one time to open the application on your device.
Scroll through the “Settings” menu until you find the entry labeled “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.” Tap the listing for the entry one time to open the utility on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad that lets you manage all of your e-mail settings.
Tap the option reading “Add Account” from the bottom of the screen. Choose your e-mail service provider from the list of options that appears. For example, if you are trying to add an e-mail account that you have with Microsoft’s Hotmail service, tap the icon reading “Microsoft Hotmail” from the list on screen.
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Fill in the boxes on screen with the appropriate information for the account you are trying to add. Type the actual e-mail address of the account into the box labeled “E-Mail.” Type the password for that account into the box labeled “Password.” Your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad will need this password to access the account and allow you to send and retrieve new messages. Type a description for the account into the box labeled “Description.” The description is purely for your own benefit. Use a description that allows you to remember exactly what the account in question represents. If you are adding a new work account, for example, you might use the description “Work.”
Tap the button labeled “Next” to continue. Your Apple device will use the information you provided to verify and access the account. When this process is finished, use the screen that appears to finalize any settings that you want your device to use in association with the account. Tap the “Add Account” button one last time to finish adding the new e-mail account to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.
Although email accounts don’t require a fast internet connection to use, Wes recommends running an internet speed test, especially if you have trouble accessing emails that contain large files.