How to Setup Mail on Mac for OS X 10.6.x - 10.9.x with IMAP? Print

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Assuming that you have created an email address on your cPanel, please follow below steps in order to configure your email address on Mac OS X 10.6.x - 10.9.x.


Open Apple Mail

  • Open Mail from your dock or open the program from the Applications folder.

Enter general information

  • The Mail Setup window appears the first time you set up Mail.
    • Note: For Mac OS 10.6.x, enter your full name, e-mail address, and AD username and password at this step. If "searching for mail servers..." takes more than a minute, click Cancel, and then click Continue.
  • Select IMAP as your Account Type.
  • Enter the name you want to call the account in the Account Description field.
  • Enter your Full Name and E-mail Address in their relevant fields.
  • Click Continue.

Enter incoming server information

  • Enter in the Incoming Mail Server field.
    • Note: For Mac OS 10.6.x, also choose IMAP for Account Type, and enter a description for this account.
  • Enter your AD User Name (the part of your UCSD e-mail address before the @ symbol) and Password in the relevant fields.
  • Click Continue. Mail connects to the incoming mail server to verify your settings.

Enter outgoing server information

  • Select from the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) drop-down menu.
  • Check Use Authentication, and enter your AD username and password.
  • Click Continue.

Finish mail setup

  • Verify your information in the Account Summary window.
  • Click Continue.

Open preferences

  • Select Preferences from the main Mail menu.

Enter advanced settings

  • Select Accounts.
  • Select the account you wish to modify from the Accounts list.
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Select Enable this account, if not already selected.
  • Leave the rest of the fields at their default settings.

Configure SSL for send and receive

  • Select Preferences from the main Mail menu. With SSL, your computer communicates with UCSD's mail server over an encrypted channel.
  • Select the account you wish to modify from the Accounts list.
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Click Use SSL. The port number changes automatically from 143 to 993.
  • Set the Authentication field to Password.

Open the Server Settings window

  • Click the Account Information tab.
  • Click the up/down arrow next to Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP).
  • Click Edit Server List...

Add or modify a server

  • Click the + sign to add a new server, or double click on the current server to modify or verify settings.
  • Enter in the Server Name field.

Edit Advanced settings

  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Select Use default ports (25,465,587).
  • Select Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
  • Select Password from the drop-down menu next to Authentication.
  • Enter your AD username and password in the relevant fields.
  • Click OK, then close the window.

Verify the server's identity

  • Download the certificate to your desktop.
    • Firefox customers: Hold down the control key and click the hyperlink. Choose Save link and save to your desktop.

Note: SSL protocol uses certificates to verify the server's identity. UCSD uses self-signed certificates. Every time you open the Mail program, it prompts you to verify the server's authenticity until you add the certificate to your system-wide keychain.

  • Double-click the new digicert.crt file on your desktop.
  • For Leopard (OS 10.5.x), select X509 Anchors from the Keychain drop-down menu when the Add Certificates window appears.
  • For Snow Leopard (OS 10.6.x), the DigiCert.crt file will automatically be entered into Keychain Access.
    • Double click DigiCert Security Service CA in Keychain Access.
    • Click on the right arrow next to Trust.
    • Select Always Trust in the drop-down menu next to "When using this certificate."
  • Click OK to finish.
  • Close and restart Mail.

Verify your settings

  • Select Preferences from the main Mail menu.
  • Select the account you wish to verify or change the Accounts list.
  • Verify your e-mail address and name.
  • Verify the Incoming and Outgoing Mail Servers.
  • Verify the User Name and Password.
  • Close the window.

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