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Setting up email on an Android Tablet

Occasionally I have clients who need assistance setting up email on n Android tablet, so I wanted to give a quick walk-through on how to do so for most devices.  These steps may not be 100% the same on all devices or versions of Android, but give it a try.

  1.  Start the Email app.
    Look for it in the Apps drawer.
    If you haven’t yet run the Email app, the first screen you see is Account Setup.
    If you’ve run the Email app before, you see the Email inbox and you’re done.
  2. Type the e-mail address you plan to use for the account.
  3. Type the password for that account.
  4. Touch the Next button.
    If you’re lucky (i.e., you just used Google/Gmail for the email), everything is connected and you can move on to Step 5.
    Otherwise, you have to specify the details as provided by your ISP, including the incoming and outgoing server information, often known by the bewildering acronyms POP3 and SMTP. Move through the steps on the screen, although the tablet really just wants to know the incoming and outgoing server names.
    Your ISP most likely has a support web page for setting up e-mail accounts. An example of these settings may look something like this:

    Username: youremail@yourdomain.com  (obviously "yourdomain.com" would actually be whatever your domain is, so replace this appropriately)
    IMAP Port: 143
    POP3 Port: 110
    Password: whateverYourPasswordIs
    Incoming Server: mail.yourdomain.com
    Outgoing Server: mail.yourdomain.com
    POP3 Port: 110

    If there is a box for “Authentication is required for IMAP, POP3, and SMTP” then click it.
  5. Set the account options on the aptly named Account Options screen.
    If the account will be your main e-mail account, place a check mark next to the Send Email from This Account By Default option.
  6. Touch the Next button.
  7. Give the account a name and check your own name.
    The account is given the name of the mail server, which may not ring a bell when you receive your e-mail.
    The Your Name field lists your name as it’s applied to outgoing messages. So if your name is really, say, Bill Gates and not billybob, you can make that change now.
  8. Touch the Next or Done button.
  9. Smile and jump up and down: you’re done.

 

 

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