Setting up a POP3 or IMAP account ......

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  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    I would like to manage my hotmail and yahoo accounts from my mail application, (the mail application is the one that comes with iLife).

    Someone suggested me that this could be possible using a POP3
    account or an IMAP account.

    I am more inclined to set up IMAP accounts for these as I don't think
    the mail application can set up POP3 accounts, (only the POP ones).

    For the "" account, I have alredy tried by writing the following
    incoming servers:

    mail,, and

    and for the "" account I have already tried with the following incoming server:

    Thank you very much, kind regards,

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you mean Mail? It's coming with the OS and not iLife.

    Yahoo has help section with information regarding the proper POP3 and IMAP settings. Look there for help, as I currently can't recall the proper servers.

    Hotmail should have one too.

    The addresses you tried are for the webmail account and not the actual POP3 or IMAP servers.

    If you can't find anything on the proper pages (Yahoo help or Hotmail help), which I doubt, you can always use a search engine like Yahoo or Google to look for them.

    I myself used Yahoo mail, but only POP3 was allowed. Now I let my Google Mail fetch the Yahoo mail, and Mail (the software) uses the IMAP server for my Google Mail.

    PS: This is quite old (2006), but maybe it helps.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    The Mail program on your Mac can handle both POP and IMAP.

    It's up to whomever is hosting your email as to which protocols that they support.

    IMO, if you have the choice between POP or IMAP, go with IMAP.

    In the US, Hotmail doesn't provide access via either of those industry standard protocols (which really sucks). As a workaround, there's a thread on here that can show you how to have your Hotmail account forward email to a gmail account, and like spinnerlys noted, gmail works great with the Mac's Mail program.
  4. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you for your message : ) !!!

    Should I also forward my yahoo
    "" to my gmail ??

    Thank you, kind regards,

  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    It's your decision. Personally, that's what I do (forward everything to my gmail account). I love gmails spam filtering and I find their webmail interface to be sooo much faster than other services. But that's just me. :)

    The downside to forwarding your accounts to your gmail is that when you respond to an email, it uses your gmail email address as the return email address on the reply you send.

    That's not a big deal for me, but it really bothers some people. If it bothers you, then you might want to look into having the Mail program on your Mac directly connect to your Yahoo mail (using POP or IMAP .. Mail has no problems working with multiple accounts). In the US, you have to pay Yahoo something like $20/year to be able to do, but I know that Yahoo's rules in Europe are different.
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    You can set gmail and mail to have a different "reply to" address. Only outlook shows the gmail address; other email programs hide the fact that it came from gmail (although you can find out if you know where to look).
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Can you do that in Mail if you don't have that email account setup in Mail?

    i.e. can you setup a reply address in Mail of your Hotmail address?
  8. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you for your answers. I think I'll do two different things.

    One, set up the IMAP accounts, however mail has already told me it can't find the "incoming server" for those two accounts.

    What should I do ?? if it doesn't find it ?? I also tried with POP for hotmail and yahoo and it didn't work.

    With regard to mobile me I think I'll just forward the other accounts to mobile me.

    Thank you very much, kind regards,


    I think for mobile me

    When I go to set it up and it asks me for the incoming mail server, I have tried all of the following:

    it tells me that:

    The mail server for your external IMAP account cannot be reached. Make
    What should I write then ?? Please give me some advice !!!

    Thank you very much,

  9. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Please pay no attention to the second part of my previous message, it was a "rough draft" that helped me to write the first part.

    thank you,


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