what is an Incoming Mail Server?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by AP_piano295, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2005
    When I try to set up a mail account and during the account settup it asks for you to put down an incoming mail server. What is that?
  2. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    It's just what it sounds like it is. This is the server where your incoming mail is stored until you pick it up. The address will usually be in the format "mail.adomain.com". If your ISP and your e-mail address domains are the same, your outgoing mail server will usually be in the format "smtp.adomain.com". If your domain (assuming you own one) is hosted elsewhere, the outgoing mail server generally has to be your ISP's outgoing mail server, e.g., "smtp.myisp.com" and your incoming mail server will be "mail.mydomain.com."

    Does that make sense?

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