Mac OS X Mail 10.10

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Overview

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This wiki walks you through you through the steps for setting up Apple Mail 8.0 on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

  • Documentation for other versions are listed on the Mac OS X Mail main page.
  • Once you complete the setup, you’ll have an incoming IMAP connection using SSL (without warnings) and an SMTP connection using SSL (without warnings).


How to set up a new Mail account

Step one: Finding your email server

Replace "yourdomain.com" with your actual domain name in the following examples:

  • outgoing – mail.yourdomain.com
  • incoming – mail.yourdomain.com

If mail.yourdomain.com does not work, an alternative is to use servername.mail.dreamhost.com. You can always check what your mail service is by going to your panel and clicking on ‘Account Status’ link in the upper right-hand corner.

You’ll see an entry similar to this:
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So, if your mail server is homiemail-sub4, your hostname would be sub4.homie.mail.dreamhost.com

Note2 icon.png Note: When you set up the first email address under a domain (that is configured to be hosted with us), the DreamHost system automatically creates the necessary hostnames and MX records that are required to process email for that domain. Please also note that if this is your first address on a domain, it may take up to 6hrs for those emails to function.


Step two: Verifying the email user exists in your web panel

Make sure your email user is already set up in the DreamHost Panel by going to (Panel > ‘Mail’ > ‘Manage E-mail’).

You will see your mail user listed on the page:
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Step three: Setting up a new account in Mail

To set up a new account in Mail, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Apple Mail application by clicking Mail in the top menu bar.
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  2. Select the Add Account option.
    The 'Choose a mail account to add...' page opens:
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  3. Select the Add Other Mail Account… option and click the Continue button.
    In this example, we'll use the email address "user@dhwiki.dreamhosters.com":
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  4. Enter the following:
    • Full Name: This is how you'd like your name displayed when sending email.
    • Email Address: This field must contain the full email address
    • Password: This is the password you set up for the email when creating it in your panel.
  5. Click the Create button when finished.
    You should receive notification that the Account must be manually configured:
  6. Click the Next button to proceed to manually configure your email address.
    After you click Next to proceed, the Incoming Mail Server Info Page opens:
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    Note2 icon.png Note: In this example, we will use IMAP as the connection as this is the preferred method of connecting. But, if you wish you can also use POP to connect.


  7. Enter the following settings on the Incoming Mail Server Info page:
    • Account Type: IMAP
    • Mail Server: mail.YOURDOMAIN.COM (replacing YOURDOMAIN.COM with your actual domain name). In this example, mail.dhwiki.dreamhosters.com is shown as the incoming Mail Server.
    • User Name: Your full email address
    • Password: This is the password you set up for the email when creating it in your DreamHost panel.
  8. Click the Next button to proceed.
    After you click Next, you should receive a warning about the mail server certificate:
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  9. Click the Connect button to accept the certificate.
    After you connect, the Outgoing Mail Server Info page opens:
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  10. Enter the following settings on the Outgoing Mail Server Info page:
    • SMTP Server: Use mail.YOURDOMAIN.COM (replacing YOURDOMAIN.COM with your actual domain name as you did previously). In this example, we're using mail.dhwiki.dreamhosters.com.
    • User Name: Your full email address
    • Password: This is the password you set up for the email when creating it in your DreamHost panel.
  11. Click the Create button to create the email address.

Your new email address is now set up and ready to use. You can send a test message to confirm it's working properly.

How to make changes to an existing Mail account

To perform settings changes to a Mail account that you already set up, follow these instructions:

Editing existing Incoming settings

  1. Open the Apple Mail application by clicking Mail in the top menu bar.
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  2. Select the Preferences option.
    The Accounts page opens:
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  3. Click the @ Accounts option in the top bar.
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  4. Click the Advanced tab in the upper right.
  5. Edit the incoming Port number and enable/disable SSL by selecting/deselecting the Use SSL box, as needed.

Editing pre-existing SMTP settings

  1. Open the Apple Mail application by clicking Mail in the top menu bar.
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  2. Select the Preferences option.
    The Accounts page opens:
    11 MacOSX new mail settings - Copy.fw.png
  3. Click the @ Accounts option in the top bar.
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  4. Select your outgoing mail server from the available options within the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) drop-down list.
    After you select an outgoing mail server, the Account Information page opens:
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  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Edit the incoming SMTP Port number and enable/disable SSL by selecting/deselecting the Use SSL box, as needed.

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