One of the major changes in Mac Lion is the default integration of major email services. Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, Hotmail, and other major webmail providers have built-in functionality, as they are streamlined for OS X 10.7. There are some times, however, when you may not want to use Lion’s built-in email setup. In today’s post, we will review how to manually add email accounts in Lion.

By navigating the path Finder > Applications > System Preferences > Mail, Contacts & Calendars, you can view a full list of the major email providers that Lion supports.

Lion E mail Address Support

If your email provider is not listed, you may need to manually setup an email account. The Mail app may not auto recognize your email provider, so you may need POP3 or SMTP info for manual setup. To get started, launch the Mail app by clicking on it in the dock, or by navigating Finder > Applications > Mail.


With Mail open and active on screen, click Mail > Preferences. Click the + button on the Mail Preferences screen to begin adding a new email account. This should bring you to the Add Account window. On the first screen, you will need to enter your Email Address and Password. After you have done that, click the Continue button.

Mail add account

If Mail detected the settings for your email account, you should be good to go, as the rest of the process is pretty much automated.

However, the Mail app may display the spinning wheel, but not find the server settings for your email account. In this case, you will need to manually setup the account, but, clicking the Continue button does not allow you to do that.

Instead, click the Cancel button to cancel the account creation. This time, click the Continue button again, but also hold down the option key.

This will bring you to the manual setup, where you can configure the details for your email account.

Manual Email Apple

That’s all there is to it. Simply enter the settings for the incoming and outgoing mail servers, and your email account should be added to Apple Mail.