How do I set up Apple Mail to read my email?
(If you have trouble with this automatic method, we also have instructions for manually configuring Apple Mail, although it takes longer.)
Automatically configuring Apple Mail using a profile
The easiest way to configure Apple Mail is to add a new “profile” for your address.
After you enter your email address in the box above, this page will show you a link to download a file to your computer.
Open that file, and your Mac will show you this screen:
Click Continue. Your Mac will then ask you to enter your full name (the name that others see your mail as being “From”, such as “Joan of Arc” or “Philip J. Fry”), and your email password:
After adding the profile, start the Mail program. You should be able to send and receive mail for firstname.lastname@example.org (try sending yourself a test message to make sure it works).
By the way, if you ever want to remove this profile from your Mac in the future, you can do so in System Preferences.
If you’re having trouble with Apple Mail, try restarting your computer as a first step. If that doesn’t work, the Mail Connection Doctor can provide useful information that will help you (or us) troubleshoot the problem.
Why does the Mail program say “Profile installation failed: This account already exists”?
You can find the cause of this message by choosing Internet Accounts from the Mail program’s Mail menu.
The address may be listed in there as a separate mail address, in which case you can simply delete that item (assuming you want to start again).
If it’s not listed separately, it’s probably listed as part of the “iCloud” settings, where your iCloud account uses the same email address that you’re trying to set up:
Unchecking the “Mail” box in the “iCloud” section will solve that.
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