Set Up Mail Account - Mac

These instructions tell you how to set up your Gmail account using the Apple Mail application.

Remove Exchange Account

If you do not know how to remove your exchange account, please see our instructions for how to Remove Exchange Account in Mail for Mac.

Open Mail

  • Open the 'Mail' application.

Choose Mail Provider

  1. Select your email account provider. (For OC emails, Choose Google)
  2. Click Continue

Email Address

  1. Enter your email address
  2. Click Next

Log In

  1. Enter your OC username
  2. Enter your OC password
  3. Click Log In

App Selection

  1. Select which applications you would like to have access to your email account.
  2. Click Done


  • You have successfully set up Apple Mail.

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    Nick Sayre

    After the "Incoming Mail Server" dialogue box, I was prompted for info on a dialogue box labeled "Outgoing Mail Server". I'm in mail 5.2 for OS X Lion (10.7.4) The "Outgoing Mail Security" dialogue box then did not show for me.

    Under "Outgoing Mail Server" I put

    Then I checked "User Authentication" and made sure my email address and password were set.

    Without this step, I couldn't have sent mail!

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    Angi Lovejoy

    What Nick describes happened to me too. But something's still not right. Erg.

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    Chelsea Kritz

    We've revised the answer to reflect an easier process to adding your account. 

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    David Jurney

    It will only find the old exchange account. What should I do?

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    You can always hold down the "option/alt" key after you put in your username and password while you click the "Continue" button to set it up manually if the automatic setup isn't working.

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