The iPad comes with Mail, an email management program already built in and ready to use, and available from the Home Screen. You have to tell Mail about your email accounts before you can use it, though, including your email address, password, and associated settings, and you need to test the email accounts you configure to make sure they’re working properly. It’s notable that Mail integrates with several types of email almost seamlessly, including Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL (America Online), and MobileMe, as well as Microsoft Exchange accounts, which are used in larger enterprises.
This helps make the setup for these types of accounts a simple and generally flawless task. Mail also allows you to configure email accounts from Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Time Warner, Comcast, Verizon, and other various email providers, although setting up these accounts you’ve acquired from schools, business, and other various email providers, although setting up these accounts sometimes takes a little more effort than the supported email accounts previously mentioned.
Once your email addresses are configured, you’re ready to use Mail. Of course, you’ll need to be within range of a wireless hotspot or your home network, or you’ll need a data plan from a service provider like AT&T if you’re out of their range to send and receive mail, but you knew that!
You can’t receive new email unless you can connect to the Internet.
So without further ado, let’s get your iPad email address configured, send a few test emails, and then focus on what you need to know to use EMail on iPad.
Managing Your iPad EMail Account
The iPad EMail app that comes with your iPad is a nice email program that makes the most of the iPad’s two orientations: In portrait mode, you see a big version of the current message, complete with embedded photos and other media. In landscape mode, you get a two pane view that shows your Inbox Messages in one pane and the current message in the other pane. Landscape mode is great for composing messages because you get the huge keyboard and nice, big compose window.
The iPad EMail app also has a few features and settings that make it ideal for doing email away from your desk. First, however, you have to setup your iPad with one or more email accounts.
iPad EMail Setup
As mentioned in the introduction, you need to tell Mail about your email addresses. If you’re used to setting up email accounts on a computer, this is a little different. While you can set up your first email account in the Mail Program easily, if you want to set up a second or third account, you’ll want to do that in Settings.
Mail knows the configuration settings for several types of accounts. So, it’s generally best to type in the most basic information, and see if the iPad and Mail can do the rest. Before you start, make sure you’re within range of and can connect to a Wi-Fi or 3G network.
Here are some things you might want to know to get started:
- Configure Web-Based Email Account
- Configure POP3 EMail Account
- Best Way To Manage Your EMail
- Configure Mail Setting on iPad