How To Access Your Webmail From Gmail
The general objective here is to set up Gmail to retrieve email from another email address on any other services provider. On the next tutorial, I'll also cover how to send email through Gmail from any other program.
What is an email service provider?
An email service provider is anyone that is providing email services such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, HotMail, AOL and the like. As well as small business entities such as web host companies. For a more comprehensive list of free email service providers click here.
Benefits of checking email from other accounts using Gmail.
Having to force yourself to learn a new email interface can be very hard, especially when you factor in multiple clients, and for the simple fact that there isn't anything wrong with the client you already have. Clearly, then, checking emails from one centralize location is much more efficient. Personally this is what I do as well, and recommend my clients do.
How long is this going to take!
Which email service do you use?
Yes yes I know you didn't come here to hear me ramble about what I do or do not recommend, yet if I don't ramble at least a little bit, my word count wont be as high, and I'd run the risk of being moderated for sounding overly promotional. So, on that note, let's take a short poll to find out which email client you people of the HubPages prefer.
That was fun, wasn't it? All the times we had. I like polls? Don you like polls? But I digress. So, where were we?
How to fetch mail from other accounts (using POP3)
POP who? Whatcha talkin bout David? POP3 stands for Post Office Protocol. Wo wo wo. Slow it down slow it down. Oh sorry! My bad! POP3 is that thingy that holds and receives your email before you pick it up. Think of it like the post office, only better, faster, cheaper and not as crazy crowded. Likewise, just as there are a lot of post offices, each POP3 mail server also has a unique address, and you'll need to get that from your hosting company. No seriously! I'll wait here, you go get it.
Now that you know you need to get that thingy to make the other thingy work. Here is what you must do.
Step 1: Open your Gmail, and hit on that little gear thingyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step 2: Select SettingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step 3: Open the Accounts and Import tab ( 4th from the left )Click thumbnail to view full-size
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Step 4: Scroll down just a bit and click Add a POP3 mail account you ownClick thumbnail to view full-size
Step 5: Enter the email address of the account to get email fromClick thumbnail to view full-size
Last Step: Enter the mail login credentials, and check the box Always use secure connection (SSL)Click thumbnail to view full-size
Next, click Add Account. AND THAT'S IT! Congratulations your mail account has been added. You can now retrieve mail through Gmail, and you are now free to move about the cabin. If you are still having trouble please [removed: go away and leave me alone] leave me a comment or click here and pop to Google's own troubleshooter page.