An SMTP server is a mail server that uses the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol to send and receive email messages. The SMTP protocol is the standard for sending and receiving email messages, and an outgoing and incoming mail server uses it. Learn more about what is SMTP and how it works here.
In this article, we will show you how to find out what your SMTP mail server is. You can then use it as your incoming and outgoing server.
How to Find My SMTP Settings in My Email Client
SMTP for Apple Mail
You can find your SMTP settings by opening the Mail app and selecting the Preferences menu. Under the Accounts tab, select your account, then click on the Account Information button.
Your SMTP server settings will be listed in the outgoing mail server section. Apple Mail will typically use the same settings as your incoming mail server, but you may need to check with your email provider if unsure.
Once you’ve added an account, click “Server Settings”, and select the appropriate outgoing mail account.
After locating your SMTP server settings, you can click on “Edit SMTP server List” and enter the correct settings for your client.
SMTP for Outlook
Open Outlook and go to File > Account Settings > Account Settings.
Next, select the email account you want to modify and click Change. Under the Server Settings tab, you will find the information needed to modify Outlook’s SMTP server details.
Make sure the “Outgoing mail server (SMTP)” field is set to “smtp-mail.outlook.com” and that the SMTP “Port” is set to 587.
Once these changes have been made, click Save and close the Account Settings window.
SMTP Server Settings for Gmail
To find the SMTP server for Gmail, first open your Gmail account. Then click on the gear icon in the top right hand corner and select “See all settings.” This will open up advanced settings. Next, click on the “Accounts and Import” tab.
Under the “Send mail as:” section, click on “Add another email address.”
Enter in your full email address, and then the password for your email account.
Finally, under the “SMTP Server” section, enter the Gmail SMTP server address “smtp.gmail.com” and then click on “Add Account.” Your SMTP server for Gmail is now set up and you can start sending emails.
To receive your Gmail client emails in another account, use the following settings:
Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): imap.gmail.com
Requires SSL: Yes
Display Name: Your name
Gmail SMTP Username: your Gmail account ([email protected])
Gmail SMTP Password: your Gmail password
To make sure that you receive emails from Gmail’s server, go to settings, click on the “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” tab, and enable IMAP in the “IMAP access” section.
SMTP settings for the most common email providers
There are several methods to figure out your SMTP server name. The most frequent carriers are listed below, and if you’re using a particular local or obscure service that isn’t included in the list, check its website.
If you still can’t send email, check out our guide to fix sending issues.
SMTP Servers for Businesses
You should also keep in mind that only a professional SMTP server can guarantee that all of your emails are delivered successfully. Free outbound servers like those linked to Gmail and Hotmail are not designed for bulk email delivery in general.
If you’re looking for a professional SMTP to send bulk and transaction emails, with both an outgoing and incoming server, check out the best free SMTP servers, Amazon SES alternatives, and SendGrid Alternatives here.
Wrap-up: Find your SMTP Server
SMTP is the backbone of email. It’s what allows you to send and receive emails from different email clients, whether on your computer or on your phone. By understanding how SMTP works and configuring an SMTP server, you’ll be able to keep in touch with all your contacts.
Now that you know your SMTP server, how to find it, and how to send and receive emails from different email clients, we hope you feel more comfortable using email for business communications.