Apple Mail 10.5 IMAP Settings

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IMAP Mail Setup in Mac OS X 10.5

This tutorial will show you how to set up the built-in mail program, "Mail," specifically version 3.2.

  • Upon opening Mail for the first time, you will be prompted to configure it to retrieve your email.
  • You will be prompted for some general information about your email.
    1. Enter your full name in the "Full Name" field.
    2. Enter your Sonic.net email address in the "Email Address" field.
    3. Enter the password for your Sonic.net account in the "Password" field.
    4. For more detailed information about each of these fields, click on the "?" button in the lower-left corner of this window.

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  • You will be prompted for information regarding the retrieval of new mail..
    1. Select "IMAP" as your "Account Type."
    2. Enter whatever you would like to for "Description."
    3. Enter "imap.sonic.net" in the "Incoming Mail Server" field.
    4. Enter your Sonic.net login name in the "User Name" field. Note that for this purpose, your login name should be in lower-case.
    5. Enter the password associated with your Sonic.net account in the "Password" field. Note that Sonic.net's mail servers are case-sensitive.
    6. For more detailed information about each of these fields, click on the "?" button in the lower-left corner of this window.

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  • Sonic.net recommends the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) when available.

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  • You will be prompted for information regarding the sending of outbound mail.
    1. Enter "mail.sonic.net" in the "Outgoing Mail Server" field.
    2. Check the box labeled "Use Authentiation."
    3. Enter your Sonic.net login name in the "User Name" field. Note that for this purpose, your login name should be in lower-case.
    4. Enter the password associated with your Sonic.net account in the "Password" field. Note that Sonic.net's mail servers are case-sensitive.
    5. For more detailed information about each of these fields, click on the "?" button in the lower-left corner of this window.

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  • Again, Sonic.net recommends the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) when available.

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  • You will be prompted to confirm your mail server settings. Please double-check the following values:
  • Incoming Mail Server should display "imap.sonic.net," with SSL on.
  • Outgoing Mail Server should display "mail.sonic.net," with SSL on.

Account Summary

You have now configured your Macintosh's mail client to send and receive mail through Sonic.net.

IMAP Mail Settings in Mac OS X 10.5

This tutorial will show you the required IMAP settings for your mail account within OS X's built-in mail program, Mail. The version used to make this tutorial is version 3.2.

Once you've opened Mail, click on the menu labeled "Mail," and select "Preferences."

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Next, you're presented with a window which contains three tabs, "Account Information, "Mailbox Behaviors," and "Advanced." First, let's look at the "Account Information" tab.


Account Information

  • The "Account type" was determined when you set up the account. You cannot change it unless you delete this account and create a new one. The account type is "IMAP."
  • "Description" can be whatever you like, but it is recommended that you use something descriptive. This is just the description listed in Mail's list of email accounts.
  • "Email Address" should be your Sonic.net email address.
  • "Full Name" can be your name, or whatever text you'd like to be seen as your name when you send email.
  • "Incoming Mail Server" should be "imap.sonic.net"
  • "User Name" should be your Sonic.net login name
  • "Password" is the password for your Sonic.net login name.

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Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP)

You can edit the Outgoing Mail Server by opening the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) pull-down menu, selecting "Edit server list," then selecting the "Advanced" tab.

  • "The "Server Name" should be "mail.sonic.net"
  • "The "Server port" should be "465," with "Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) checked.
  • Authentication should be "password" and the "User Name" and "Password" should be your Sonic.net username and password.

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Advanced

  • "Enable this account" means that you will be able to send and receive mail from this group of mail settings.
  • "Include this account when automatically checking for new mail" means exactly what it says.
  • The "Keep copies of messages for offline viewing" pull-down menu is strictly optional. Storing copies locally on your Macintosh will use additional disk resources, but can allow you to read your mail when not connected to the Internet.
  • SSL is required, so the default port will be 993.
  • Authentication should be set to "Password."
  • Use IDLE command if the server supports it" should be checked.

For more information about the behavior of each of these advanced options, click on the "?" button in the lower-right corner of this window.

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