An Explanation Of Apple Mac Mail Usage

A List Of Common UK ISP POP3 E-Mail Settings

In this section I have composed a "Quick List/Reference" of POP (POP3) E-Mail Settings for use with the applications called Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook. The settings, which focus on broadband/tv/internet companies BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin settings, mean you need to be a member of one of those companies in order to set up and use your private/busines/website e-mail accounts (e-mail addresses) on your home/business devices; using their servers to perform your e-mail tasks.

The e-mail settings below are specifically for the Apple Mail application TABs (i.e. the ADVANCED Tab / mini window) in terms of their setting names. Meaning: Just look up a setting below and you will see its common, required, entry in the Mail application. So if you lookup the setting called Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) for example, you will notice that BT use mail.btinternet.com whereas Virgin use smtp.virginmedia.com. On top of this BT might use mail.btopenworld.com for older customers with broadband packages from years ago.

I have not concentrated on IMAP settings, only POP3 settings, because this section is more for those who like a copy of their e-mails on the ISP's server as well as a downloaded copy on their own computer. With this being said: Many ISPs these days don't like you to untick the setting called 'Remove Copy From Server After Retrieving A Message', probably because they are tight-fisted with their storage allowance?

Either way, don't let this put you off - If you want to use that setting so that you can keep a copy of your valuable e-mails on their server then go ahead and remove the tick next to it (untick it). I, personally, always use it (untick it) simply because you don't know what will happen to your computer one day. At least with that setting unticked you know you have a backup copy on your ISPs server (computer).

E-Mail Settings BT Yahoo Sky TalkTalk Virgin
Account Information
Enable This Account Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked
Account Type POP3 POP3 POP3 POP3
Description John (BT) John (Sky) John (TalkTalk) John (Virgin)
E-Mail Address johncairns@btinternet.com johncairns@sky.com johncairns@talktalk.net john.cairns@virginmedia.com
Full Name John Cairns John Cairns John Cairns John Cairns
Incoming Mail Server mail.btinternet.com pop.tools.sky.com mail.talktalk.net pop3.virginmedia.com
Username johncairns@btinternet.com johncairns@sky.com johncairns@talktalk.net john.cairns@virginmedia.com
Password Hmm!!! Hmm!!! Hmm!!! Hmm!!!
Outgoing Mail (SMTP) mail.btinternet.com smtp.tools.sky.com smtp.talktalk.net smtp.virginmedia.com
Use Only This Server Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked
TLS Certificate None None None None
POP3 Settings
Port 995 993 995 995
Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked
Authentication Password Password Password Password
SMTP Settings
Use Custom Port 465 465 587 465
Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked
Authentication Password Password None Password
Username johncairns@btinternet.com johncairns@sky.com john.cairns@virginmedia.com
Password Hmm!!! Hmm!!! Hmm!!!
Where I Found These Settings Official Web Page Official Web Page Official Web Page Official Web Page

Another reason for only putting common, up-to-date, settings in this section is because at this time Carphone Warehouse own many of the previous big companies such as Tiscali, Onetel and AOL UK. Meaning, these customers will eventually be switched over to TalkTalk. So with the three major Broadband ISPs (BT, TalkTalk and Virgin) dominating the UK market it makes no sense to list old, out-of-date, e-mail settings.

NOTE - Depending on which 'e-mail settings' websites you get your information from, you may need to try 995 or 993 as the Outgoing SMTP setting.


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