How To Modify an Existing Email Account on an iPhone or iPad

If you’ve already set up your email account on your device and need to update the password, want to switch between non-SSL and SSL settings, or need to change the port settings, you can easily edit the account from within the Settings app.

Note: You cannot edit an existing email account to switch its account type from POP to IMAP or vice versa. To change the account type, you must add a new account of the desired type (POP or IMAP) per the Adding a new email account.

Step #1: Launch Settings

If you have re-arranged your home screen and Settings is not readily visible, you may swipe right and begin typing “Settings” into the search field to launch the app.

Step #2: Open the Email Account

  1. In the Settings app, navigate to Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Tap the account name to view the account.

Step #3: Open Account Settings

On the main screen for your email account, tap on the email address near the top of the screen next to Account to access the account’s settings. From there, you will be able to edit the incoming and outgoing server settings as well as update the account password and port information.

Step #4: Edit Account Settings

A. Incoming Mail Server setup

You can change the account description, connection method, and update the password from the Account settings window.

  • Description: The name displayed for the account in Mail.
  • Host Name:
  • User Name is your full email address.
  • Password is the email account’s password.

B. Connection Type and Port Configuration

Tapping on Advanced from the Account panel will open the advanced menu, where you can switch between SSL and non-SSL settings and edit the incoming mail port if necessary.

  • Use SSL:  toggled off.
  • Authentication: should be set to Password.
  • Server Port setting is dependent on your connection type:
    • IMAP port is 143.
    • POP port is 110.

C. Outgoing Mail Server setup

Outgoing server settings are configured from the Account screen. Tap Account in the top-left corner to go back to it, and then tap the server name under Outgoing Mail Server to bring up the SMTP page.

On the mail server page, tap on the name of your mail server to access its settings.

  • Host Name:
  • User Name is your full email address
  • Password is the email account’s password.
  • Use SSL switch: switched off.
  • Authentication should be set to Password.
  • Server Port should be set to 587.

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