Configuring e-mail service in your mobile device

Every mobile device come in with an e-mail service setup from the manufacturer and by mobile Operating System. In addition, you can configure your device to send and receive standard e-mail too.

Standard settings

The giant three, iOS, Android, and Windows all of them offer their respective e-mail clients. iOS devices are integrated with their iCloud service. This is a one-stop shop for all of Appleā€™s e-mail, messages, and online storage. On the other hand, Android devices typically assume you have a Gmail account and they provide a Gmail option from the manufacturer. Windows devices offer to exchange online e-mail options.

ISP e-mail configuration

Aside from these commercial e-mail service providers, your mobile devices have an option to set up a corporate ISP e-mail configuration too. The process is the same as setting up an e-mail account. Apple devices let you set up one by their settings app > passwords and Accounts option. You need to tap the add account option which will bring up the default e-mail options. If you need to connect to Microsoft Exchange Server-based e-mail account, tap the right option here and type in your e-mail address, domain, user name, password, and description. If you do not see the e-mail type you want to use, tap the other options and set up your e-mail type accordingly.

Android-based devices expect a Gmail account and provide the app for you. They can also connect to another non-Gmail e-mail service. For setting up Exchange, POP3, and IMAP4 accounts, you simply need to configure the same way you would do on a desktop e-mail application, which expects a port number and security types like SSL or TSL, that is in case, the server does not provide auto-configuration.

Protocols and port numbers

Even though modern smartphones provide auto-configuration, if you are getting into the world of tech, you need to know the e-mail protocols and port numbers. If you are not familiar with them, you might want to learn more about them.

Here is a quick scoop on them in case you need to brush up on these TCP ports.

  • POP3 is used on TCP port 110
  • IMAP4 on TCP 143
  • SMTP on TCP 25

Many of these servers typically block these default ports. Also, when you move on to more secured versions of these protocols, you need to use other port numbers. In case you need to know about the secure port number for POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP, here they are:

  • Secure POP3 on TCP port 995
  • Secure IMAP4 on TCP port 993
  • Secure SMTP on TCP 465/ 587

If you need to use these secure ports, you may need to tweak some other settings as well, such as the Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) standard. This was previously used to configure the digital signatures settings for your e-mail and contacts out of your corporate address book, although, depends on how your corporate e-mail server is set up.