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How To Setup Email Account - Client Setup SSL/TLS Settings - POP & IMAP

Once you've created an email account, you can access and manage your mailbox by setting up an email client on your desktop or mobile device. This article explains what configuration settings you should use and links to our setup guides for the most common email clients.

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This article provides settings for Professional Cloud Email and for cPanel Email. 

Email Application Settings

Your email application can be set up to retrieve emails from the email server using two different protocols: IMAP or POP. The protocol you'll use mostly depends on how many devices you'll use to access your email.

IMAP For incoming mail, this is for people who access their email on multiple devices or if multiple users access the same account. When you read, reply, delete, forward, or otherwise manage your email, the changes are made on the server and sync with your webmail and other IMAP-connected email clients. IMAP is limited to 20 connections per IP address, which shouldn't be an issue for most users.
POP Use POP to download and remove your email from the server and store it on your device. It's a great option if you want to manage your email through one main interface, frequently manage your email offline, or need more storage space than your mail server allows. Only use POP if you want to access your email from one device.

Your outgoing mail server uses SMTP settings. SMTP, which stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, is a set of communication guidelines that allow the software to transmit email over the Internet. Most email software is designed to use SMTP for communication purposes when sending an email that only works for outgoing messages.

Also, we highly recommend securing your email connection using the Secure (with SSL) settings. These settings enable an SSL email certificate to encrypt the connection between your email client and the mail server to ensure that your mail is private and cannot be read by anyone but the intended recipient. Some networks don't permit SSL connections, so we've listed the standard settings.

Professional Cloud Email

Secure SSL/TLS Settings (Required)

Username Your email address: [email protected]
Password The password for that email account.
Incoming Server
Incoming Port 993 (IMAP)
Outgoing Server smtp.oxcs.bluehost.com
Outgoing Port 587 (SMTP)
Authentication Password


cPanel Email

Secure SSL/TLS Settings (Recommended)

Username Your email address: [email protected]
Password The password for that email account.
Incoming Server example.com*
Incoming Port 993 (IMAP) or 995 (POP3)
Outgoing Server example.com*
Outgoing Port 465 (SMTP)
Authentication Password

Replace example.com with your domain name.

Standard (without SSL/TLS) Settings

Username Your email address: [email protected]
Password The password for that email account.
Incoming Server mail.example.com*
Incoming Port 143 (IMAP) or 110 (POP3)
Outgoing Server mail.example.com*
Outgoing Port 26 (SMTP)
Authentication Password

Replace example.com with your domain name.

Here is an example walkthrough of accessing the email settings in your account.

  1. Log in to your control panel.
  2. Click the Email & Office tab from the side navigation to the left.
    Dropdown menu for 'Email & Office' highlighted, with options for Google Workspace and cPanel Email, under a 'Websites' tab.
  3. Choose the cPanel Email tab and choose the Email Accounts option then click Continue.
    Bluehost interface showing 'Email Accounts' in cPanel Email menu with 'Continue' button.
  4. Click the Connect Devices to access the email settings.

Email Client Setup Guides

The setup process is different for each email client. Many support Autodiscover, which automatically detects some or all the required server settings from your username and password. Click on a link from the lists below for a step-by-step tutorial for your email client.

Mobile Apps

Desktop Clients

Additional Resources

If you have any trouble configuring your email client, double-check the settings you've entered. You should also make sure your domain name is pointed to Bluehost. If your domain isn't registered with Bluehost, you may need to update your domain's name servers. For more information on this, refer to Bluehost Name Servers.


Even though email configuration could appear complicated at first, with the right help and some practice, you can easily setup your email account like a pro.

The guidelines on how to setup email account can help anyone who wants to use email in a more safe and effective manner.

If you want an email address that reflects your brand, consider using a professional email service. It allows you to easily create email accounts that match your domain

You can level up your email experience through a more secured inbox, with easy calendar integration, and more.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us via Chat or Phone:

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You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.

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