How to add a self-hosted email account in iOS [Tip]

Do you know how to add a self-hosted email account to an iOS device? Everyone knows it is not difficult to set up an email account on your iPad or iPhone if your email account is Gmail, Yahoo, or iCloud account. But, adding a self-hosted email account to an iOS device is not easy for many. Here, we will show you how to do this for your iOS device.

What is It?

These don’t not fall into the category of a normal email account that you get with Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. In order to get a self-hosted email account you need to have a registered custom domain name and then you will have an email account where you can send and receive emails, for example: This gives you control over the mail in your private domain. Just be sure that the people you want to correspond with add your domain name to their contacts, so that your emails don’t go to the junk file. You also need to add the email account to your own devices.

Adding a Self-Hosted Email Account to your iOS Device

To add a self-hosted email account to your iOS device, you need to first open the “Home” page on your screen. From there, move to “Settings.” In the settings screen, you can see an option called “Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.” Tap on it, and from the next screen tap on the option, “Add Accounts.”

Here, you can see all the email account options. Now, tap on the option “Other.” From the email account section, tap on the option “Add Mail Account.” You will see a New Account window popup. There, enter the details like Name, Email Account, Description and Password and tap on the Next button.

In the following screen, you can setup your email id making use of either POP (Post Office Protocol) or IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol). It is better to choose IMAP. Enter the details such as User Name, Host Name, and Password in the field “Incoming Mail Server.” After entering the details, you need to give the same details in the Outgoing Mail Server section also. You can get the incoming and outgoing mail server details from the company that has provided you space to host the website. After completing the entries tab, click on the “Next” button to move to the next screen.

In the “IMAP” box, enter the details of what you need to sync in your iPad or iPhone and then touch the “Save” button.  You will see that the new self-hosted email account has been added successfully under Accounts.

Changing the Settings of the Self-Hosted Email Account on a iOS Device

For changing the account settings, you need to tap on “Accounts.” From the “IMAP,” tap on “Accounts” and tap on the option “Advanced.” In the deleted messages section, tap on the option “Remove,” where you can set the time frame your message should remain in the server even after you have deleted it. You can choose whatever option you desire from the drop down option. After the changes are made, tap again on “Advanced” to close the window and tap on the “Done” option. That’s it. You have successfully added a self-hosted email account to an iOS device.


Adding a self-hosted email account to an iOS device may not be as easy as adding an ordinary email account. But, if you’re ready to spend some time on it, you can learn it quickly.

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