We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
2,862 Tutorials

How to set up email on an Android smartphone

A step by step guide to sorting email out on your Android device

If you want to setup email on your Android smartphone or tablet then follow these simple steps.

The process may vary slightly from phone to phone because of different Android versions and user interface overlays. Our tutorial has been done on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

See also: Android advisor.

Firstly head to the app menu and find the email app, typically called 'email'. On first use it will prompt you to add an email account. If you want to add another account then head to the settings of the email app and hit 'Add Account'.

Android email account setup

Start by entering an existing email address and password. In our case we've added a Googlemail account but others are supported such as Exchange and Hotmail.

Android email account Gmail

Next you choose your account settings including how often your phone will check for email, notifications and synchronisation. Tap Next when you're happy with your settings.

Android email account settings

Now you can give your account a name if you like and choose your display name for outgoing messages. Tap Next when you've chosen your names and you will be taken to your Inbox. 

Android email account

IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 comparison: Lollipop phablet takes on KitKat flagship smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...