set up email on iPad miniJust get a new iPad mini? The first thing you may want to do with it is probably add your email accounts to it. Setting up email accounts on iPad mini is simple. If you know how to handle the email configuration on other iOS devices such as an iPhone, iPod touch or other iPad models, you should have no difficulty to set up emails on iPad mini.

The Mail app on iPad mini provides you the easy workflows to set up email accounts such as Yahoo! Mail, Google email, AOL, as well as other industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email services.

There are different ways to set up email accounts on iPad mini though. You can sync email accounts and settings in iTunes app from your computer or set up email accounts with the Mail app on the mini iPad.

If you use one of the popular email service such as Hotmail, AOL mail, Gmail, you can refer to these guides for the specific instructions made for these email services.

To setup email accounts on iPad mini directly

  • 1. Tap Mail app from the home screen of your mini iPad.
  • 2. Select your email account type, such as hotmail, yahoo mail, gmail, aol. Tap Other if your account type is not listed.
  • 3. Enter your mail account information and tap Save. Since iOS 6 Mail app for iOS can enter most email account configuration info automatically. Otherwise, you will be prompted for any additional settings.
  • 4. Once your email account information is saved, you can start sending and receiving email.

The email setup on iPad mini is easy. However if you meet any trouble with it, take a look at bellow tips.

Email setup on iPad mini Tips

  • 1. Internet connection is required to setup email accounts on iPad mini as your iPad will need to log on the email servers to verify your account info and download email, etc. So double check make sure you can surf the internet in advance.
  • 2. To configure additional accounts, you can tap Settings app, go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then tap Add Account.

Still have trouble sending or receiving emails on iPad? Check out what other iPad users talking about in the comment section below or leave us a message there!

How to set up email on iPad mini?
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33 thoughts on “How to set up email on iPad mini?

  1. Lanier

    I can’t setup my ymail account on my ipad mini. Can anyone help me out on m

    • Joe

      What’s your email service provider, aol, gmail or else?
      Do you get any error and how to replicate the error?
      Please provide more details, so others can help.

  2. Lisa

    Hi, how do I stop my ipad mini from deleting emails from my server – apple are stummped.

  3. Kim

    Why don’t I get all of my emails? It will say I have 4 messages and maybe I get only one, then I have to go check on my personal computer. Thanks for any help!

    • Matt

      Which email service are you using, hotmail, gmail or else?

      Go to open Settings >> Mail, Contacts, Calendars, you should see a list of added email accounts on your iPhone or iPad. Under each email account there you should see something like “Mail, Notes, Contacts…” this means the sync items enabled for the specific email account. Make sure the Mail is included for your email account. Then scroll down to a Fetch New Data section, make sure it is set to Push. Tab on it, you can open the push settings for specific email accounts on your iOS device. Here you can do: 1) make sure Push, other than fetch or manual, is enabled for your email account in problem; 2) scroll to the bottom to change fetch schedule, every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly or else. If you set it to 15 minutes, then your iPhone or iPad will check for new updates on your email server every 15 minutes to keep them synced with mail sever. There may be a delay to get all your emails synced since your ipad or iPhone will only check for update in a selected interval. During this period of time, you can manually refrech your mail box to fetch for new emails in the Mail app on iPhone iPad.

  4. Donald

    Ipad mini recives email and some text messages but will not send email and can’t add text contacts to send or recive. Getting tired of having to run to desktop or Iphone to reply to both. Help!!!!!

    • Matt

      Hi Donald,
      Which email service are you using, hotmail, gmail or else?
      It looks like to be a problem of the outgoing server configuration. I had this problem before with one of my self-hosted email under the domain.
      You can go to Settings >> Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then select the email account in problem, navigate to its Account configuration window, see if the Outgoing mail server/SMTP server not configured or not configured properly, such as wrong smtp server address, username or password. FYI, here is a screenshot :

      Looking forward to your response.

  5. Richard

    iPad mini 3 yahoo mail account is setup but no mail is coming in or showing up. Can send out Mai and inbox and folders are established. Can see the mail just fine on ipad2 but for some reason not working in the mini3? Other Mai accounts working fine? Is this an issue with yahoo or the mini3

  6. Pat Szalai

    I have set up my Yahoo account on my ipad mini, easy peasy, but it will not accept my live account. Hotmail is not listed as an option so I go to ‘other’ and input the info requested, including the incoming mail server info of: and the outgoing server: but it comes back with incorrect password or user (which I assume is my e-mail address). I am tearing my hair out. Can anyone suggest a solution before I go bald?

  7. Pat Szalai

    Nope doesn’t work. I have tried the ‘Outlook’ route, which it seems to accept, but then asks me for my outlook password which of course I don’t have cos it is a live account. Have also tried the ‘Exchange’ route, but I get so far before it asks for server info and then presumably ‘domain’ and then, presumably, my exchange password, which, of course, I don’t have. Not much hair left now!

    • Matt

      Just use your password for your Live account, the password which you use to log on your Live account from web browsers. It does not requry a separate outlook password or exchange password. Microsoft outlook/exchange server should accept the Live account and its password.

  8. Kerrin

    I am unable to set up this e-mail on my iPad mini. I’m not sure what I’m d wrong! Please help

    • Matt

      which email service are you using, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo mail or else?

  9. Barbara

    When I send an email, it says can not be delivered since email address not recognized – what should I do to send outgoing emails to people who I haven’t corresponded with before on mini IPad ?

    • Matt

      Do you mean you can receive emails but can’t send emails?
      Which email service are you using?

  10. anthony parker

    I need help when I am setting up my account for sending and receiving mail I went to settings and hit mail, contacts and calendars and it took me to choose a mail account, I choose yahoo. I filled out the pop up page and got all the way to putting in my password. I have no clue what that pw is. It is not my yahoo pw, it is not the 4 digits that I sign in on my I pad mini. what can I do?

    • Matt

      You can refer to this step-by-step guide to add Yahoo account to iPhone iPad.
      If still no luck, please also check the comments from @Suzy at the lower section of this guide. Suzy posted a link to generate a one-time password which seems to be able to authorize access to your Yahoo account from a non-Yahoo app.

  11. anthony

    Thank you:)

    • Matt

      You are welcome.

  12. Fiona

    I have set up my yahoo mail on my mini iPad 2 and it works fine.

    My problem is that I cannot edit the mail from the inbox list e.g. delete mails, as there is no edit button appearing in the top right corner.

    I can only delete individual mails on in them and using the bin icon.

    How do I turn the delete function on?


  13. Nick

    I deleted my yahoo email via my settings as it was jammed. How do I set it up again please?

  14. Ginger

    I have two yahoo accts on my IPAD Mini. I have had problems before with receiving or sending emails. With iOS updates my mail recipients get mails sent from Microsoft ‘live’ rather than ‘yahoo’ address. I never set-up this Outlook acct.
    Consequently, recipients cannot ‘reply’ to my emails, because it reads ‘failed’.
    ThAnks for help!

    • Matt

      Generally speaking Microsoft’s email services (live, hotmail, outlook) can be set up through the Exchange or Outlook methods on iPhone, iPad or iTouch.
      Do you mean you send an email from your Yahoo account to recipients who are using Microsoft Live account, your recipients can receive the email but can’t reply to your email?

  15. Graham

    I have an Ipad Mini and an Ipad 1, I use the Mini for emails, I share the email address with my wife. I want to set up the Ipad Min to receive emails and when I delete them, just delete them on the Ipad Mini but leave them accessible on the BT Server and the Ipad. Pls could you tell me how I can set this up.

    • Matt

      You can set up your email account as POP mail on iPad mini, set up the same email account on the other iPad as regular email type, IMAP mail. Then log on your email account from web browser on a PC or Mac, to disable POP mail from deleting emails on your email server (BT Server). After that, your iPad mini can download emails from your mail server, you can delete emails on iPad mini, it however will not delete email from your mail server. Your iPad 1 or other smartphones can still access the email account through the regular IMAP protocol to manage emails and keep well synced with your email server.
      You can find out the difference between POP and IMAP mail here.
      Most email service providers will allow you to connect to their mail server through either POP or IMAP protocol or both, see this Gmail POP IMAP settings, just as an example.

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