POP3 Server Settings

WebDAV server settings

POP3 server: This is the hostname or IP address of your POP3 server. Note that this address must resolve to your mail server no matter what network you’re connected to – if you provide a name or IP that’s only resolvable inside your private network, that’s the only place you’ll be able to pick up email. (If you don’t understand the preceding, then you probably don’t need to worry about it.) Some firewalls can also cause trouble here.

Security: This specifies the cryptographic protocol that should be used when connecting to your IMAP server. Available options are:

  • None: This doesn’t use any transport security at all.
  • SSL/TLS (if available): SSL/TLS is used but the certificate isn’t checked.
  • SSL/TLS (always): SSL/TLS is used and the certificate presented must be valid.
  • STARTTLS (if available): The STARTTLS method is used if available; the certificate isn’t checked. If STARTTLS is not available, no encryption is used at all and email will be moved in the clear.
  • STARTTLS (always): The STARTTLS method is used and the certificate is checked for validity.

Note: Avoid using the options “None”, “SSL/TLS (if available)”, and “STARTTLS (if available)” if you can. Check the Security entry for more information on this.

Port: This is the port number the POP3 server is listening on. Most of the time you don’t want to change this. It will generally be port 110 for non-encrypted connections or 95 for encrypted ones. If your port number is something else, the mail server administrator should have told you.

Username: This is the username that’s needed to authenticate to the POP3 server. The field is initialized with the user part of your email address. Some servers are okay with this; some, generally those which support multiple domains, require that you fill in your entire email address here. In this case, if you entered the entire email address on the previous screen, you will need to re-enter the hostname part here, as K-9 Mail doesn’t know whether you need it and assumes you don’t.

Authentication: This specifies which authentication method to use after you have a valid, hopefully encrypted, connection. Available options are:

  • PLAIN: This is the default method. You shouldn’t need to change this.
  • CRAM_MD5: Use this if your server doesn’t support transport security but supports the CRAM_MD5 authentication method.

Password: Here you enter the password to access your emails. The password you entered at the first step of the account creation process is pre-entered here. So you shouldn’t need to change it. This password is the one which an administrator set for you or gave to you, which you use to retrieve mail from the mailbox.

After the server settings are checked you can now continue to configure the outgoing server.