Setup your Domain Email on iPhone and iOS Devices: A Step By Step Tutorial

You just created that awesome new custom domain email address to send out those cool emails to everyone you know. Or maybe you just made that personal business email so your business looks professional to anyone you want to send emails to. Either way, a personal email account is a great way to add a personal touch to the way you talk to people online.

There are many great email service providers online today, including GoDaddy and Google. These providers help to maintain your email servers so that all you need to do is worry about reading and replying to the amazing emails you receive. All that it takes to get your custom email address up and running is to purchase your one-of-a-kind domain name and allow your email service provider to do the rest.

So cool, we have purchased our custom domain name. Many packages include the ability to have custom emailing included in the slightly more expensive options. Assuming you have custom email allowed on your account, you now will have the ability to use your custom email online.

That’s all cool and all, but that mean I have to use the GoDaddy or other email providers’ custom online portal to read and write all my emails? No, in fact, most email servers, allow you to forward your email to many of the common email clients such as Outlook and Apple Email quickly and easily. So what better place to get your latest emails than directly on your iPhone or iPad?

Configuring your custom GoDaddy email to your iPhone

In this tutorial, I will be using a GoDaddy email account to connect to iOS. Most other email providers will have a very similar approach to setting up, and I will try to point out the differences as they appear.

The first step to connecting your iPhone or iPad to your email is to find out two key pieces of information provided by the email provider. These are usually found in an email center. On GoDaddy, this is called the “Email Setup Center”.

email setup center

It is important to note that while you can find these in your provider’s email setup center, many common provider information can be found through a Google search. Once you have those two things, you are ready to set up on your device. The first step is to go into your settings and click on the tab on the left labeled “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”.


Once you click on the tab, on the right side menu select “Add Account”.

Add account

After that, select the bottom button labeled “Other”. This is important even if your email uses Google as the email server. The Google option is only be used for an email with the subdomain “Gmail”.

email options

After you have selected “Other”, select the top “Add Mail Account” button.

add mail account

Once you have selected this, a popup will appear with four fields to fill out. These DO NOT impact the connection and will not cause any issues while attempting to connect to the email provider’s server. With that being said, you should fill these out accurately because it will be what’s used to see which emails come from this account versus any other of your accounts you might have set up over time.

email details

Once you have filled out this information, the next step is to set up all the information that is needed to connect to your email server. The first thing you will notice is the tabs at the top labeled “IMAP” and “POP”.

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These are the two types of connections you can have with your email server. While it is important to understand the differences between these two, I will summarize them in the section below.



The first thing to understand about these two is that these are protocols. In a nutshell, these are what allow you to read your emails on a remote server from anywhere in the world. After that, these two branches off in different directions.

One of the big differences is that many times, email providers require a more expensive plan in order to have IMAP enabled. GoDaddy, for example, provides POP on many of their entry accounts, but they only allow IMAP on their top-tier accounts.

With that being said, this might be quite an easy choice to make. Assuming you do have an option of either setup, both are very simple to connect to with little difference between them. One of the key differences between these two options is how the emails are stored.

On a POP setup, emails are not stored on the remote server by default. A client, like your iPhone or iPad, receives the email from the server and that’s it. If you wanted to read that email anywhere else on any other device you would not be able to. With an IMAP connection, emails are available on multiple clients so you can read them on multiple devices.

With IMAP, emails live on the server. This is great in modern times when people access their emails on multiple devices from multiple locations. When POP was first created, it was modeled like the modern-day mail, where a post office worker delivered emails to your post box and never stored them.

Today, we want our mail on whatever device we are using and that is where IMAP came in. Although this sounds like the new sliced bread, there are downfalls to this as well. While POP works even if you are without email, you are still able to read the emails you have already downloaded, IMAP simply does not work and will work poorly with a slow internet connection.

Both of these options have their pluses and minuses, and either will provide you with your emails. If you do have the option of IMAP versus POP, you should always go with IMAP.

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Okay, so now that we know a bit about our two options, how do you set them up? Depending on which option you have chosen, either IMAP or POP, select the tab corresponding to that choice. Once you have chosen the tab, the setup for both is very similar.

The first set of three is the exact same for either message. Put in the name that you would like people to see when you send an email, the email address you want to connect to, and then the password for that email address.

name and password

The next set of inputs is for the information related to the incoming mail server. While looking at GoDaddy’s Email Setup Center, the hostname can be found for incoming mail like below.

Details for the GoDaddy POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Mail Servers

  1. The POP3 incoming mail server for GoDaddy is:
  2. The IMAP incoming mail server is: and for port is 143 or 993.
  3. The GoDaddy’s SMTP server for outgoing mails:
GoDaddy POP server

This is the hostname for GoDaddy using the POP protocol. If you want to use IMAP, just replace “pop” with “imap” as shown in the image following the end of the blog. Your username is your email account and the password is the email password. It is very important that these are included even though they are marked as optional.

Your outgoing mail server information can also be found in the Email Setup Center of GoDaddy.

GoDaddy SMTP server

This is the hostname for both IMAP and POP. Again, your username is your email and the password is the email password.

outgoing mail server

And that’s it! After you select next your iPhone or any iOS device will now be able to read your custom business’ emails! A picture is shown below for the complete forms of both an IMAP and POP connection.

iPhone emails

I hope you found this helpful and now you are able to read all those awesome new emails.

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