Set Default Email Account on Mac

The nice thing about the Mail app on iOS and Mac is that you can set up multiple email accounts. This lets you manage emails from other services like Gmail and Outlook. Even though you set up those other accounts to view your inbox, you may not compose messages from them often. This is when having a default email account comes in handy.

If you set up a default, you don’t have to worry about the email address attached to the messages you compose or trying to remember to change it before you send your email. Here’s how to set a default email account in Mail on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Set your default email account on iPhone and iPad

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and then do the following to set a default email account.

1) Select Mail on the Settings screen.

2) Under Composing toward the bottom, tap Default Account.

3) Select the account you want to use and then tap the arrows on the top left to go back or just close your Settings.

Default Email Account on iPhone

Set your default email account on Mac

Open the Mail app on your Mac and then follow these steps to set your default account.

1) Click Mail > Preferences from the menu bar.

2) Select the Composing tab.

3) In the drop-down box next to Send new messages from, choose the email account you would like as your default. If you leave it as Automatically select best account, Mail will pick the account to use based on the address of the first recipient in your email and the current mailbox.

Default Email Account on Mac

Now whenever you compose a new email, the default address you chose will be the one used by Mail.

Wrapping it up

Setting up a default email account in Mail can save you from remembering to change your address when you compose and simply make it easier if you almost always send emails from the same account.

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