cPanel Email Settings

Login to your cPanel account to setup Email users and Forwarders.

Select Manual Settings for Outlook, iOS and Android.

Username: your complete e-mail address
Password: the password set in cPanel during e-mail setup

Incoming Server: (Use SSL/TLS)
IMAP Port: 993
POP3 Port: 995

Outgoing Server: (Use SSL/TLS)
SMTP Port: 465 or 587

Use the following type of encrypted connection: SSL/TLS (Accept all certificates)

Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) <= DO NOT CHECK
Outgoing server requires authentication? Yes

POP3 Advanced Settings: Delivery
Leave a copy of messages on the server. Yes
Remove from server after 14 days. Yes
Remove from server when deleted from “Deleted Items” Yes

Documentation for iOS and Android

Why use IMAP vs. POP3?

  • IMAP only reads your email on the server; it does not download or save email on your computer. Messages that you read, delete, or reply to will show up as such on the server and your email applications.
  • POP3 downloads and saves email on your computer. Messages that your mail application marks as read, deleted, or replied to will not show up as such on the server.
  • Both IMAP and POP3 use SMTP to send email.
  • Using POP3 over SSL/TLS or IMAP over SSL/TLS provides increased security for your connections to the mail server.

Default Email Ports
Common email ports in cPanel are: POP3, IMAP and SMTP ports.

POP3 Email Ports
Post Office Protocol version 3, more commonly referred to as POP3, is the standard mail protocol designed to receive email sent from a remote server to an email client (local). This protocol allows for the messages to be downloaded to a local computer. Users can then read their emails even if they are offline, or if the device is not connected to the Internet.

It is important to note that when POP3 is used to connect to an email account, the email messages are downloaded to a local device and deleted from the servers. Once they have been downloaded, they can no longer be accessed through a different location. A benefit to using this protocol, though, is that it reduces the amount of email storage space used on the web server.

In cPanel, there are two default POP3 ports.

POP3 SSL Port 995. The default POP3 port that allows for secure connections.
POP3 Non-SSL Port 110. The default non-encrypted POP3 port.

IMAP Email Ports

Internet Message Access Protocol, or IMAP, is another type of protocol designed for web-based mail. It allows for emails to be accessed via a remote web server, through the use of a local client. Like POP3, IMAP is also a very commonly used protocol for the purpose of retrieving emails. All newer web servers and modern email clients support IMAP and POP3.

One of the biggest advantages of IMAP over POP3 is that the latter allows for the simultaneous retrieval and access of email messages. It can be done via multiple clients.

In cPanel, there are 2 default IMAP ports.

IMAP SSL Port 993. The default IMAP port that allows for secure IMAP connections.
IMAP Non-SSL Port 143. The default non-encrypted IMAP port.

SMTP Email Ports

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is the industry-standard protocol used to send email messages. In cPanel, there are four default SMTP email ports.

SMTP SSL Port 465. The default SMTP port for secure messages sent via SMTP.
SMTP TLS/STARTTLS Port 587. Another common port used by cPanel for SMTP traffic.
SMTP Non-SSL Port 25. The default non-encrypted SMTP port.
SMTP Non-SSL Alternate Port 26. The most common alternate port used for SMTP traffic.

More Resources

Outlook 2016 settings for cPanel. (~click here~)

iPhone, iPad or iPod touch email. (~click here~)