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Getting connection errors in Mail for iPhone or iPad? Here's how to fix them!

The iPhone and iPad's built-in Mail app is a great way to get all your email for all your accounts in one place. But just like any other app, it isn't completely error proof either. One of the most common errors that you may is the dreaded "Connection to the server failed" message. Other common error messages include server not responding messages and password errors. If you're receiving any of these messages, here are some steps that can help you troubleshoot and resolve the problem in no time!

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How to set up iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more on your iPhone or iPad

If you didn't originally set up your iPhone or iPad with iCloud, or if you want to use a different iCloud account than you do for iTunes purchases, you may need to sign in and set up iCloud outside of the initial setup process. In some cases, you may simply want to add an additional account to your device, you can add an iCloud account at any time via the Settings app.

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How to set up Microsoft Outlook mail, calendar, contacts on iPhone and iPad

If Microsoft Outlook.com — Live or Hotmail if you're retro — is your mail, contacts, and calendar provider of choice, it's easy to set up and access it right on your iPhone or iPad. Microsoft might have taken a while, and gone through a lot of names and iterations, to get their online consumer services into the modern age, but what they've finally settled on is impressive. There's Exchange if you need ActiveSync. If you don't, there's Outlook.

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How to access iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and more on the web

While iCloud is meant to be used mainly on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, times may arise when you'll need access to your mail or calendar from a public computer. Perhaps your iPhone is dead and you need to use a friend's computer, or you're on holiday and don't have mobile data but there is an internet cafe or terminal close by. Either way, you can quickly and easily access mail, contacts, calendars, and many of the other iCloud services from any web browser.

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How to access iCloud sync settings on your Mac

Any Mac running OS X Lion or later comes with iCloud support built right in. If you've already got an existing iCloud account or need to set one up, it's incredibly easy to get all your contacts, calendars, and your iCloud mail account linked up with your Mac.

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How to access iCloud sync settings on your Windows PC

If you're a Windows user, that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the iCloud service. While Mac users may have it built right in, Apple also offers an iCloud Control Panel for Windows users that lets you manage some of your iCloud settings from your desktop, including Photo Stream, calendars, contacts, and more.

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How to manually set up iCloud mail using IMAP and SMTP

If you want to access your iCloud mail from a non-iOS, Windows, or Mac mail program, or with an alternate smartphone platform like BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, etc. you'll need to set it up manually using the IMAP and SMTP standards. While it may not be as pretty, it will be functional, and once it's set up you'll have access to all your iCloud mail, wherever you are.

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How to clean out old Mail downloads and reclaim disk space on your Mac!

If you're running low on disk space on your Mac, especially SSD space, every extra bit can count. One of the places you can often scrape out a few extra megabytes or even gigabytes is Mail Downloads. Any attachments you open in Mail or Quick Look gets saved right to that folder. Chances are you don't need them, especially the old ones, and trashing them will free up some valuable space.

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How to add and remove dictionaries on iPhone and iPad

The Define option in the iPhone and iPad text selector popup gives you dictionary definitions for most common words. It's convenient because it can be accessed in only a couple of taps. But what if you're in England and the U.S. dictionary keeps coming up? What if you also speak Italian or Japanese or Chinese and want to access those definitions as well? What if you're traveling and want access to French? To save space Apple keeps additional dictionaries offline but you can easily add and remove additional dictionaries any time you want. That way you can have the languages you want right where you want them!

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Creating email harmony with Mailbox for iOS and Airmail for Mac

I've been on the hunt for the perfect cross-platform email setup ever since Mavericks made the native Mail app so awkward and unreliable. I've looked at the best alternative mail apps for Mac and done the same for both iPhone and iPad. As it turns out, Mailbox and Airmail play rather nicely together... with a little help.

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