How to set up mail, contacts, and calendars on iPhone and iPadSource: iMore

Most people already have an established email account with contacts and calendar where they organize their daily events. You don't have to start over from scratch just because you're using a brand new iPhone or iPad. All you have to do is sign in to your respective accounts and it'll all sync for you. Once signed in, just open the Mail, Calendar, or Contacts app on your iPhone or iPad to see all of your important content.

Here's how to set up email, contacts, and calendars on your iPhone and iPad.

How to set up iCloud mail, contacts, and calendars on iPhone or iPad

If you're looking to set up an iCloud account on your iPhone or iPad, you'll want to follow the steps here (Don't worry, despite the title, there are steps here if you already have an Apple ID):

How to set up Google mail, calendars, and contacts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Passwords & Accounts.
  3. Tap Add Account.

    Accounts in Settings on iPhone showing the steps to tap Passwords and Accounts, tap Add accountSource: iMore

  4. Tap Google.
  5. Tap Continue if prompted to confirm that you want to allow Google.com to sign in on your iPhone or iPad.
  6. Enter your Google account credentials.

    Accounts in Settings on the iPhone showing the steps to Tap Google, enter Google account infoSource: iMore

  7. Make sure the switches for mail, contacts, and calendars are in the 'on' or 'off' positions depending on where you want them.
  8. Tap Save.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Flip correct switches, tap SaveSource: iMore

How to set up Outlook.com mail, calendar, and contacts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Passwords & Accounts.
  3. Tap Add Account.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to open Settings, tap Accounts & Passwords, tap Add accountSource: iMore

  4. Tap Outlook.com.
  5. Enter your Outlook.com account credentials.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Tap Outlook.com, enter credentialsSource: iMore

  6. Make sure the switches for mail, contacts, calendars, and notes are in the 'on' or 'off' positions depending on where you want them.
  7. Tap Save.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Tap switches, tap SaveSource: iMore

How to set up Exchange mail, calendar, and contacts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Passwords & Accounts.
  3. Tap Add Account.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Open Settings, tap Accounts & Passwords, tap Add accountSource: iMore

  4. Tap Exchange.
  5. Enter your Exchange email address.
  6. Tap Next.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Tap Exchange, enter Exchange address, tap NextSource: iMore

  7. Tap Configure Manually.
  8. Enter your Exchange account information if you elected to configure your account manually (you might need to get these from your IT administrator if you don't know them).
  9. Tap Next.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Tap Configure Manually, enter account info, tap NextSource: iMore

  10. Make sure the switches for mail, contacts, and calendars are in the 'on' or 'off' positions depending on where you want them.
  11. Tap Save.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Flip switches, tap SaveSource: iMore

How to set up IMAP/POP, CalDav, and CardDAV on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Passwords & Accounts.
  3. Tap Add Account.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Open Settings, tap Accounts & Passwords, tap Add accountSource: iMore

  4. Tap Other.
  5. Select the type of account you want to configure. Select Mail for an email account CalDAV for a calendar, and CardDAV for contacts.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Tap Other, select account typeSource: iMore

  6. Enter your account information.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Tap Done.

    Accounts in the Settings app on iPhone showing the steps to Enter account info, tap NextSource: iMore

Questions?

If you have any further questions about adding an email, contacts, and calendar accounts to an iOS device, let us know in the comments.

Updated April 2020: Updated for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

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