Add GMX Freemail Account to Mail on the iPhone

Here are the instructions for the Adding a GMX account to Apple Mail on the iPhone. This email provider does not appear in the standard list of providers supported by Mail. But that doesn't matter, you can still set it up quite easily as a mailbox under iOS. In addition, the following step-by-step instructions for adding the mail provider on the iPhone can also be used for other accounts: WEB.de, Posteo and more. Do you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Note: The procedure shown should work in the current iOS versions around iOS 14. I tried it on iOS 14.4.2 on the iPhone 12 Pro.

In the step-by-step instructions here, you will learn how to add your GMX account to the mail app on iOS on the iPhone. Including tips for settings, login and fixing the SSL error.

In the step-by-step instructions here, you will learn how to add your GMX account to the mail app on iOS on the iPhone. Including tips for settings, login and fixing the SSL error.

Instructions: Add a GMX mail account on the iPhone

If you want to bring the inbox, the outbox, the sent folder and all other overviews of your GMX account into the mail app on the iPhone, then that's quite easy. In the following I will make a difference between “add” and “set up”. In the first section we add the GMX email account to Apple Mail on the iPhone. Under the next heading we set up everything including the login data and the server retrieval.

These are the first steps you take on iOS:

  1. Open the Settings
  2. Tap on the menu item Mail
  3. Now choose the point Showcase
  4. Then tap on Add account
  5. At the bottom of the list you choose "Other"

By default, you will be shown the options with the corresponding logos / lettering, mail accounts from iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google, Yahoo !, Aol. and add Outlook.com. Since GMX does not appear in the list, you have to tap on "Other". Once you have done this, you continue with the login - i.e. with the setting up of the account.

Set up GMX Freemail account on the iPhone

Regardless of whether you use a freemail account or a paid subscription, the procedure outlined below is basically the same. If everything works, you can then call up your GMX mails on your iPhone, send e-mails and sort everything as you want. To do this, you first need your email address and your password:

  1. After the instructions above, you tap on Add mail account
  2. Enter your name, your email address and your password
  3. Now choose between POP3 (fewer management options) and IMAP (local administration options)

The server names should already be filled in correctly for both IMAP and POP3. Therefore you can now tap on “Next” in the upper right corner to complete the setup of the GMX account for Apple Mail under iOS. However, if you cannot read emails, send messages or access folders via the mail app despite the above steps, because "SSL is impossible", then you do not have to despair. There is a solution for that.

iPhone error message: Cannot connect via SSL

Especially if you access your GMX account for the first time via a mail client (Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, etc.), this access can be prohibited for security reasons. GMX registers the login attempt and may send you an e-mail with information on how you can authorize remote access - similar to the one Set up a WEB.de account. Meanwhile, an error message appears on the iPhone, telling you, among other things, that the "connection via SSL was impossible".

Solution: Set up a GMX mail account despite the SSL error message

Since WEB.de and GMX belong to the same provider, have the same structure and function the same, the solution is also the same as in the guide linked above - only in blue instead of yellow. If you want to allow access to the e-mail account via IMAP / POP3 in order to set up your account in Apple Mail, then you proceed as follows:

  1. Register on the GMX website with your email login
  2. Click in the tab E-Mail on the menu item "Settings"
  3. Then select the "Point POP3 / IMAP retrieval"
  4. Tick ​​the box next to "Allow POP3 and IMAP access"
  5. Complete the procedure with a click on the "Save" button
If the calling and sending of e-mails via the mail app does not work, log into the GMX website and allow access via IMAP / POP3. There are more screenshots and tips in the WEB.de manual.

If the calling and sending of e-mails via the mail app does not work, log into the GMX website and allow access via IMAP / POP3. Further screenshots and tips can be found in the WEB.de manual.

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