How to set up your email to go through POP3 and SMTP

Many people enjoy the convenience of reading and replying to email messages using software programs like Outlook, Windows Live and Thunderbird. Of course, to get software like that to work, you need to fill in a few blanks and click a few buttons. No sweat. We have you covered.

First, POP3, SMTP and IMAP are kind of strange abbreviations. Do you understand what they mean? It helps to get the gist of them before digging in and trying to set up your email service.

POP3, SMTP and IMAP

SMTP, POP3 and IMAP are different ways your email program (say, Outlook) communicates with your email provider (CenturyLink). Really simply, they amount to this:

  • POP3 (Post Office Protocol) -- Like its name implies, POP3 is the equivalent of the post office. It's for storing your email.
  • SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) -- SMTP gets your email from one place to the next -- routing it between servers and eventually to your computer desktop. If you were sending snail mail, it would be the mailman.
  • IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) -- IMAP is a fancier version of POP3. For instance, with IMAP, you can keep your email on the server, something you can't do with POP3. Of course, the downside is that IMAP requires more server space and computing power to operate.

Email server settings

We primarily support 6 email domains. For settings and how-to instructions, click on the domain that matches your email address.

Before you begin, keep these things to keep in mind:

  • We don't support IMAP. We're providing the IMAP settings here for self-help only.
  • When you go to set up your email program, you may be prompted to "leave a copy of your emails on the server ." We recommend you accept this option.
  • "Email Size Limit" refers to the size of a single email, and "Sent To Limits" include the To, CC and Bcc fields in emails. These limits are the same whether you're using webmail or SMTP.

For additional assistance, chat with us.  We're here to help.

CenturyLink.net POP3 and SMTP Settings

Domain

centurylink.net

Incoming

POP: pop.centurylink.net
POP: Port 995 SSL

IMAP: mail.centurylink.net
IMAP: Port 993 SSL


Outgoing

smtp.centurylink.net

Port 587 TLS if available

Username

Email Address

Server Limits

Email size limit: 20MB
Send To limit: 100 contacts
Webmail send limit: 100 per hour
SMTP send limit: 500 per hour
IP-based email send limit: 50 per 5 minutes

How-to
Instructions

For step-by-step instructions, click on the name of the email software you're using.

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful.  

Additional email software: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.

Elpasotel.net POP3 and SMTP Settings

Domain

elpasotel.net

Incoming

POP: pop3.elpasotel.net
POP: Port 995 SSL

IMAP: mail.elpasotel.net
IMAP: Port 993 SSL


Outgoing

smtp.elpasotel.net

Port 587 TLS if available

Username

Email Address

Server Limits

Email size limit: 20MB
Send To limit: 100 contacts
Webmail send limit: 100 per hour
SMTP send limit: 500 per hour
IP-based email send limit: 50 per 5 minutes

How-to
Instructions

For step-by-step instructions, click on the name of the email software you're using.

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful.  

Additional email software: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.

Embarqmail.com POP3 and SMTP Settings

Domain

embarqmail.com

Incoming

POP: pop.centurylink.net
POP: Port 995 SSL

IMAP: mail.centurylink.net
IMAP: Port 993 SSL


Outgoing

smtp.centurylink.net

Port 587 TLS if available

Username

Email Address

Server Limits

Email size limit: 20MB
Send To limit: 100 contacts
Webmail send limit: 100 per hour
SMTP send limit: 500 per hour
IP-based email send limit: 50 per 5 minutes

How-to
Instructions

For step-by-step instructions, click on the name of the email software you're using.

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful.  

Additional email software: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.

Q.com POP3 and SMTP Settings

Domain

q.com

Incoming

POP: mail.q.com
POP: Port 995 SSL

IMAP: mail.q.com
IMAP: Port 993 SSL


Outgoing

smtp.q.com

Port 587 TLS if available

Username

Email Address

Server Limits

Email size limit: 20MB
Send To limit: 100 contacts
Webmail send limit: 100 per hour
SMTP send limit: 500 per hour
IP-based email send limit: 50 per 5 minutes

How-to
Instructions

For step-by-step instructions, click on the name of the email software you're using.

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful.  

Additional email software: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.

Qwest.net POP3 and SMTP Settings

Domain

qwest.net

Incoming

POP: pop.mpls.qwest.net
POP: Port 110

IMAP: na


Outgoing

pop.mpls.qwest.net

Port 587

Username

Your username is everything that appears to the left of the @ symbol.
For example, if your email address is janesmith123@qwest.net, your username is janesmith123.

Server Limits

Email box size: 15MB
Email size limit: 10MB
Send To limit: 50 contacts
Send limit: 100 per hour

How-to
Instructions

For step-by-step instructions, click on the name of the email software you're using.

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful.  

Additional email software: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.

Qwestoffice.net POP3 and SMTP Settings

Domain

qwestoffice.net

Incoming

POP: pop.qwestoffice.net
POP: Port 110

IMAP: na


Outgoing

smtp.qwestoffice.net

Port 465 SSL

Username

Email Address

Server Limits

Receive email size limit: 25MB
Send email size limit: 10MB
Send To limit: 250 contacts
Webmail send size limit: 6.3MB
Send limit: 100 per hour

How-to
Instructions

For step-by-step instructions, click on the name of the email software you're using.

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful.  

Additional email software: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.

Other POP3 and SMTP Settings

Domains

centurytel.net
clds.net
coastalnow.net
cochill.net
cswnet.com
emadisonriver.com
emadisonriver.net
gallatinriver.net
grics.net
gulftel.com
madisonriver.biz
mebtel.net

Incoming

POP: pop.centurytel.net
POP: Port 995 SSL

Outgoing

smtpauth.centurytel.net

Port 587 TLS if available

Username

Email Address

Server Limits

Email size limit: 20MB
Send To limit: 100 contacts
Webmail send limit: 300 per hour
SMTP send limit: 500 per hour
IP-based email send limit: 300 per day

How-to
Instructions

For step-by-step instructions, click on the name of the email software you're using.

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful.  

Additional email software: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.