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 OP: 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.

Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2013
Thunderbird
Mail - Windows Vista
Windows Live 2011
Mac 10.4 Tiger
Mac 10.5 Leopard
Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

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

Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2013
Thunderbird
Mail - Windows Vista
Windows Live 2011
Mac 10.4 Tiger
Mac 10.5 Leopard
Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

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

Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2013
Thunderbird
Mail - Windows Vista
Windows Live 2011
Mac 10.4 Tiger
Mac 10.5 Leopard
Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

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

Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2013
Thunderbird
Mail - Windows Vista
Windows Live 2011
Mac 10.4 Tiger
Mac 10.5 Leopard
Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

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

Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2013
Thunderbird
Mail - Windows Vista
Windows Live 2011
Mac 10.4 Tiger
Mac 10.5 Leopard
Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

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

Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2013
Thunderbird
Mail - Windows Vista
Windows Live 2011
Mac 10.4 Tiger
Mac 10.5 Leopard
Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

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

Outlook 2003
Outlook 2007
Outlook 2010
Outlook 2013
Thunderbird
Mail - Windows Vista
Windows Live 2011
Mac 10.4 Tiger
Mac 10.5 Leopard
Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard

While we don't support these software programs, we thought you might find some basic info helpful: Window 8 Mail (Settings), Outlook Express, Entourage, Eudora, Incredimail, Android - 1st Account, Android - 2nd Account, iOS4, iOS5, iOS6, iOS7 and Blackberry.