MobileMe email settings for Palm Pre

For the record, I finally bit the bullet and ditched my iPhone for a Palm Pre last week, and I’m extremely happy with the switch. I’ll post in more detail about why the Pre (and particularly WebOS) is freaking fantastic soon, but for now here’s a quick tip for other Palm Pre owners who want to configure their Pre to use MobileMe and can’t figure out why it keeps claiming you’re doing it wrong.

Although some people have apparently had luck using the automatic setup (where you just enter an email address and your password), I needed to use the manual setup in order to get it to use IMAP rather than POP. I think recent MobileMe accounts don’t even have POP activated by default, so maybe the age of my account is the problem. In any case, if the automatic setup booted you into POP3 rather than IMAP, delete the account and recreate it. From the screen where it asks for your username and password, open the menu and choose “Manual Setup” (why they didn’t just stick a Manual Setup button on the main screen where anybody could find it is beyond me, but I digress).

Here’s all the settings you’ll need to get rolling:

  • Incoming mail server:
  • Username: [your username, without or]
  • Password: [your password]
  • Encryption: SSL
  • Port #: 993 (this should be automatically selected when you choose SSL)
  • Outgoing mail server:
  • User Authentication: On
  • (Username and password will be auto-filled)
  • Encryption: TLS (this is what was probably screwing you up if you tried manual setup already)
  • Port #: 587

These settings work perfectly for me; hopefully they’ll save other Pre users with MobileMe the headache of “SMTP setup failed” errors.

4 responses to “MobileMe email settings for Palm Pre”

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  1. Lane Taylor says:

    I recently purchased a Palm Pre and would like to sync my iCal using MoblieMe. I used your posted settings to get MobleMe mail working, but I cannot find anyone to tell me how to sync my iCal Calendars.

    Any suggestions you have would be awesome.

    _Lane Taylor

  2. Ian Beck says:

    For a little while I was synching my iCal calendars to Google calendar using BusySync (then later with BusyCal), until I decided to heck with iCal, BusyCal rocks. At which point I switched over to only using Google calendar, which happily is already integrated with the Palm Pre.

    I highly recommend BusyCal; it is way better than iCal, and the ability to synchronize iCal, Google Calendar, and others is extremely handy.

  3. Lane Taylor says:

    Thank you so much!
    So far I love my Pre, but I was afraid I would have to get rid of it if I couldn’t sync my calendar since it is central to what I do. I greatly appreciate your help!


  4. Oliver says:

    I must bought a Palm Pre and I am used to imac and

    How do you get the contacts synchronized over the air between Mac and Pre without loosing First Name and Last Name information (what would happen if you use Google)?

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