Account Settings

You can use the Account Settings option to make adjustments to the default settings for your email account. Touching Account Settings brings up a menu of settings. These include General Settings, Notification Settings, and Server Settings.

The first option under General Settings is Account Name. Touch Account Name to open a pop-up window where you can create or edit the name that you want this account displayed under. When you're done entering the name in the box provided, touch OK to save the name and return to the settings page.

The next option is Your Name. As with the Account Name, this opens a popup window where you can set or change the name that you want to have displayed on your outgoing emails.

Use the Email Check Frequency option to adjust how often your email is checked automatically from your device. By default, the frequency is set to Never, but you can change that by touching the option and then touching the frequency that you want to use. Frequencies start at every five minutes and increase incrementally to every hour. When you're satisfied with your selection, touch OK to save the setting and return to the menu.

The last setting in the General Settings section is Default Account. If you select this option, this becomes your default account for sending email. If you prefer to use another account, deselect this option.

Next up are Notification Settings. In this section of the settings page, you'll find the same notification settings that you saw in Gmail: Email Notifications, Select Ringtone, and Vibrate.

The Email Notifications and Vibrate Selection options are simply check boxes. For Select Ringtone, a pop-up window opens from which you can choose the ringtone that you want to use with this email account. One nice thing about this setting is that if you have multiple email addresses, you can set a different ringtone for each so that you know which email address is getting mail anytime an email comes through.

Yellow The notification tones that are available on the Android phone are pretty limited.

And the tones that you can download for the Android phone tend to be pretty lame. But that's okay. An application called Ringdroid lets you create your own notification tones (and ring-tones) from your favorite songs. You can find Ringdroid through the Android Marketplace.

The last section of the settings page is for Server Settings. These settings are the settings that were used to set up your account. They include Incoming Settings and Outgoing Settings.

If your account was set up automatically, you probably don't need to adjust these settings. If for some reason you need to, though, you'll find settings that cover incoming mail servers, outgoing mail servers, ports, and security types in these areas. I recommend that you work with these only if you know what your mail settings should be—if you enter the wrong setting, you could disable mobile access to the account.

One last setting in this section isn't really a server setting. Add Another Account takes you to a form like the one that you filled in to set up your first email account. You can use this option to add other email accounts if you have more than one web-based account that you want to access with your device.

You also might want to be familiar with the Accounts option. Touching Accounts takes you to a list of your email accounts, as shown in Figure 6.17. Long-touch any account that's listed to open a menu of options that includes Open, Account Settings, and Remove Account. You can open the account to view the inbox or account page, jump to the account settings, or delete the account if you no longer use it.

FIGURE 6.17

The Accounts option opens a list of the email accounts that you have set up. You can interact with these accounts using long touches.

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