Hushmail Setup – Mac Mail

Please note: When sending mail from a third-party mail client, your copy of the message will be saved in your Sent folder as encrypted, even if the message is sent as non-encrypted. By default, any mail sent via SMTP from a third-party mail program will be sent as non-encrypted, unless the recipient is a Hushmail customer or has previously set a passphrase for receiving encrypted email.

Setting up Hushmail in Mac Mail

1. From the Mail menu, select Preferences, as shown here:

2. Select Accounts and press the + button, as shown here:

3. In the window that appears, select the bottom option for Other Mail Account… then click Continue:

4. In the next window, enter your Name as you’d like it to appear to others you send mail to, then enter in your full Email Address, and enter your Hushmail Passphrase in the Password field. Then, click Sign In:

5. It’s expected you may see a red Unable to verify account name or password message, as shown here:

This simply means you will need to enter in some additional information:

  • Incoming Mail Server:
  • Outgoing Mail Server:

Once you’ve entered the above information, then click the Sign In button.

6. On the next screen, make sure the box next to Mail is checked, as shown here:

Then click Done. Your Hushmail account should now be successfully added to Mac Mail!


Troubleshooting Tip: If you’re having trouble sending email, try again with the following alternate SMTP Server settings:

Alternate SMTP Server 1

  • Server Hostname:
  • Port: 587
  • SSL: Enabled

Alternate SMTP Server 2

  • Server Hostname:
  • Port: 465
  • SSL: Enabled

Changing Your SMTP Server Settings

1. From the Mail menu, select Preferences, as shown here:

2. Select Accounts then Server Settings.

Under the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) heading, click on the Accounts drop-down, then select Edit SMTP Server List, as shown here:

3. Select the server name from the list at the top, and select Server Settings.

Then, uncheck the Automatically manage connection settings box, and ensure the following information is shown:

  • Username: your full Hushmail email address
  • Password: your Hushmail passphrase
  • Host name:
  • Port: 465 OR 587
  • Use SSL/TLS: On
  • Authentication: Password


Updated on May 14, 2019

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