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Set up Exchange Email on iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad (via ActiveSync)

Use the instructions below to set up Exchange email on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. These steps apply to devices running iOS 5.5 or above.

ActiveSync is a mobile data synchronization protocol that synchronizes data between your device and UMass Amherst IT's Exchange server.
Note: Exchange email and calendaring are currently available to a limited number of departments on campus.

  1. Make sure your device is connected to a data network via cell phone service or other wireless connection type. Note: To decrease data usage on your phone plan while on campus, we recommend that you configure your iOS device to use eduroam.
  2. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account...
  3. On the Add Account... screen, tap Microsoft Exchange
  4. On the Exchange screen:
    Note: Depending on your device, you may be prompted for all or some of the information below. Tap Next to move from one screen to the next.
    • In the Email field, enter where netid is your IT Account NetID, followed This is not necessarily your email address - netid@<domain name> (e.g., When sending email, your actual email address (e.g., will appear in the sender field. 
    • In the Domain field, enter the domain you log into your computer (AdminFin, Advancement, Campus, RESUO, Provost, SARIS).
    • In the Username field, enter your IT Active Directory/Exchange username. Note: This may be the same as your IT Account NetID.
    • In the Password field, enter your IT Active Directory/Exchange password. Note: This may be the same as your IT Account Password.
    • In the Description field, enter Exchange (or similar).
    • Tap Next. Your device will attempt to connect to the Exchange server. 
  5. If successful, you may see a screen with your account and server information. The Server field should read or If this is correct, tap Next.
    Note: If the Server field does not read or, your email, user name, and/or password are incorrect. Do not try to edit this screen. You will need to cancel and start over.
  6. You will be prompted to synchronize your Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders. Tap Save when finished. You are now ready to use your Exchange email on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
    Note: If you choose to synch your contacts or calendars and already have existing contacts or calendars on your device, you will be prompted to keep or delete them. We recommend that you keep them. They will remain separate from your Exchange contacts and calendar. 
  7. To confirm your email has been set up correctly, open Mail and send a message to yourself. Confirm the message appears in your Inbox.