How to Set Up a BellSouth Email

by Gwen WarkUpdated September 28, 2017

BellSouth merged with AT&T in late 2006. Customers who had BellSouth Internet service and email addresses are able to continue using their addresses ending in "bellsouth.net," while new subscribers to the service are given addresses from AT&T. You can't set up a new BellSouth email can be tricky as a result of this switch, since the servers are now named for AT&T's email client. A BellSouth email can be used with email readers such as Microsoft Outlook or read online using AT&T's webmail feature.

Open your email reader. BellSouth email addresses can be configured to work with a number of email clients, including Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and Mac Mail. Each program will have a slightly different protocol for creating an account, but the information you'll need will be similar.

Select the option for creating an account from the top toolbar menu. This is found in different places for each program. In Outlook, the option is under "Tools" and "Email Accounts" on the drop-down menu. For Mac Mail, the feature is under the "File" menu in the "Add Account" option. In Mozilla Thunderbird, the feature is under the "File" menu, then "New," then "Account." Each of these processes will start the account creation wizard for the program.

Enter the name you wish to have displayed on your emails into the "Display Name" box, then enter your BellSouth user name and password.

Enter "pop.att.yahoo.com" in the incoming email server settings box and "smtp.att.yahoo.com" in the outgoing email server settings box. Make sure that the option to enable authorization is selected, using the same settings as the incoming mail server.

Continue through the account creation wizard until the option to finish appears. Click "Finish" to complete the setup of your email account. You will now be able to retrieve your BellSouth email.


Only existing BellSouth email accounts can be used; new subscribers will not receive a BellSouth email address.

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