Bluehost Email Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Servers

It has been more than a decade since the founding of Bluehost, and it has since grown to become one of the world's leading providers of affordable and reliable web hosting. This service offers all the rewards of the biggest and most popular site builders in a smart, secure, and user-friendly package. With that, this comprehensive guide will show you how to configure your Bluehost email settings so that you can meet the challenges that come with navigating the modern, digital environment.

Bluehost SMTP Settings

The term SMTP refers to the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, which describes the configuration of your outgoing mail server that enables software to send and receive electronic mail over the internet.

With that out of the way, the Bluehost SMTP settings are as follows:

Option Description
SMTP Host:
SMTP Port: 465 SSL/TLS
SMTP Username: Your full email address (
SMTP Password: Your mailbox password

💡 Note: replace "" with the name of your domain.

Bluehost Email Settings For Receiving Emails

For receiving messages, the POP and IMAP settings are needed instead of the SMTP settings.

Bluehost POP Settings

Option Description
POP3 Host:
POP3 Port: 995
Requires SSL: Yes
POP3 Username: Your full email address (
POP3 Password: Your mailbox password

💡 Note: replace "" with the name of your domain.

Bluehost IMAP Settings

Option Description
IMAP Host:
IMAP Port: 993
Requires SSL: Yes
IMAP Username: Your full email address (
IMAP Password: Your mailbox password

Additional Key Points to Remember

While the email settings could get you started, there are other things to keep in mind to keep going.

If you are still having trouble configuring your mail client, you should verify the information you have entered and make appropriate changes. In addition to that, check to see that your website's domain is pointing to Bluehost. For non-Bluehost-registered domains, you may need to modify the name servers. You can learn more about this through Bluehost Name Servers.

💡 Note: Also, keep in mind that the procedure of setting up each mail client can be somewhat different from one another. The majority of them offer support for Autodiscover, a feature that can automatically determine some or all of the necessary server settings based on your username and password. Take a look at this guide for a detailed breakdown of your client application.

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IMAP or POP3: What Is The Difference?

When configuring a mail address in a client application, you will get prompted to choose between configuring it as POP3 or IMAP.

When you want to retrieve a message from a mail server to view it on your device, you can use either the POP or the IMAP protocol. Nevertheless, there are key differences between both, and those differences provide advantages to one over the other in several contexts.

IMAP stands for "Internet Message Access Protocol." If you are using IMAP, the message will not get stored on the local device, such as a computer; rather, you will keep it on the server. On the other hand, POP3 stands for "Post Office Protocol." When you use POP3 mail, it will connect and attempt to save the message in its original location on the local device, such as a computer or mobile.

In the end, IMAP is the preferred protocol for getting emails across numerous devices, as it is generally more robust. Alternatively, POP may be a great solution if you wish to have offline access to all of your messages and own a dedicated email device.

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