How Do I Check For Mail Automatically?

By default, Mac Mail checks for new messages every 5 minutes, you can adjust this as follows:

  1. Select Mail -> Preferences
  2. Click the General button
  3. Click the Check for new mail drop-down menu, and then indicate how often Mac Mail should check for new messages. Note: We strongly recommend leaving this setting on the default 5 minute interval
  4. Make changes to other mail settings as desired
  5. Close the Accounts window
  6. When prompted to save your changes, click the Save button