How to Access Email From Work or Home

Updated March 23, 2017

You may find e-mail hard to keep up with, if you have separate e-mail accounts and access one from home and another at work. If you want to be able to read and respond to e-mail anywhere, you can set up one or multiple e-mail accounts to read anywhere you get online.

Get an e-mail account. Even if you have a work e-mail account, it will be helpful to get your own personal e-mail account. Your personal e-mail account should have the option to be read from a website or an e-mail reader such as Mozilla Thunderbird. To get your e-mail accessible by a reader, it will need to have what is called POP access. Gmail offers free e-mail accounts with both these options.

Set up forwarding. If you have two or more e-mail accounts and you want to be able to read and respond to e-mails from any account, you can forward your e-mails to any other account you choose. The email is actually still kept in your original e-mail inbox, but a copy is also sent to the forwarded address. If you want to forward your e-mail to your personal account, you will have to ask your technical support how to set up forwarding. Every e-mail system is different, but usually it just involves listing a forwarding address in some file.

Set up your personal e-mail account to read e-mail online. For the most part this will be already done for any e-mail service. You just need to know the website URL and use your username and password to access your e-mail. You may also have to choose options for how you choose to view the email website, such as sort by date or any number of styles for best viewing.

Download a reader such as Thunderbird or buy a product such as Outlook. In the email set-up you will have to give the POP address, your username and password. You will also be asked about other options. One option you must choose is "leave messages on server." This will allow you to read the messages from an e-mail reader and still have them available to view online. You don't have to use an e-mail reader, but often it makes saving and viewing e-mails simpler and faster.

Things You'll Need

  • E-mail reader
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About the Author

Larry Amon has been working in the computer field for more than 10 years and has experience writing scripts, instructional articles and political commentary. He has been published online, as well as in "NRB Magazine" and "Delmarva Youth & Family." He started a nonprofit media organization in 2000.